Thanks for visiting! SPEED OF LIFE is in stores,  Amazon and Indies! I poured my heart into this novel, and it took years to write, so I'm beyond thrilled that it's "Required Reading" (New York Post) and has received coveted starred reviews in KirkusPublishers WeeklySchool Library Journal and Booklist! May I read you the first page? Here you go! I talk about it on TV too: NY1 and Twin Cities Live. Next signings? Gaithersburg Book Festival near DC, Sat May 20, 10 to 6; and Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook NY, Sun May 28, 1 to 2. On June 1, from 11 till noon, I'll be on WOSU talking to Ann Fisher.

I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life since 1994, and SPEED OF  LIFE is inspired in part by the letters girls write me. There's even a Dear Kate character. It's also inspired by my losing my own dad when I was too young to bear it.

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 also now in paperback. They're the diaries of a fifth grade "word nerd" with a passion for palindromes. 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, which is for ages 8 to 12. Indies and Amazon. 

Poke around to watch helpful videos, read personal essays, see who's who on my Hall of Fame photos. Please Like my Facebook page, and Follow me on Twitter or Instagram. For the books themselves, check out libraries, or buy Indie or Amazon. In School Library Journal, you can read Five Things I've Learned From Being an Advice Columnist.

Interested in an Author Visit? I love visiting schools in person and by Skype. I'll be at book festivals in Chappaqua, Warwick, and Princeton. Oh, and Chautauqua end of July. For fun: "Skype Moment of the Week" and "Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day"! I give talks en español and français too. Sí Sí Sí! Oui oui oui! I ❤ Immersion Schools! 

What else? 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 indeed a palindrome, is an archivist for NBC. And we all love our old rescue cat Mike.