Do you want to hear something terrifying? Apparently there are people out there who don’t love to read. [SFX: ear-piercing scream] Scary, I know. If you don’t love reading as much as I do (insert ear-piercing scream again), allow me to present some possible alternatives … Continue readingBest Halloween Books for People Who Don’t Love Books
A fan of Hello, Universe created this art a few weeks ago, and its hashtag tugged at me. Do you see it? At the bottom of Virgil’s backpack? #YouWillBeFound I rolled it over and over in my mind: You will be found. It says everything. For … Continue readingMy Dear Misfits: You Will Be Found
Of the 92 books I’ve read in 2017, these four — all released this year — are my favorites so far. They’re all very different, but have one thing in common: Awesomeness. The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes I loved The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly … Continue readingMy Favorite 2017 Releases — So Far
When I was a little girl, I would put a pillow on my lap, balance a notebook on top, and write stories. There was something magical about pencil-on-paper. When I speak to young people, I tell them how powerful it is to create something that … Continue readingWhy I Write Longhand
This has been an incredible year. The release of HELLO, UNIVERSE in March came with a flurry of activity, traveling, starred reviews (!), book talks, speeches, conferences, and general fantastic-ness that can’t be described in words. And just to keep you on your toes, I have … Continue readingNEW BOOK, NEW COVER REVEAL!
I still remember the smell of my elementary school library — the scent of well-loved books and paperback leaves. I still see how the shelves are arranged — the tables in the center of the room, and the door that led to the playground. And I … Continue readingWhy Libraries are Gold #NationalLibraryWeek
In my debut novel Blackbird Fly, the main character Apple Yengko is voted the third-ugliest girl in school. There’s a rumor that she eats dog for dinner. The boys bark at her when she walks down the hall. In Hello, Universe, Virgil Salinas — a boy in … Continue readingI Will Not Tell a Lie
Adults are kinda lame. (Sorry, grown-ups.) When I arrived and left, I was greeted with excited cheers and I suspect at least 50 percent of them had no idea who I was. They were just thrilled to miss class and loved me for it. But it’s a win-win situation. … Continue reading3 Things I Learned on Tour
On World Read Aloud Day, readers of all ages celebrate literacy and the pure joy and power of reading aloud. In honor of #WRAD, here is a snippet of me reading chapter two of HELLO, UNIVERSE. Please take time to read aloud today, especially to … Continue readingLet Me Read to You for #WRAD!