INTERVIEW: Check out my new interview with Write The Book’s Shelagh Shapiro… (warning: writerly geek-out ahead!)
NEW BOOK: July 9, 2019: My solo YA debut, ME, MYSELF, AND HIM, comes out from Delacorte Press. Details HERE. Online reviews are much appreciated…..thanks!
MINI-TOUR: BOSTON AND CAPE COD, AUGUST 25-28, 2019:
Workshop: Sherborn, Sunday, August 25: GETTING UNSTUCK, a 90-minute talk and workshop for anyone with a piece of writing in progress. 1:30-3:00 PM at The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA
Kids’ Workshop: Holliston, Sunday, August 25: WRITING WORKSHOP FOR KIDS (4th-8th grade encouraged, but feel free to ask for details), 4:00-5:00 PM at Aesop’s Fable Bookstore in Holliston, MA.
Book Talk: Provincetown, Monday, August 26: BOOK TALK: I’ll be having a book talk, reading, Q&A, and signing for ME, MYSELF, AND HIM, 7:00 PM at East End Books in Provincetown, MA.
Workshop: Nantucket, Wednesday, August 28: I’ll be at the Nantucket Atheneum delivering a WRITING FOR KIDS workshop appropriate for teens and adults who are interested in writing stories/novels for young readers. (Please note: this is not a picture book workshop.) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Book Talk: Nantucket, Wednesday, August 28: I’ll be at the Nantucket Atheneum talking about ME, MYSELF, AND HIM, reading from the novel, and answering questions. 7:00-8:15 PM.
BOOK FESTIVAL: October 11-12, 2019: I’ll be appearing at the Fall For the Book Festival at the Fairfax, VA campus of George Mason University. On Friday, October 11, I’ll be on a panel of middle grade humor authors, talking about the MIDDLE SCHOOL series among other things; and on Saturday, October 12, I’ll be talking YA novels, LGBTQ representation, and all things ME, MYSELF, AND HIM.
(UN)CONFERENCE: November 2, 2019, all day: I’ll be at nErDcamp Long Island (aka nErDCampLI), an “unconference” where the attending teachers, librarians, and book people determine the content on the day of the event. This one takes place at Boyd Intermediate School in Huntington, NY.
NEW BOOKS COMING in 2020: My first co-authored adult novel with James Patterson will be out sometime in the new year, as will a new installment in the MIDDLE SCHOOL series. Details to come!
AUTHOR-PALOOZA: March, 2020: I’m already looking forward to being part of Cavalcade of Authors in eastern Washington state, including school visits, a book festival, and more. Details to come!
WORKSHOP: May 17-21, 2020: Join me and the amazing Erin Dionne for Getting Your Novel Unstuck at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. This four-day workshop is aimed at anyone with a middle grade or young adult manuscript in progress–and if you’ve never visited Highlights before, do yourself a favor and check it out, even if it’s not for our event. Seriously, this place is magical, and they offer a year-round slate of classes, with something for everyone. Dates and more details coming soon.
– March 29, 2018: The MIDDLE SCHOOL series just hit 50 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Woot!
– October 7, 2016: Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life hits the big screen. See you at the movies!
– Summer 2015: STRANDED is part of the New York Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. Check it out! Get reading
– July 27, 2014: MIDDLE SCHOOL hits week #13 on the New York Times children’s series bestseller list. Thanks to all you readers out there! (You know who you are :-))
– December 10, 2013: Thank you, Barnes and Noble for naming Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill one of the best kids’ books of 2013!
– February, 2013: Stranded debuts at #9 on the New York Times’ children’s middle grade bestseller list.
– June 10, 2012: Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! jumps from #2 to #1 on the NYTimes bestseller list for Children’s Chapter Books!
– November 21, 2011: Listen to my interview on Vermont Public Radio’s “Vermont Edition.”
– July 10, 2011: Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life debuts at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for Children’s Chapter Books!
– Also, check out the MIDDLE SCHOOL website
Stuff (Links, Good Reads…etc.)
Links for Writers and Readers
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
The Authors Guild
Children’s Book Council
The Purple Crayon
Read, Kiddo, Read
Flying Pig Bookstore
Brown Dog Books
Good Reads – Some recent (and not so recent) favorite books for young readers:
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
Holes, by Louis Sachar
Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse
James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Masterpiece, by Elise Broach
Cosmic, by Cottrell Boyce
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate Dicamillo
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
The Game of Sunken Places, by M.T. Anderson
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Edwards
The Big Joke Game, by Scott Corbett
Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
The Willoughbys, by Lois Lowry
Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey
Ramona the Pest, by Beverly Cleary
Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
Books for teens and older readers:
Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell
Feed, by M.T. Anderson
Godless, by Pete Hautman
My Antonia, by Willa Cather
I Am The Messenger, by Markus Zusak
Rotten, by Michael Northrup
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, by Mark Haddon
Luna, by Laurie Peters
How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff
Dairy Queen, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Dunk, by David Lubar
Shattering Glass, by Gail Giles
Double Helix, by Nancy Werlin
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier