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Can you believe I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life for almost 25 years?? Whoa! I've also been on Oprah, The View, Today. Here's my 48th letter in the New York Times. Recent TV: Squawk Box + NY1 + Twin Cities Live, and last year I spoke in Spanish about teens and abuse on CNN Español. (Sí, hablo español...)
I love the new cover or SPEED OF LIFE -- and the reviews! New York Times Book Review: "funny, perceptive and moving... I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel.” New York Post: "Required Reading." Curious? Here's the first page. Find it at booksellers, Barnes & Nobles (YA Must Read!), Indies, Amazon, Audible! FOUR starred reviews: Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist. YALSA's 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children's Books, Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best.
Will you think I'm shallow if
I suggest you jump to HALL OF FAME photos? Judy Blume! Lois Lowry! Jason Reynolds! Lin Manuel Miranda! Tom Wolfe! Cool, right? Which authors do you recognize? Just click. Here's 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 in paperback and are 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.
Poke around and follow 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. And if you like novels that make you cry, listen to this.
Husband Rob Ackerman works for SNL and is a playwright--watch for Loyalty and Gumballs. Daughter Lizzi has a pancake business, Birch Benders featured on the Today Show and HuffPo. Emme, whose name is a palindrome, just left NBC for new adventures. And we all love our rescue cat Mike. >^..^<