Please join me for a Watch Out for Wolf! story time at the Stonington Public Library in downtown Stonington, Maine (which supplied me with many wonderful books when I was a kid!), on Saturday, August 3rd, at 9:30am. This free, fun event is open to the public, and suitable for story lovers of all ages, especially picture-book fans.
Join me and many other children's book creators at the 14th annual Princeton Children's Book Festival at the Princeton Public Library and Albert E. Hines Memorial Plaza in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday, September 14. I will be there signing Watch Out for Wolf!, The Teacher's Pet, Always Forever Maybe, and the Anna, Banana chapter books from 11am to 4pm.
Join me and many other YA and children's book creators at the Warwick Children's Book Festival on Saturday, October 12, on Railroad Avenue in the center of Warwick, New York (a village in the lower Hudson Valley). I will be there signing Watch Out for Wolf!, The Teacher's Pet, Always Forever Maybe, and the Anna, Banana books from 11am to 4pm. For more information about the festival, and to see a list of participating authors and illustrators, please visit the festival website.
Anna and her friends are putting on a magic show!
The eighth book in the Anna, Banana chapter-book series, Anna, Banana, and the Magic Show Mix-Up, will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook on November 5, 2019. To read more about it, click here.
To add the book on Goodreads, click here.
Life on earth isn’t always fair, so Sophia is off to the moon….
My new picture book with illustrator Mika Song comes out on March 31, 2020. Love, Sophia on the Moon is a mother-daughter story about anger, imagination, unconditional love, and moonicorns. To learn more about the book, please click here.
Cover reveal coming soon!
Join me at Dorcas Library in Prospect Harbor, Maine, on Wednesday, May 15, at 6pm, for an evening of talking about children’s and young adult books and their creation. This free event is open to story lovers (and creators!) of all ages.
My visit to Dorcas Library is made possible by Island Readers & Writers, an organization that connects Maine children with authors and illustrators. IRW is also coordinating and sponsoring my appearances at four Maine elementary schools the same week.
I’m excited to be part of the second annual Shreve Memorial Library Children’s Book Festival in Shreveport, Louisiana on Saturday, May 4. Join me and several other children’s book creators on the Southwest greens of the Louisiana State University at Shreveport campus from 10am to 4pm, for a day of bookish fun.
My new picture book featuring five little piggies and one very big surprise comes out in hardcover and ebook on April 16, 2018. Watch Out for Wolf! is illustrated by the wonderful Charles Santoso. To learn more about the book, click here.
Read illustrator Charles Santoso’s and my interview with Mr. Schu about the process of creating the book here.
This little piggy is excited!
I look forward to attending the Association of Writers & Writing Programs' annual conference from March 27-30 in Portland, Oregon. I will be speaking about Always Forever Maybe and more on the panel Writing What We Know: Mining Personal Experience in YA Fiction with authors Amy Reed, Lilliam Rivera, Shaun David Hutchinson, and Ryan Douglass, on Friday, March 29, at 12pm.
For more information about the 2019 AWP Conference, or to register, click here.
I’m excited to join authors Sara Holland (Everless) and Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess) on the Princeton stop of their Fire & Time Tour. We’ll be at Barnes & Noble Princeton/Market Fair on Thursday, February 21, at 7pm.
February 1st is World Read Aloud Day, and I look forward to spending it sharing my love of books and writing with students in classrooms across the country. If you are a teacher or librarian and you and your students (grades K-5 or high school) would like to Skype with me for WRAD, you can reserve a 20-minute time slot here.
If you'd like to find a different author or illustrator 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.
Yay for reading!
I look forward to sharing a stage with authors Zoraida Córdova (Bruja Born), Mia Garcia (The Resolutions), Sarah Beth Durst (Fire and Heist), Amy McNamara (A Flicker in the Clarity), Natasha Sinel (Soulstruck), Jessica Blank (Legacy), and moderator David Levithan (Every Day) for Teen Author Reading Night at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library (on the corner of 6 Ave and 10 St in Manhattan) on Wednesday, December 5, at 6pm. I'll be reading from and talking about Always Forever Maybe.
I'm honored to be part of the amazing author lineup at the Miami Book Fair in Miami, Florida. On Sunday, November 18, I’ll be speaking about toxic relationships and traumatic events in YA, on the My Body Is My Own: YA Women Fight Back panel with Jenny Torres Sanchez (The Fall of Innocence), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday’s Not Coming), and Natasha Ngan (Girls Made of Paper and Fire), at 2:30pm in the MDC Live Arts Lab.
I'm ghoulishly delighted to be part of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual Ghouls & Gourds Festival on Saturday, October 27, in Brooklyn, New York. I'll be one of several children's book creators hanging out on Author Avenue inside the Botanic Garden. I will be there signing Always Forever Maybe, The Teacher's Pet, and the Anna, Banana books from noon to 4pm. Authors and illustrators will talk, sign books (offered for sale on-site by Community Bookstore), and give short readings to visitors both in and out of costume. Join us!
Join me and acclaimed YA authors Claire Legrand (Sawkill Girls), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday's Not Coming), and Nova Ren Suma (A Room Away from the Wolves) at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, New Jersey, on Tuesday, October 23 at 6pm, for a conversation about the craft of writing commercially-appealing fiction with a literary bent. We will discuss our best (and worst) techniques for writing and revising, lessons pulled from working with an editor, how plot shapes character and character shapes plot, and more. Perfect for curious readers and aspiring writers of all genres.
Anderson's Bookshops present their 6th annual YA Fandom Frenzy on Sunday, October 21, a day just for teens and YA authors, including author panels, signings, and more. Attendees must be 22 or younger as of 10/21/18 (exceptions: parents and educators attending with teens). Tickets are $5 each and include a $5 coupon for a same-day book purchase. For more information or to register for the event, click here. I'm excited to be part of the frenzy!
Anderson's Bookshops present their 15th Annual YA Literature Conference for authors, librarians, and educators on Saturday, October 20. I'm pleased to take part!
SATURDAY is a day just for Teachers, Librarians & Adult Fans of YA! Meet the authors, enjoy a continental breakfast and a plated lunch, hear keynote speakers, attend breakout sessions on current topics, and listen to book talks on the best in new YA. Seven professional development hours are offered to those who attend the full day. There will be opportunities to shop the conference bookstore through out the day and book signings with all the authors following the day’s events.
For more information, including a full list of participating authors, or to register, click here.
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). I will be there signing Always Forever Maybe, The Teacher's Pet, and the Anna, Banana books from 11am to 4pm. For more information about the festival, and to see a list of participating authors and illustrators, please visit the festival website.
Join me and many other children's book creators at the 13th annual Princeton Children's Book Festival at the Princeton Public Library and Albert E. Hines Memorial Plaza in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday, September 22. I will be there signing Always Forever Maybe, The Teacher's Pet, and the Anna, Banana books from 11am to 4pm.
Find me on the YA Stage on Saturday, September 1 at 12:30pm, for the panel If It Ain't Love with authors Alexa Donne, Nisha Sharma, and Julian Winters (moderated by Terra Elan McVoy).
I'll also be moderating two conversations on the Children's Stage. Find me there on Saturday at 3:15pm (for the Who Am I? panel with middle-grade authors Pablo Cartaya, Henry Lien, and Stacy McAnulty) and Sunday at 12:45pm (for the You Go, Girl! panel with picture-book creators Tom Angleberger, Ebony Glenn, and Shanda McCloskey).
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.
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 Astoria Bookshop in Astoria, New York, on Thursday, June 7, at 6:30pm for the last stop on the Epic Reads Summer Meet-up Tour.
To RSVP, please click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 | Target | S&S.
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. Benton: Franz 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 Frick: Five 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.