YA Resists

Last night twelve YA authors gathered at Skylight Books to do a reading from books for young people that highlight resistance, protest and activism.

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It was a very moving and powerful evening and I was thrilled to put the event together with author Diana Wagman.  It was cosponsored by PEN USA.

We compiled a list of books that we read from as well as other books with activism as a resource for those who are looking for good books for young people that have these themes.  YA Resists Reading List



Yappiest Day round up!

This past weekend I participated in the Yappiest Day on Earth!  the brain child of Cat Patrick.  It was 16 YA authors, bloggers and librarians and you!  Imagine us all running around Disneyland with matching blue shirts like we were on a school trip.  Every ride to conquer!  Thrilling screams to be had!


Here we are before our adventure began!


I wanted to go onto the Winnie the Pooh ride.  BUT WE GOT STUCK IN THE HONEYCOMB!


Or as Kevin Emerson, Sean Beaudoin, Rachel Cohn and I now will say for all things that suddenly go wrong: “Tigger spilt some honey on the tracks.”

Kevin Emerson and I in the Pooh “trap.”


I also went on Splash Mountain which was wet.  I was terrified at the drop.


Me and Gabrielle Zevin pre-drop.  We talked a lot about the Bears. And Zippity Doo Dah.


I spent a lot of the day hanging with Sean Beaudoin.  He even won me a stuffed mouse at the midway in California Adventure.  He also won a Dumbo that he gave to a tiny child who waddled off with the biggest grin on her face.   He also snuck in some Cruella de Ville time.


Anyway, it was a fun day and much thanks to Harper Collins for sponsoring the book signing afterwards and to Mysterious Galaxy for selling books.

Thanks to all of those who came out!  You should totally come next year.

Events upcoming next week! Dystopia Panel! Teen Author Read Night! Yappiest Day! Wondercon! Literary Orange!

Here are my upcoming events next week!

I will have Odd Duck buttons to give away. 😀

Monday, March 25th

Dystopian YA Panel at Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont – Los Angeles
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Thursday, March 28th
Teen Author Reading Series
LAPL Central Libraray
630 w 5th Street
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March 30th
Yappiest Day on Earth!Come join me and 15 other YA authors at Disneyland
To participate, meet the authors inside the gates of Disneyland at 8:00 AM on March 30th. Or, join us at the book signing at 5:30 PM at the Anabella Hotel, 1030 W. Katella Ave.
facebook invite here.
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March 31st
Wondercon in Anaheim
Signing at Mysterious Galaxy Booth 11:30 – 12 #1201
Writing the Fantastic 2:30 – 3:30
Heroes vs. Villians 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 210BCD

April 6th
Literary Orange
1 PM Young Adult: The Awesome Age
Josephine Angelini, Cecil Castellucci, Jessi Kirby, Sarah Maas
Moderator: Allison Tran & Michelle Ann Dunphy

a ya reading party and popcorn

I’ve just spent the day putting together the clips for the YA Reading and Popcorn event over at The Last Bookstore this Friday night and I must say, I’m super excited!

Come join us!

Friday, January 20th at The Last Bookstore

453 S. Spring Street (but the main entrance is around the corner on 5th), Los Angeles, CA 90013

Join YA Authors Cecil Castellucci (First Day on Earth), Carol Tanzman (Dancergirl), Janet Tashijian (My Life as A Stuntboy) and Crickett Rumley (Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell) as they read from their new novels and screen clips from films that will tickle your reading bone.

Basically, we’ll be reading and showing clips from a movie that sort of goes along with our books. And there will be popcorn. I’m kind of into the whole cross media thing. Because I love stories.

Two New York CIty Readings this Week!

NY! Hello and I am in you!

I’ll be doing two readings this week. Please come on down and say hello! I’ll be reading from my new novel FIRST DAY ON EARTH!

12/7 – 6 PM
at Jefferson Market Branch NYPL
425 Avenue of the Americas

Cecil Castellucci, First Day on Earth
Margie Gelbwasser, Inconvenient
Andy Marino, Unison Spark
Julia Mayer, Eyes in the Mirror
Marie Rutkoski, The Jewel of the Kalderash
Delia Sherman, The Freedom Maze

12/8 at 6 PM
18 West 18th Street

Great Teen Reads
DANIEL NAYERI Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow
ANNA GODBERSEN Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things Series #2)