I’m glad you’re here! You’ll find essays, interviews, photos. 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. Hanser is publishing How to Climb a Mountain in the Rain in Flip-Flops —their title for Speed of Life! I did an “Instagram takeover”! (I speak French, Spanish, and Italian, but not German. Sorry! Tut mir leid.)
SPEED OF LIFE is my latest—and film rights have been optioned! 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. When possible support your local indie. You can also order at Indies, Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, more. Starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist!! YALSA's 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and Bank Street and Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best.
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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? Which authors do you recognize? Just click. My PW tribute to 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 diaries of a fifth grader. 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. And 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. (New plays: Loyalty and Gumballs.) 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! And we all love our rescue cat Mike. >^..^< What am I working on now? A novel about a painting…