I’m glad you’re here! I’ve written 16 books and have been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life for 25 years! Here’s how I got my start —in one TV minute. Hanser just published my newest novel, SPEED OF LIFE, in German. Their title: How to Climb a Mountain in the Rain in Flip-Flops —I even did an “Instagram takeover”! (I speak French, Spanish, and Italian, but not German. Sorry! Tut mir leid.)
I hope you’ll read SPEED OF LIFE. I poured my heart into it and—fingers crossed—it’s been optioned. It got great 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. Find it at your local indie or order at Indies, Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble. Stars 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.
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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? Who do you recognize? 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 fun 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." 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. You like novels that make you cry, listen to this. Another recent Q & A.
Husband Rob Ackerman works for SNL and is a playwright. Newest play: Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson. Whoa, it’s about to open!! 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! I’m now working on a novel about a painting. Stay tuned! XOX Carol