I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life since 1994 and have been on Oprah, The View, Today, and this month, CNN Español. And here's my letter in the New York Times on 12/6 about Facebook for the younger set. My character Dear Kate is inspired by my advice column and by my losing my dad when I was too young to bear it. You can't rush grief, but my novel is uplifting too, I promise. (I poured my heart into it.)
New York Times Book Review says: "funny, perceptive and moving...I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel. ...” New York Post calls it "Required Reading," and Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal and Booklist gave it starred reviews! An ALA Notable Children's Books Nominee. Here's the first page. And here I talk about it on TV: NY1 and Twin Cities Live. Radio: NPR's WOSU.
Will you think I'm shallow if
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My first book, GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, came out in a dozen languages. AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT, and AVA XOX are in paperback and are the diaries of a fifth grade "word nerd," for ages 8 to 12. 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 to watch helpful videos and read personal essays. 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. If 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. >^..^<