Thanks for visiting! I’m the author of 16 books--half fiction, half nonfiction--and am so excited that my newest, SPEED OF LIFE, hits shelves April 4! Preorder now at Amazon or Indies. I poured my heart into it and am thrilled that it has now received four (!!!!) starred reviews! Kirkus and  Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal and Booklist! May I read you the first page? Here you go! I hereby invite you to my launch party in NYC. It's at Corner Bookstore, Mon 4/3 at 6 PM. I'll also be at Barnes & Noble in Edina, MN on Th, 4/13 at 7 PM, and at Barnes & Noble, Union Square 4/29 at 9:30 AM.

I've 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 kids' novels, AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT, and AVA XOX are all out in paperback. They're 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 Indies and Amazon. 

Poke around to watch helpful videos, read personal essays, peruse my fun Hall of Fame photos, Like my Facebook page, and Follow me on Twitter or Instagram. For the books themselves, hit libraries, or buy Indie or Amazon.  

Interested in an Author Visit? I love visiting schools in person and by Skype. I'm off soon to MN (Normandale, Highlands in Edina, and will be at book festivals in Hudson and Gaithersburg and Chappaqua and Warwick. Also Chautauqua end of July. And check out this "Skype Moment of the Week" and "Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day"! I give talks en español and français too. Sí Sí Sí! Oui oui oui! I ❤ Immersion Schools! One more thing. My daughter Lizzi has a pancake business and was just on the Today Show. Cool, right?