I’m glad you’re here! Can you believe I’m been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life for 25 years? Whoa. That’s a lot of letters from girls! Here’s how I got my start —in one TV minute. I’ve written 16 books, from my first, GIRLTALK, to, most recently, SPEED OF LIFE. (In German, the title is How to Climb a Mountain in the Rain in Flip-Flops—I did an “Instagram takeover.”)
I poured my heart into SPEED OF LIFE, and it’s at your local indie or at Indies, Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble. Right now it’s a July Kindle Deal —you can buy the ebook for just $1.99. Reviews? New York Times: "funny, perceptive and moving... I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel.” New York Post: "Required Reading." Here’s the first page. Starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist!! YALSA's 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bank Street, and Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best.
Want me to visit your school or Skype? Just ask. I’ll be at Chappaqua and Easton Book Festivals this fall.
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I suggest you jump to HALL OF FAME photos? Judy Blume! Lois Lowry! Jason Reynolds! Lin Manuel Miranda! Tom Wolfe! Cool, right? Who do you recognize? My PW tribute to my friend, Sue Grafton.
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My first book, GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, came out in a dozen languages and is still in print. AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT, and AVA XOX are fun diaries of a fifth grader who loves words (and palindromes). The New York Times says AVA AND PIP is "a love letter to language" and "perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood." A quick video.
Join me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 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 make you cry, listen to this. Another recent Q & A.
Husband Rob Ackerman works for SNL and is a playwright. His latest play got a rave in the New Yorker! Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson. Daughter Lizzi has a pancake business, Birch Benders featured on Today Show and Forbes. And Emme, whose name is a palindrome, just ran a mountain marathon in Scotland! I’m now working on a novel about a painting by Velázquez. Stay tuned! XOX Carol