First of all, I know my dress looks like a newspaper. Trust me, it's a hit on school visits--and my parents were journalists. I’m from Armonk, New York, but live in Manhattan. I'm a Phi Beta Kappa comp lit graduate of Yale, with an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury. I've been on Today, Oprah and The View, and my third book in the AVA series, Ava XOX, comes out in paperback 2/17. My next novel, SPEED OF LIFE, comes out in April 4. I'm really excited about this, and Newbery Medalist Richard Peck calls it a "wonderful book that takes us from love to laughter."

What else? I’m big on cats and walks and art museums, and my husband Rob makes a mean paella. I have two daughters; one works for NBC and one co-started Birch Benders Micro-Pancakery. My sense of direction is pathetic, but I’m a good skier because, well, you keep heading downnnnnn. More on Wikipedia. If you'd like me to visit or Skype your school or mother-daughter book club, let me know. Happy to do interviews in Spanish or French too.