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I poured my ❤ into SPEED OF LIFE and now you can preorder it in paperback! It's about a 14-year-old girl who thinks her life is over when really it is just beginning. New York Times Book Review says it's "funny, perceptive and moving... I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel.” New York Post calls it "Required Reading." And I invite *you* to read the first page.

To order: IndiesAmazonAudible! Starred reviews: KirkusPublishers WeeklySchool Library Journal, Booklist! YALSA's 2018 Best Fiction for Young AdultsBank Street Best Children's Books, Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best. Coming up: Chappaqua Book Fair and Warwick. 

I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life since '94 (!) and have been on Oprah, The View, Today. Here's my 48th letter in the New York Times. On TV: Squawk Box + NY1 + Twin Cities Live, and CNN Español

I *love* meeting readers. Please invite me to your school's book fair or to Skype. Skype Moment of the WeekPublishers Weekly Photo of the Day.

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I suggest you jump to HALL OF FAME photos? Judy Blume! Lois Lowry! Jason Reynolds! Lin Manuel Miranda! Tom Wolfe! Which authors do you recognize? Just click. Here's my tribute in PW 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 all 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, now at Indies, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.  

Poke around for helpful videos and personal essays and please follow me on TwitterInstagram and Facebook. 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 want to hear about other novels that will make you cry: listen to this.

Husband Rob Ackerman works for SNL and is a playwright--watch for news about Loyalty and Gumballs. 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 rescue cat Mike.  >^..^<




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