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My new novel, SPEED OF LIFE, is an American Library Association Notable Children's Books Nominee and is at Amazon and Indies! You can even preorder the Audible book! The New York Times Book Review says it's "funny, perceptive and moving...I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel. I will eagerly place it on my daughter's bookshelf...” (Heck, I teared up reading the review!) I'm also thrilled that the New York Post said it's "Required Reading" and KirkusPublishers WeeklySchool Library Journal and Booklist gave it starred reviews. May I read you the first page? Here you go! On TV : NY1 and Twin Cities Live. Radio? Here's NPR's WOSU.

Want advice? I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life since 1994? SPEED OF  LIFE's Dear Kate is inspired in part by the letters girls write me. The book is also inspired by my losing my own dad when I was too young to bear it... The novel is for ages 11 and up and is about first love and blending families. It's set in NYC, Westchester, and Spain.

Will you think I'm shallow if

I tell you that you might want to jump ahead to the HALL OF FAME photos section? It's fun/silly/cool. From Judy Blume to Colson Whitehead to Lin Manuel Miranda.... Just click

Let's say hi.

I've been on Today and Oprah, but what I really *love* is meeting readers at signings and schools. Ask and maybe I can  Skype your school in English or Spanish or French. ¡Sí! ¡Sí! Oui! Oui! I'll be in Dallas's new Interabang Books on Sept 2 at 3 (after a visit to Ursuline Academy). And Eastchester's Barnes & Noble Sun Sept 24 from 12 to 4. And at book festivals this fall in Chappaqua, Warwick, and Princeton. In NYC, I'm speaking at Nightingale, Oct 6, and at the New York Society Library Nov 9 at 6:30... PS "Skype Moment of the Week" and "Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day"! 

What else?

The first of my 16 books, 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 now in paperback. They're the diaries of a fifth grade "word nerd" with a passion for palindromes, ideal 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." Enjoy this quick video about the series, available at Indies and Amazon.  

Poke around to watch helpful videos and read very personal essays. Click on my Facebook page, and Twitter or Instagram. Check out my books in libraries, or buy Indie or Amazon. In School Library Journal, you can read Five Things I've Learned From Being an Advice Columnist. For class or book clubs: Speed of Life Discussion Guide.

Husband Rob Ackerman is a playwright and does props for SNL. Daughter Lizzi has a pancake business, Birch Benders, and was on the 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. Happy Summertime!

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