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I poured my ❤ into SPEED OF LIFE and am thrilled that it made YALSA's 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults and 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 and first Audible book. Four starred reviews: KirkusPublishers WeeklySchool Library Journal and Booklist! Woohoo! Preorder the paperback.

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 supporting brick-and-mortar bookstores. And here's my tribute to Sue Grafton in PW. And me on TV: Squawk Box.

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.  

I *love* meeting readers. Ask about Skyping your school in English or Spanish or French.  "Skype Moment of the Week" and "Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day."

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I suggest you jump to HALL OF FAME photos? It's fun! Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, Jason Reynolds, Lin Manuel Miranda! Tom Wolfe! Which authors do you recognize? Just click!

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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 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 pageTwitter 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. >^..^<

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