This Song Will Save Your Life paperback release is coming!

This Song Will Save Your Life comes out in paperback on April 14. That is really soon! Here are some things that paperback edition includes that the original hardcover does not: 1) An awesome new cover! 2) A revealing interview between me and my editor! 3) Brand-new Elise-curated playlists for everything from “Best songs for […]

Upcoming events and appearances for 2015

I already have a number of book events lined up for this year. I’ll announce even more events down the line, but for now I wanted to tell you everything I know. I would love to see you at any of these bookstores, libraries, and festivals! Wednesday, March 18, 7pm The Astoria Bookshop in Queens, […]

Happy Thanksgiving from me (and from the Mostly Good Girls)

In celebration of Thanksgiving week, I’m posting here the complete Thanksgiving chapter from Mostly Good Girls. I hope your Thanksgiving celebrations are much more enjoyable than Violet’s are here. If not, then may this post keep you entertained while you read it under the dining room table, or while you sit in holiday traffic. Enjoy! […]

Remembering Zilpha Keatley Snyder

When I was in middle school, I had a lot of trouble fitting in with my classmates. In hindsight I realize that many middle schoolers feel this way, but at the time I felt like I was the only one. It seemed like everyone else had meaningful friend groups and wore the right clothes and […]

announcing the paperback edition of THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE

Macmillan will be publishing the U.S. paperback edition of This Song Will Save Your Life on April 28, 2015, and this is what it’s going to look like! The paperback edition will include an exclusive Q&A between me and my editor, and (most likely) a teaser excerpt from my next novel, Tonight the Streets Are […]

I’m writing new books!

I’m writing three new books, to be be precise. And as of today, I can tell you about them! The first is tentatively entitled Tonight the Streets Are Ours, and it’s scheduled to be published by FSG in Fall 2015. It’s about a teen girl who becomes obsessed with a blogger in New York City, […]

the thing about my brain that makes book events challenging

This week was the NYC Teen Author Festival, which is always a blast. It’s so much fun to get to see lots of my author and reader friends in one place, and it’s so inspiring to hear other writers discuss their craft and their new books. This year I attended Tuesday’s panel at the Jersey […]

March and April events in NYC

I have a few events coming up in New York over the next few weeks, and you are all invited! Details: March 18, 6-8pm, Mulberry Street NYPL, 10 Jersey Street I will be doing a panel as part of the NYC Teen Author Festival. I’ll be reading and chatting about rock ‘n’ roll and revelry […]

Happy 50th birthday, Harriet the Spy!

Today Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy, one of my all-time favorite books, turned 50 years old. In celebration, I wrote an article about the book and its creator for Al Jazeera America. An excerpt from the article: I always scoff at children’s books that try too hard to shove morals down readers’ throats. Children are […]

Leila Sales’ holiday gift guide

As I think we all know by now, books make great gifts. Here’s proof: You may be wondering which books to put under your Christmas tree (or Hanukkah menorah, though frankly you’re about three weeks late to that). That’s why I’ve come up with this list of recommendations for you. In the interest of full […]