Miami Book Fair
Nov
18
2:30 PM14:30

Miami Book Fair

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.

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Teen Author Reading Night
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Author Reading Night

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), 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 7, at 6pm. I'll be reading from and talking about Always Forever Maybe. 

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AWP Conference
Mar
27
to Mar 30

AWP Conference

  • Oregon Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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. More details coming soon!

For more information about the 2019 AWP Conference, or to register, click here.

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Watch Out for Wolf! (on-sale date)
Apr
16
2:00 AM02:00

Watch Out for Wolf! (on-sale date)

My new picture book featuring five little piggies and one very big surprise comes out in hardcover on April 16, 2018. Watch Out for Wolf! is illustrated by the wonderful Charles Santoso. To learn more about the book, click here.

Preorder: IndieboundB&N | Amazon | BAMBook DepositoryIndigo 

Click here to add the book on Goodreads.

Read illustrator Charles Santoso’s and my interview with Mr. Schu about the process of creating the book here.

This little piggy is excited!

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Ghouls & Gourds Festival
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Ghouls & Gourds Festival

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!

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Labyrinth Books
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Labyrinth Books

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. 

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Anderson's Bookshop YA Fandom Frenzy
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Anderson's Bookshop YA Fandom Frenzy

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!

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Anderson's Bookshop Young Adult Literature Conference
Oct
20
8:00 AM08:00

Anderson's Bookshop Young Adult Literature Conference

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.

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Anna, Banana, and the Sleepover Secret (on-sale date)
Oct
9
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 9, 2018. To learn more about Anna, Banana, and the Sleepover Secret, click here. To add the book on Goodreads, click here

PreorderB&N | AmazonIndiebound | 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). 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.

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Princeton Children's Book Festival
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Princeton Children's Book Festival

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 MaybeThe Teacher's Pet, and the Anna, Banana books from 11am to 4pm.

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Decatur Book Festival
Aug
31
to Sep 2

Decatur Book Festival

I look forward to bringing Always Forever Maybe to the AJC Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country!), held in downtown Decatur, Georgia, over Labor Day weekend.

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).

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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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