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So this is cool: I'm going to speak at my alma mater, Byram Hills High School on April 30. I set part of my new novel in Armonk, New York! I'll also be signing at Eastchester Barnes & Noble on Sunday April 22, noonish.
I poured my ❤ into SPEED OF LIFE and am thrilled that it made YALSA's 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults and the Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018 Edition, and is a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2017! Order at Indies and Amazon. It's my 16th book but first Audible book. Four starred reviews: Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal and Booklist! Woohoo!
I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life since 1994 and have been on Oprah, The View, Today, CNN Español. My 48th letter in the New York Times is about Facebook for the younger set. And here's my tribute to Sue Grafton in PW.
New York Times Book Review wrote that SPEED OF LIFE is "funny, perceptive and moving...I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel. ...” New York Post calls it "Required Reading." An ALA Notable Children's Books Nominee. Here's the first page. TV: NY1 + Twin Cities Live. Radio: NPR's WOSU.
Will you think I'm shallow if
I suggest you jump to HALL OF FAME photos? It's fun! Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, Jason Reynolds, Lin Manuel Miranda! And Sue!! Which authors do you recognize? click
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 all in paperback and are the 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." Here's a quick video about the series, now at Indies, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.
Poke around for helpful videos and personal essays. Please follow me: Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. Find my books in libraries, or buy Indie or Amazon. In SLJ, you can read Five Things I've Learned From Being an Advice Columnist. For class or clubs: Speed of Life Discussion Guide. You like novels that will make you cry? listen to this.
Husband Rob Ackerman is a playwright and works for SNL. Daughter Lizzi has a pancake business, Birch Benders: 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. >^..^<