Can you believe I’ve been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life for 25 years? Here’s how I got my start —in one TV minute. My first book was Girltalk. I grew up in Armonk, New York, studied French and Spanish literature at Yale, earned an MA from Middlebury in Madrid, and live in Manhattan.
SPEED OF LIFE is my newest book. The New York Times says it "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. Indies, Amazon, Audible.
On Oct 26, I’ll be at the book festival in Easton, PA. I’m staying with Victoria Jamieso, who drew the AVA covers!
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I suggest you jump right to HALL OF FAME photos? Judy Blume! Jason Reynolds! Lin Manuel Miranda! Tom Wolfe! Oh, and here’s my PW tribute to Sue Grafton.
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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 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." Knopf published my Melanie Martin diaries. 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 Q & A. You speak German? Speed of Life is titled: How to Climb a Mountain in the Rain in Flip-Flops—I did an “Instagram takeover.”
Husband Rob Ackerman is the property master for the SNL film unit and is a playwright. Theresa Rebeck directed Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson. Daughter Lizzi has a pancake business, Birch Benders: Today Show and Forbes. And Emme, whose name is a palindrome, is a grad student in Edinburgh and ran a mountain marathon! I’m now working on a novel about a girl in a painting by Velázquez. Stay tuned… XOX Carol