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 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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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!
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.
I'll be reading (and signing!) The Teacher's Pet at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Children's Day (Saturday, September 16) at 11:30am on the Picture Book Stage at MetroTech Commons in downtown Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the Brooklyn Book Festival, and for a full list of authors and events, click here.
Join Mr. Stricter, Bruno, and me for The Teacher's Pet story time at Community Bookstore in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Sunday, September 10th at 11am. Community Bookstore was my neighborhood book shop for more than 13 years, so I'm excited to return "home" for this special story time event!
P.S. There will be cookies.
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!
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!
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.