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Author Appearance Roster

Welcome to our archive of previously featured authors from our website. Click on each author's name to find out a little more about what he or she does when making appearances. Feel free to also peruse our website from the homepage to discover any of our authors who would be best for your event. If you have any questions or are interested in having any of these authors make a visit to your school or library, please email our Author Appearance Coordinator at penguinauthorvisits@gmail.com. Don't see the author selection you're looking for? Feel free to also email penguinauthorvisits@gmail.com for information on any Penguin author you have in mind or for guidance on choosing and inviting an author to your event.

Young Readers

Jim Arnosky
Jim Arnosky, author of The Brook Book (Putnam, 2007) and Dolphins on the Sand (Putnam, 2008) is an accomplished presenter and has been making appearances at schools for many years.

Ginjer Clarke
Ginjer Clarke writes fun, fact-filled nonfiction beginning readers about weird, wonderful animals. She loves that her job entails visiting zoos and aquariums, reading lots of books, and even watching TV for research. Ginjer is an experienced and lively school, library, and conference presenter, who has appeared at more than 200 elementary schools, regional reading and writing conferences, statewide book festivals, many bookstores and libraries, and even a zoo. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, young son, and several silly-looking pets.

Anna Dewdney
Anna Dewdney is the creator of the beloved Llama Llama Red Pajama and the New York Times Bestseller and Book Sense Honor Book Llama Llama Mad at Mama. In her newest book, Llama Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama goes to school for the first time.

Barbara Joosse
Barbara Joosse is the author of thirty-five books for children including ROAWR!, Please is a Good Word to Say, and Love is a Good Thing to Feel.

Nancy Krulik
Nancy Krulik is author of the Katie Kazoo series, the most recent book being Vote for Suzanne. She has written over 100 books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers. Although Nancy has written some books for teens, she is most well-known for the Katie Kazoo series.

Loren Long
Loren Long is illustrator of the best-selling favorites Toy Boat, Otis, and the re-issued version of The Little Engine That Could.

Lori Nichols
Lori Nichols' enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open.

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco doesn't create a book unless she loves the story. Her own passion for a story drives the narrative of her books, and this is clear in her dramatic and touching art. She is known throughout the country for her school visits which inspire children to think of themselves as heroes and to be courageous in life.

Divya Srinivasan
Divya Srinivasan is also the author of Little Owl's Night. She lives in Austin, Texas. She likes being alone sometimes, but she also loves spending time with her family and friends. You can see more of Divya's illustration and animation at pupae.com.

A.J. Stern
A.J. Stern is the author of the Frankly, Frannie series. She lives in an upside-down house in Brooklyn, New York. She has fifteen children under the age of eleven who all have very good jobs. She rides to work on a horse and only eats food that is orange. Okay, none of this is true (except the Brooklyn part), but it would be a little funny if it were. Right?

Hudson Talbott
Hudson Talbott's book, River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River pays homage to the river that shares his name with this gorgeously illustrated and fascinating history. Hudson Talbott also wrote and illustrated United Tweets of America, and illustrated Show Way (by Jacqueline Woodson), a Newbery Honor book, and Leonardo's Horse (by Jean Fritz), which was an ALA Notable Book and a VOYA Honor Book.

Ursula Vernon
Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of the Dragonbreath series, as well as Turk and Digger. The daughter of an artist, she attempted to rebel and become a scientist, but in the end couldn't fight her destiny. She lives in Pittsboro, NC, where she writes, draws, and creates oddities.

Middle Grade

T.A. Barron
T.A. Barron, creator of the beloved series The Lost Years of Merlin and The Great Tree of Avalon, began his explorations of fantasy worlds as a student at Oxford University. He cites two main areas of inspiration for his tales: heroism and the environment.

Katherine Catmull
is the author of Summer and Bird. A writer and actor, she lives in Austin, Texas. In the summer of 2011, her life turned upside-down in the best way, and now she writes full-time and sits around feeling lucky. She also sometimes write for the Austin Chronicle, acts on stage in various venues, and does voice work for online games.

Erin Dionne
Erin Dionne writes contemporary books for middle grade readers that are "smart with heart." From humorous novels such as Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies and The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, to her 14 Day Mystery Series (beginning with Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking), Erin's books explore the trials and tribulations of junior high. She lives outside of Boston with her family and teaches at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Kathryn Erskine
As a resident of Virginia, Kathryn Erskine was devastated by the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she was driven to understand how community and family—particularly families with special-needs children—dealt with this violent event, and how our lives might be different if we understood each other better.

Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Laura Marx Fitzgerald drew on her study of art history at Harvard and Cambridge Universities in writing Under the Egg. She lives in Brooklyn and this is her middle grade debut.

Lizzie K. Foley
Lizzie K. Foley has an MA in Education from Harvard and has taught Women's Studies at Northeastern University, but this novel was inspired by her experience as the unremarkable little sister of two exceptionally remarkable big sisters. Lizzie didn't have her oldest sister's photographic memory or the coolness of her middle sister, who was a model, but, in her own words, she "made it through junior high and high school without being noticed by anyone or achieving anything of note—which is kind of an accomplishment in and of itself." Lizzie currently lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband and son and four poorly trained dogs.

Adam Gidwitz
Adam Gidwitz went to college at Columbia and thought about majoring in religion, and then in philosophy, but ultimately chose English literature. After graduating, he stayed in New York and took a job in a second grade classroom at Saint Ann's School, in Brooklyn. He now teaches second grade, fifth grade, and high school, writing half the time and teaching the other half.

Lisa Graff
Lisa Graff is the author of Double Dog Dare, The Thing About Georgie, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. A former children's book editor, she is now a full time writer and an adjunct professor at McDaniel College. She lives with her cat, Henry, in New York City, where she loves to bake cookies and cakes—and even make peanut butter every once in a while.

Alan Gratz
Alan Gratz is the author of the Horatio Wilkes mysteries Something Rotten and Something Wicked as well as the more recent The Brooklyn Nine, which tells the stories of nine generations of baseball lovers within one family.

Ann Hood
Ann Hood is the author of many books including the adult bestsellers The Knitting Circle, Comfort, and The Red Thread. She has also penned the middle-grade title How I Saved My Father's Life (and Ruined Everything Else). She also knits, wanders around museums, has cool glasses, loves the color pink (although she never wears it), and spends a lot of her time wishing she could time travel and meet famous people. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, O, The Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere.

Ingrid Law
Ingrid Law is a huge fan of words and stories, of small towns and big ideas. Ingrid's first book and New York Times bestseller, Savvy, received numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor, and appeared on many lists. Her second book, Scumble, takes place in the same world, but with a whole new cast of characters.

Caroline Lawrence
Caroline Lawrence grew up in Bakersfield, California. She claims that some of her ancestors were pioneers, teamsters, newspapermen and Mormons. She was a schoolteacher in London for ten years before she started writing books for kids. The Western Mysteries series is her second historical series. Set in Virginia City, Nevada in 1862, these aren't your ordinary Dime Novels. These are stories of prospectors, miners, actresses, saloonkeepers, gamblers, hurdy-girls, desperados and--the worst of the lot--newspapermen.

Kristen Levine
Kristin Levine has been everything from an au pair in Vienna, Austria to a screenwriting instructor in Washington, DC. She is currently a mom and writer in Alexandria, VA. Her first novel The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had was published in 2009. The Lions of Little Rock, which is based on true family history and sheds light on the little-known period immediately following the Little Rock Nine’s integration of Central High School in 1957, is her second novel.

C. Alexander London
C. Alexander London is an award-winning author of non-fiction for grown-ups, an accomplished skeet-shooter, a master SCUBA diver, and a fully licensed librarian. He has watched television in 23 countires, survived an erupting volcano, a hurricane, four civil wars, and a mysterious bite on his little toe in the jungles of Thailand. Currently, C. Alexander London lives in Brooklyn, New York.

DJ MacHale
DJ MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. He has penned three series for the middle grade/YA reader. His most recent project is the SYLO Chronicles, which includes SYLO, STORM and STRIKE.

Robin Palmer
Robin Palmer's teen books include Cindy Ella, Geek Charming, and Little Miss Red. Her newest book, however, is the middle grade novel Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker: Girl vs. Superstar

Richard Peck
Richard Peck has written more than thirty novels, and in the process has become one of America's most highly respected writers for young people. A versatile author, he is beloved by middle-graders as well as young adults for his comedies and coming of age novels.

Dean Pitchford
Dean Pitchford was born and raised in Hawaii and studied at Yale. He began his career as an actor off and on Broadway before turning to songwriting, screenwriting and directing. Dean has been nominated for four Academy Awards (winning the Oscar and Golden Globe for "Fame"), six Grammys, and two Tony Awards. His first novel for young readers was The Big One-Oh, followed by Captain Nobody.

Michael Reisman
Michael Reisman was born and raised in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where he spent a lot of time daydreaming in the nearby woods. He can juggle and use chopsticks with either hand, but unlike the characters in his books Simon Bloom the Gravity Keeper and Simon Bloom: The Octopus Effect, he cannot control the universe.

Geoff Rodkey
Geoff Rodkey grew up in Freeport, Illinois and began his writing career on his high school newspaper, the oddly named Pretz News. During college, he wrote for both the Harvard Lampoon and the Let's Go travel guide series. After graduation, he wrote for magazines, a video game, a newspaper, a standup comedian, a syndicated columnist, a government-funded economic think tank, several popular television shows, and hit films Daddy Day Care, RV, and the Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas. He's currently at work on Blue Sea Burning, the final book in the Chronicles of Egg adventure-comedy series that began with Deadweather and Sunrise now in paperback and continues with New Lands, to be released in May 2013.

Polly Shulman
Polly Shulman is also the author of The Grimm Legacy (a Bank Street Best Book and Mythopeic Fantasy Award Finalist) and Enthusiasm. She has written for the New York Times, Discover, Newsday, Salon, Slate, Scientific American Archaeology, and the Village Voice, among others, and editors news stories for Science magazine. She is an alumna of Yale University, where she majored in math. She lives in New York City.

Lauren Tarshis
Lauren Tarshis is the editor of Scholastic's Storyworks magazine. Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree was her first book and received numerous awards and honors, including the Golden Kite Award Honor. Her most recent book, Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love centers the seventh-grade dance, crushes, and even a secret admirer!

Sheila Turnage
Sheila Turnage grew up on a farm in eastern North Carolina. A graduate of East Carolina University, she is the author of two nonfiction books and one picture book, but Three Times Lucky is her first middle grade novel. Today Sheila lives on a farm with her husband, a smart dog, an ill-tempered cat, a dozen chickens, and a flock of guineas.

Jacqueline West
Visit her website at www.jacquelinewest.com and learn more about The Books of Elsewhere at www.booksofelsewhere.com.

Teen

Tara Altebrando
Tara Altebrando has lived in four out of the five boroughs of New York City (Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens). Her newest Young Adult novel, The Dreamland Social Club is set in Brooklyn's Coney Island. Tara has also worked as a music journalist in Dublin, a stand-up comic, and was once paid to watch television. She lives in Queens, New York with her husband and daughters.

Jay Asher
Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why (Razorbill, 2007) loves making school and library appearances. He will also help organize meaningful programs if he can't be there in person.

T.A. Barron
T.A. Barron, creator of the beloved series The Lost Years of Merlin and The Great Tree of Avalon, began his explorations of fantasy worlds as a student at Oxford University. He cites two main areas of inspiration for his tales: heroism and the environment.

Frank Beddor
Frank Beddor is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Looking Glass Wars, the young-adult novel that first introduced young readers to the true story of Alyss, followed by its sequel, Seeing Redd, and the conclusion to the trilogy, ArchEnemy.

Julie Berry
Julie Berry grew up on a farm in western New York as the youngest in a family of seven book-loving kids. She holds a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and four young sons, and two cats. She is the author of six critically acclaimed books for young readers. All the Truth That's in Me is her first novel for teens and adults.

Heather Brewer
Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up, and she's certainly not your typical adult now. Her favorite colors are black and black. She believes it's quite possible that vampires are running our world's governments.

Kathryn Erskine
As a resident of Virginia, Kathryn Erskine was devastated by the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she was driven to understand how community and family—particularly families with special-needs children—dealt with this violent event, and how our lives might be different if we understood each other better.

Gayle Forman
is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, and Elle. She is the author of If I Stay and it's companion, Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Gregory Galloway
Gregory Galloway has an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He lives in New Jersey.

Alan Gratz
Alan Gratz is the author of the Horatio Wilkes mysteries Something Rotten and Something Wicked as well as the more recent The Brooklyn Nine, which tells the stories of nine generations of baseball lovers within one family.

John Green
John Green is author of the 2006 Michael L. Printz Medal winner Looking for Alaska, 2007 Michael L. Printz Honor book An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns.

Paul Griffin
Paul began writing his first novel as he finished college, in 1988. That novel and twenty-two others went unpublished. Meanwhile, he worked on the truck docks and in construction, as a dog trainer and a driver, teacher, tutor, EMT, butler, bartender, waiter, cook and dishwasher (alongside Vin Diesel).

Jennifer Hubbard
Jennifer Hubbard has been writing since the age of six, when she used to write and illustrate her own picture books and had her first short story published at the age of seventeen. She is the author of The Secret Year and Try Not to Breathe. She lives in Philadelphia and blogs at writerjenn.livejournal.com.

Marie Lu
Marie Lu writes dystopian stories. (Ironically, she was born in 1984.) Before Marie started writing full time, she was the art director at a video game company. She also owns the business and brand Fuzz Academy, which was chosen by C21Media as one of the International Licensing Expo 2010's brands with the most potential for a TV series. She graduated from USC in '06 and live in Los Angeles, where she spends much of her time lost on the freeways.

DJ MacHale
DJ MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. He has penned three series for the middle grade/YA reader. His most recent project is the SYLO Chronicles, which includes SYLO, STORM and STRIKE.

Richelle Mead
Richelle Mead is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Vampire Academy series, which has also received honors from the ALA.

Jandy Nelson
For the past twelve years, Jandy Nelson has been a literary agent with Manus & Associates Literary Agency, and has also taught and lectured on creative writing. Her poetry has been published in various literary journals, but The Sky Is Everywhere is her first novel.

Robin Palmer
Robin Palmer's teen books include Cindy Ella, Geek Charming, and Little Miss Red. Her newest book, however, is the middle grade novel Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker: Girl vs. Superstar

Beth Revis
A former English teacher, Beth Revis is the founder of the new popular dystopian blog, the League of Extraordinary Writers and also blogs about writing, grammar and publishing at Writing it Out. She lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog, and believes space is nowhere near the final frontier. Across the Universe is her first novel.

Ruta Sepetys
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ruta Sepetys grew up hearing stories of her father's childhood as a Lithuanian refugee. Realizing this was a story never told in a novel for young adults, Ruta decided to tell it herself. When not writing, Ruta works in the music industry. Between Shades of Gray is her first novel. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sherri Smith
has written several award-winning novels for young adults. Flygirl, her first novel with Putnam, won the California Book Award, was a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, and has received over fifteen state award nominations. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Nova Ren Suma
Nova Ren Suma has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College, and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Corporation of Yaddo, and, twice, from the MacDowell Colony. She has published short stories for adults in literary journals and is the author of the tween novel Dani Noir (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, 2009).

Padma Venkatraman
Padma Venkatraman is an oceanographer by training and lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Along with Island’s End, she is the author of Climbing the Stairs (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008; Speak, 2010) and twenty books for young readers, published in India, on a variety of subjects.

Paul Volponi
Paul Volponi is a writer, journalist and teacher living in New York City. For six years he taught incarcerated teens on Rikers Island to read and write, and for six years he taught teens in drug day-treatment centers. These experiences have influenced many of his novels. He is the author of Black and White (winner of the IRA Children's Book Award for YA Fiction), Rooftop, Rucker Park Setup and, most recently, Hurricane Song.

Rosalind Wiseman
Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized author and educator on children, teens, parenting, education and social justice. Her work aims to help parents, educators, and young people successfully navigate the social challenges of young adulthood. Rosalind's best-selling Queen Bees and Wannabes was turned into the movie Mean Girls, which she co-wrote with Tina Fey.