Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm the author of 16 books for kids, teens, and adults. The newest, SPEED OF LIFE, (Amazon and Indies) is now an Audible book! It's my most personal novel and the New York Times Book Review says: "funny, perceptive and moving...I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel. ...” (Heck, I teared up reading that line!) New York Post calls it "Required Reading," and KirkusPublishers WeeklySchool Library Journal and Booklist all gave it starred reviews! An ALA Notable Children's Books Nominee. Here's  the first page. TV: NY1 and Twin Cities Live. Radio: NPR's WOSU.  

I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life since 1994 and have been a guest on Oprah, The View and Today. Dear Kate in SPEED OF LIFE is inspired by my work with teens and by my losing my dad when I was too young to bear it. You can't rush grief, but the novel is uplifting too, and Sofia finds new love. I poured my heart into this book and hope you like it.

I *love* meeting readers. I can Skype your school in English or Spanish.  "Skype Moment of the Week" and "Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day." 

Will you think I'm shallow if

I suggest you jump to HALL OF FAME photos? It's fun. From Judy Blume to Colson Whitehead to Lin Manuel Miranda! How many people do you recognize? click

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My first book, GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, came out in a dozen languages. AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT, and AVA XOX are in paperback and are the diaries of a fifth grade "word nerd," for ages 8 to 12. The New York Times says AVA AND PIP is "a love letter to language" and "perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood." Here's a quick video about the series, now at Indies, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.  

Poke around to watch helpful videos and read personal essays. Follow me on my Facebook pageTwitter and Instagram. Check out my books in libraries, or buy Indie or Amazon. In SLJ, you can read Five Things I've Learned From Being an Advice Columnist. For class or clubs: Speed of Life Discussion Guide. If you like novels that will make you cry, listen to this.

Husband Rob Ackerman is a playwright and works for SNL. Daughter Lizzi has a pancake business, Birch Benders: Today Show and in HuffPo. Daughter Emme, whose name is a palindrome, is an archivist for NBC. And we all love our old rescue cat Mike. >^..^<

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