YAY! WOW! AVA!

Hello! 

Ava just won the Young Reader Award in Nevada, and I'm proud too that the New York Times called AVA AND PIP "a love letter to language," and said "Weston perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood." 


Subjects I cover, as you may know, include: Shyness, Sibling Rivalry, Cats, Best Friends, First Crush, Body Awareness... but always with a light touch. (Books should be fun!)


If you're a teacher or librarian, 1) I love you.  2) I like visiting schools in person or by Skype.

Please look for SPEED OF LIFE on April 4, 2017.
xo
Carol  

Ava XOX comes out tomorrow!!

I'm getting ready for this big week. If you are in NYC, come to Barnes & Noble this Wednesday at seven. I'd love to meet you! Tomorrow, I'll look over my power point, practice reading a few  pages aloud, and I might get my nails done. Today I figured out which dress to wear. All part of Being a Writer. Oh. Wait. Is this TMI? And do male writers think like this? And is anyone reading these words?

Wow! Holidays!

Okay, so clearly I'm no good at regular blogging. Please know that I wish you a wonderful holiday and hope you find time to read for pleasure. Remember too that sharing presence (note spelling!) is the best gift of all. This week, I enjoyed speaking at a school in Harlem, and last month, I went to the Twin Cities to meet teachers at the National Council of Teachers of English. (I'm still pinching myself that AVA AND PIP is a Notable of the Children's Literature Assembly.) Oh, and guess what Book Riot's Karina Glaser said yesterday about AVA AND PIP? "This book will make you say W-O-W!" and "This delightful series is filled with wordplay." (Y-A-Y!) 

 

Old Mill Road School...

Tomorrow I'm taking a train to Merrick and I'm looking forward to speaking to lots of kids, grades three to six. Supposed to be another beautiful day! Today I worked hard on the very very last tweaks of AVA XOX. It comes out on Feb 2, so it's my lasssst chance to do revisions. Psssst, here's a secret: I can keep revising until the cows come home!

KidLitCom, Here I Come!

Writers spend a lot of time all by their lonesomes, so I'm really looking forward to going to Baltimore this weekend to meet people who blog about children's and young adult literature. I love hanging out with readers, writers, and book people. I'll be getting on the train Friday morning, a manuscript of SPEED OF LIFE in hand… and on Friday afternoon, from three to five, please come say hi at the lobby of the Hyatt Place Hotel. Lots of other authors too!!

 

Chappaqua! Somerset! Rain or Shine… and it's Rain...

Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 3 from ten until four, I'll be at the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival. There will be 85 authors! How fun will that be? I tend to sign piles of books -- and buy piles of books. It all kind of works out.

On Sunday, Oct 4, I'm giving a talk first thing in the morning about my new novel AVA XOX which comes out in February. I'll be talking to New Atlantic Independent Booksellers in Somerset, New Jersey. Which is cool because I love book people! I just hope there's lots of coffee...

If you're at either venue, by all means, come say hi!

OCT 3 Book Festival

I'd love to meet you! If you live in Westchester or even New York City, come to the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival. It's from 10 until 4 on Saturday October 3 and it's free and fun. There will be piles of authors, from Peter Sis to Gail Carson Levine, Ed Young, Mark Teague, Vicki Cobb, Sally Cook, Peter Lerangis -- and li'l ol' me. Signed books make great gifts. (Did I tell you that I collect signed books? I have personally signed books from Dr. Spock, Shel Silverstein, Raffi, E.L. Doctorow, Kate Atkinson, Sue Grafton, and so many others…)  

This New Website

My biggest news is that I have this brand new website. Back in 2000, I was way way ahead of the curve back but whoa, suddenly it was high time to overhaul my old site. Now, thanks to Suits & Sandals, I'm ready for prime time. We keep tweaking and adding and we're almost ready….

AVA XOX

The third AVA book is coming out on February 1, 2016. Preorder here. On page one, Ava finds out that a new girl has asked out Chuck, her best guy friend. And he said "Okay." What??? This is so NOT okay! How will Ava fix things? And can she help Tanya who has been getting bullied because of her weight?

Stay tuned to see what stores and schools I'll be visiting for the book tour. Sometimes I visit a school or city simply because a family invites me and gets the ball rolling. I'm always looking for an excuse to see family in Denver, Columbus, Atlanta, Sarasota...