Happy Fall!

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 by far 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 this review!) New York Post calls it "Required Reading," and KirkusPublishers WeeklySchool Library Journal and Booklist all gave it starred reviews. It's 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. SPEED OF  LIFE's Dear Kate is inspired by girls' letters and by my losing my dad when I was too young to bear it... The novel is for ages 11 and up and is about grief, first love and blending families. I poured my heart into it!

Let's say hi.

I've been on Today, The View, and Oprah, but what I *love* most is meeting readers. I can Skype your school in English or Spanish or French. ¡Sí! Oui! Just ask.

Book festivals and school visits coming up: 10/23 Hellenic Classical Charter School, fourth grade; 10/30 Hewitt, fourth through sixth; 11/4 CT in Stoors. Also: New York Society Library, 11/9; NCTE in St. Louis. "Skype Moment of the Week" and "Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day." 

Will you think I'm shallow if

I suggest you jump to the HALL OF FAME photos section? It's fun. From Judy Blume to Colson Whitehead to Lin Manuel Miranda... Who do you recognize? click

What else?

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 now in paperback: the diaries of a fifth grade "word nerd," ideal 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, available at Indies and Amazon.  

Poke around to watch helpful videos and read very personal essays. Follow me on my Facebook page,  Twitter or 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.

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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