I love turning kids into readers. I’m the author of 15 books and have been the "Dear Carol" advice columnist at Girls' Life since 1994. My first book, GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, came out in a dozen languages and has been in print for three decades! And now I'm excited about my newest novel, SPEED OF LIFE, coming in April! 

AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT, and AVA XOX are the diaries of fifth grader Ava Wren. The New York Times says AVA AND PIP is "a love letter to language" and "perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood."  Vanity Fair calls AVA AND TACO CAT "purrfect." Sue Grafton told her Facebook fans: "My grandkids love the AVA WREN series." A-V-A herself says W-O-W and Y-A-Y!  They are also available at all Indie and other bookstores and Amazon. And some Costcos!

Please poke around to watch helpful videos, read personal essays, peruse my fun Hall of Fame photos, Like my page on Facebook, and Follow me on Twitter. I like Likes! I hope you can support your local bookseller, but whether you to go to bookstores or libraries, buy Indie or shop Amazon, thank *you* for putting books in the hands of kids! 

I also love visiting schools in person and by Skype. Contact me and check out this "Skype Moment of the Week" and "Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day"! I can even give talks en español. Sí Sí Sí! Oh and what happens in Vegas should be shared: AVA AND PIP just won the 2016 Nevada Young Readers' Award! How cool is that? I'll be in Vegas during the third debate. AVA AND PIP is up for the Maud Hart Lovelace Award in Minnesota too! Fingers crossed!