I love turning kids and teens into readers. I’m the author of 16 books and have been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life since 1994. My first book, GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, came out in a dozen languages, and my newest novel, SPEED OF LIFE, hits shelves in April! Preorder now at Amazon or Indies! I poured my heart into it! Want to hear me read the first page? Here you go! I hereby invite you  to my launch party at Corner Bookstore in NYC on April 3 at 6 PM. Really, I'd love for you to be there!

AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT, and AVA XOX are the diaries of a fifth grade "word nerd" named Ava who has a good heart and a passion for palindromes. The New York Times says AVA AND PIP is "a love letter to language" and "perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood." Here's my quick video about all three. Available at Indie and other stores and Amazon. 

Please poke around here to watch helpful videos, read personal essays, peruse my fun Hall of Fame photos, Like me on Facebook, and Follow me on Twitter or Instagram.  When possible, support your local bookseller, but whether you to go to libraries, buy Indie or Amazon, thank you for checking out my work! 

I also love visiting schools in person and by Skype. Contact me and check out this "Skype Moment of the Week" and "Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day"! I can even give talks en español. Sí Sí Sí! This week? I'm off to Atlanta for the American Library Association conference. I'm signing SPEED OF LIFE Sunday at 2 at Booth 2138! See you there?