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SPEED OF LIFE is an American Library Association Notable Children's Books Nominee and is now at bookstores, Amazon and Indies! I poured my whole heart into this novel and the New York Times Book Review says it's "funny, perceptive and moving...I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel. I will eagerly place it on my daughter's bookshelf so that she, like Sofia, can find her own resilience and voice in our painful, joyful, speeding world.” The New York Post said it's "Required Reading." It's also received starred reviews in KirkusPublishers WeeklySchool Library Journal and Booklist. May I read you the first page? Here you go! On TV at NY1 and Twin Cities Live. And on NPR's  WOSU. And yes, I'm hoping you'll snag a copy!

I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life since 1994, and SPEED OF  LIFE is inspired in part by the letters girls write to me. There's even a Dear Kate! It's also inspired by my losing my own dad when I was too young to bear it... But SPEED is not just about grief, it's about first love and blending families. Set in NYC, Westchester and Spain, it will soon be an audiobook. Age 11+

Let's say hi.

I've been on Today and Oprah but what I really *love* is visiting schools in person and by Skype. I can do so in English or Spanish or French. ¡Sí! ¡Sí! Oui! Oui! Where to find me? The book festivals in Chappaqua, Warwick, and Princeton. In Chautauqua, the Library Aug 1 at 3:15 and Author's Alcove at 4. In Dallas,  Interabang Books on Sept 2 at 3. In NYC, at Nightingale, Oct 6, and NY Society Library Nov 9 at 6:30. Here, I'm a "Skype Moment of the Week" and "Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day"! And of course often just at my Upper West Side desk or maybe roaming around an art museum somewhere...

The first of my 16 books, 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 also now in paperback. They're the diaries of a fifth grade "word nerd" with a passion for palindromes, 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." Enjoy this quick video about the series, available at Indies and Amazon.  

What else?

Poke around to watch helpful videos, read very personal essays, and guess who's who on my fun Hall of Fame photos. Click on my Facebook page, and  Twitter or Instagram. Check out my books in libraries, or buy Indie or Amazon. In School Library Journal, you can read Five Things I've Learned From Being an Advice Columnist. For class or book clubs: Speed of Life Discussion Guide.

Husband Rob Ackerman is a playwright and does props for SNL. Daughter Lizzi has a pancake business, Birch Benders, and was on the 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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