When I’m not writing YA and MG books, I’m a volunteer with HiTOPS, an adolescent health education and advocacy center in Princeton, NJ. Right now I’m on the planning committee for the 12th Annual NJ GSA Forum, a conference for LGBTQIA* youth, advisors and allies co-sponsored by HiTOPS and GLSEN Central Jersey to be held on November 14th at Ocean Township High School. The conference offers workshops and panels on everything from coming out to your parents, to being leaders in the community, to being queer students of color. It’s an empowering event that attracts more than 400 attendees from all over the state. Many say they look forward to the conference all year. It’s not too late to register! And no youth will be turned away due to inability to pay. Continue reading NJ GSA* Forum LGBTQIA* Starter Library
Honored to attend the first ever North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving, Texas on March 7, 2015. One day, 40+ authors AND I’M ONE OF THEM. So excited for 3 different panels with Claire Legrand, Varian Johnson, Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, Ally Carter, David Levithan and TOO MANY OTHERS TO NAME DROP RIGHT NOW. Check out the whole day here and plan accordingly.
“This latest installment in the perils of Pineville Junior High can be described in just the same way as describing its title character: hilarious, sweet, and smart. This is a fun but not fluffy book; instead it provides some insightful truths about the heartbreaks of growing up, while maintaining a wicked sense of humor.” VOYA (starred review)
“This latest installment in the perils of Pineville Junior High can be described in just the same way as describing its title character: hilarious, sweet, and smart. This is a fun but not fluffy book; instead it provides some insightful truths about the heartbreaks of growing up, while maintaining a wicked sense of humor.” –VOYA (starred review)
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Is it impossible for old elementary-school friends and new junior-high friends to all get along as just, you know, friends? Good or bad, that’s what I’m about to find out.
Jessica Darling is finally getting the hang of seventh grade! Hosting an epic slumber party might even help to make Jessica popular…but is that what she really wants? New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty’s It List series introduces readers to Jessica Darling, an unabashedly brainy seventh grader who tries to stay true to herself, even if it means being (totally not) cool.
“McCafferty knows her way around this age group; her depictions are pitch-perfect and will loudly resonate with girls facing their own friends and foes.”–Kirkus
“Jessica Darling is starting seventh grade, trying her best to navigate changing friendships and the mysteries of boys–with cringe-worthy embarrassments at every turn. A good series for tweens who have made their way through Dork Diaries but are not quite ready for Gossip Girl.” –School Library Journal
“Razor-sharp writing, witty dialogue, and the genuineness of Jessica’s struggles make this a sure bet for tween readers.”–Booklist
MORE EVENTS TO COME. ESPECIALLY IF YOU ASK ME. I love meeting readers, talking about writing and breaking into song. If you’d like me to do any of these things for your store, school, festival or other miscellaneously awesome organization email firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s make it happen! I have different presentations appropriate for all ages, from elementary school through university.