Anna, Banana, and the Sleepover Secret (on-sale date)
Oct
2
6:00 AM06:00

Anna, Banana, and the Sleepover Secret (on-sale date)

Book seven in the Anna, Banana series will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook on October 2, 2018. To learn more about Anna, Banana, and the Sleepover Secret, click here. To add the book on Goodreads, click here

Preorder: Amazon (paperback | hardcover) | B&N | Indiebound | BAMIndigo | iBooks | TargetS&S 

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Warwick Children's Book Festival
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Warwick Children's Book Festival

Join me and many other YA and children's book creators at the Warwick Children's Book Festival on Saturday, October 6, on Railroad Avenue in the center of Warwick, New York (a village in the lower Hudson Valley). For more information about the festival, and to see a list of participating authors and illustrators, please visit the festival website.

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Teen Book Bash at Princeton Public Library
Jun
30
4:30 PM16:30

Teen Book Bash at Princeton Public Library

Join me and several other fabulous YA authors for the first ever Teen Book Bash at the Princeton Public Library in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday, June 30.

The event starts with a free and open-to-the-public (all ages welcome!) panel from 4:30 to 5:30, featuring authors Cordelia Jensen, Claire Legrand, Laurie Morrison, Emily X.R. Pan, Anica Mrose Rissi, Nisha Sharma, and Megan McCafferty (moderator). The panel will be followed by a book signing.

A teens-only after party (limited to 40 participants) kicks off at 6pm. 

For more info, or to RSVP to the teens-only after party, please click here.

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Epic Reads Meet-up Tour, PA Stop
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Epic Reads Meet-up Tour, PA Stop

Join me and authors Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday's Not Coming), Robyn Schneider (Invisible Ghosts), and Joelle Charbonneau (Eden Conquered) at B&N Oxford Valley in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, June 6, at 7pm for the second stop on the Epic Reads Summer Meet-up Tour.

To RSVP, please click here.

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Epic Reads Meet-up Tour, D.C. Stop
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

Epic Reads Meet-up Tour, D.C. Stop

Join me and authors Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday's Not Coming), Robyn Schneider (Invisible Ghosts), and Joelle Charbonneau (Eden Conquered) at East City Bookshop in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 5 (Always Forever Maybe's release day!), at 6:30pm for the first stop on the Epic Reads Summer Meet-up Tour.

To RSVP, please click here.

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Always Forever Maybe (on-sale date)
Jun
5
12:01 AM00:01

Always Forever Maybe (on-sale date)

My YA debut, Always Forever Maybe, a contemporary novel about obsessive teenage love, toxic masculinity, an essential friendship, and the risks we take with our hearts, will be released by HarperTeen in hardcover, audio, and ebook on June 5, 2018. 

Pre-order links: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | BAM | iBooks | Libro | AudibleTargetIndigo | Book Depository (free shipping worldwide) | HarperCollins

Add Always Forever Maybe to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.

Read the story behind the cover on the B&N Teen Blog.

Booksellers, librarians, bloggers, and other industry professionals may request an electronic early review copy on Edelweiss.

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Anna, Banana, and the Recipe for Disaster (on-sale date)
Mar
20
1:00 AM01:00

Anna, Banana, and the Recipe for Disaster (on-sale date)

Book six in the Anna, Banana series will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook on March 20, 2018. If you'd like to stir up some trouble with Anna and her friends, please ask for Anna, Banana, and the Recipe for Disaster at your favorite local bookstore or library, or pre-order it online: Indiebound | B&N | BAM | iBooks | Amazon | Indigo | TargetS&S

To learn more about the book, click here. To find it on Goodreads, click here. Thanks for your support!

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2018 AWP Conference
Mar
8
to Mar 10

2018 AWP Conference

  • Tampa Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I look forward to attending the Association of Writers & Writing Programs's annual conference from March 8-10 in Tampa, Florida. On Thursday, March 8, I will be speaking about Always Forever Maybe and more on two panels:

(A)Dressing the Wound: Writing the Traumatic Event with Truth and Sensitivity (10:30am in Grand Salon B on the second floor of the Marriott Waterside, March 8), with authors Bree Barton, Emily X.R. Pan, Sonia Belasco, and Terry J. BentonFranz Kafka famously said we ought to “read only the kind of books that wound or stab us.” But Kafka was coming from a place of privilege—and he wasn’t writing for young adults. How do you write the reality of rape, suicide, police brutality, and violence without re-traumatizing young readers? And how do you plumb the depths of your personal traumas while also taking care of yourself emotionally? In this panel, five YA authors talk about how and why they write traumatic events into their novels.

From Best Friends Forever to Toxic Bonds: Digging Deep into Complex Female Friendships in Young Adult Literature (3pm in Meeting Room 1 on the second floor of the Marriott Waterside, March 8), with authors Amy Reed, Marcy Beller Paul, Sarah Nicole Smetana, and Kit FrickFive YA authors from debut to established discuss the complex, three-dimensional friendships that populate their work: Blurred boundaries between friendship and obsession; shattered friend groups; lasting friendships tested by difficult new relationships; girls from diverse backgrounds uniting to fight misogynist culture. Panelists discuss one another's work and the choices that have inspired theirs when writing fiercely good and withstanding to fiercely fraught and destructive teen friendships.

For more information about the 2018 AWP Conference, or to register, click here.

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World Read Aloud Day 2018
Feb
1
8:00 AM08:00

World Read Aloud Day 2018

February 1st is World Read Aloud Day, and I look forward to spending it Skyping with students in classrooms from Maine to Hawaii, and spots in between. My schedule for the day is already full, but if you're a teacher or librarian and you'd like to find an author to Skype with your school for WRAD, check out this list of author volunteers on Kate Messner's website.

If you would like me to Skype with (or visit) your classroom or school on another day, I'd be delighted to try to make it work. Please see the school visits page for more information.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Ghouls & Gourds Festival
Oct
28
12:00 PM12:00

Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Ghouls & Gourds Festival

Join me at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual Ghouls & Gourds Festival on Saturday, October 28, in Brooklyn, New York. I'll be one of the authors and illustrators hanging out at the festival's Book Barn from noon to four. We'll talk, sign books, and give short readings to visitors both in and out of costume. My reading is at 12:30pm, so swing by Author Avenue then to hear and see The Teacher's Pet!

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Back-to-School Picture Book Bonanza at Books of Wonder
Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

Back-to-School Picture Book Bonanza at Books of Wonder

Join author-illustrator teams Kate McMullan and Jim McMullan (I'm Smart), Tara Lazar and Ross MacDonald (7 Ate 9), and Zachariah OHora and me (The Teacher's Pet) for an afternoon of stories and fun at the Back-to-School Picture Book Bonanza at Books of Wonder in New York City on Saturday, September 16th, from 1-3pm.

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Decatur Book Festival
Sep
1
to Sep 3

Decatur Book Festival

I look forward to returning to the AJC Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country!) in downtown Decatur, Georgia, on September 1-3. You'll find me (and The Teacher's Pet!) sharing a stage with Philip Stead and Matthew Cordell at the Decatur Recreation Center on Saturday, September 2nd, at 1pm, for our session, Go for the Goldfish. We'll talk about unexpected adventures with friendship and pets. Please come say hello!

Check out this list of fabulous authors who will be there. (And don't miss these three panels for which I'm the moderator!) 

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Story Time at the Blue Hill Public Library
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Story Time at the Blue Hill Public Library

Join Mr. Stricter, Bruno, and me for a special The Teacher's Pet story time at the Blue Hill Public Library in Blue Hill, Maine, on Saturday, July 29th at 10am. This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!

For those who wish to take home a signed copy of The Teacher's Pet, Blue Hill Books will have them available for purchase at the event--or you can call the store now to place a pre-order.

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Nerd Camp MI and Nerd Camp Jr.
Jul
10
to Jul 11

Nerd Camp MI and Nerd Camp Jr.

I'm excited to join the fun at Nerd Camp MI (an education conference--and (un)conference--with a focus on literacy and learning) and Nerd Camp Jr. (a camp for readers and writers) July 10-11 in Parma, Michigan. I'll be one of more than 50 authors and illustrators on the Nerd Camp faculty

Erin Soderberg Downing (author of Moon Shadow, the Puppy Pirates series, and more) and I will lead a Day One, Session One program on Building and Creating Stories Together: Applying Lessons from the Author-Editor Relationship to the Classroom. Join us in MS 607 for a hands-on, lively discussion of tools and techniques for brainstorming, drafting, editing, and revising, in which we'll share our experiences (and war stories!) of building and creating stories together as longtime collaborators and friends.

For more information, click here--and look for #nErDcampMI on Twitter. 

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The Teacher's Pet (on-sale date)
Jun
20
1:00 AM01:00

The Teacher's Pet (on-sale date)

  • at a bookstore or library near you! (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

My first picture book, The Teacher's Pet, illustrated by the fabulous Zachariah OHora, hits stores on June 20, 2017. Please ask for it at your local bookstore or library, or find it online using one of these pre-order links: B&N | Amazon | BAMIndiebound | Target | Indigo | iTunes. Thanks for your support!

To learn more about the book, click here. To find it on Goodreads, click here.

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Nerd Camp NJ
May
20
8:00 AM08:00

Nerd Camp NJ

I'm excited to join my fellow book nerds at nErD Camp NJ, a literacy-focused EdCamp "un-conference" and free event for educators, authors, and illustrators, to be held in Chatham, New Jersey on May 20th. There will be several amazing authors and illustrators on hand for the Author Meet & Greet from 12:30-2pm. Students welcome! 

For more information, or to sign up to attend, click here--and look for #nErDcampNJ on Twitter.

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Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten (on-sale date)
May
2
1:00 AM01:00

Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten (on-sale date)

Book five in the Anna, Banana illustrated chapter-book series goes on sale May 2, 2017. Please ask for it at your favorite local bookstore or library, or follow these pre-order links to find it online: Indiebound | B&N | BAM | iTunes | Amazon | Target

To learn more about the book, click here. To find it on Goodreads, click here. Thanks for your support!

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World Read Aloud Day 2017
Feb
16
9:30 AM09:30

World Read Aloud Day 2017

February 16th is World Read Aloud Day, and I look forward to spending it Skyping with students in classrooms from New Jersey to Hawaii, and spots in between. My schedule for the day is already full, but if you're a teacher or librarian and you'd like to find an author to Skype with your classroom or library that day, check out this list of author volunteers on Kate Messner's website.

If you would like me to Skype with (or visit) your classroom or school on another day, I'd be delighted to try to make it work. Please see the school visits page for more information.

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Decatur Book Festival
Sep
4
4:30 PM16:30

Decatur Book Festival

Anna, Banana, and I look forward to returning to the AJC Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country!) in downtown Decatur, Georgia, on September 2-4. I'll be on the panel Squad Goals: Friendship! with authors Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson on Sunday, September 4th at 4:30pm, on the Children's Stage at Decatur Recreation Center.

I will also be moderating the panel BeTWEEN, featuring authors Jason Reynolds, Kate Milford, and Terra Elan McVoy. That panel is on Saturday, September 3rd at noon, on the Teen Stage.

See you there! 

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