TOUR: Island of Dragons Launch and Tour

Can you believe the seventh and final book in The Unwanteds Series is almost here? If you want the very special prize pack that goes with it, pre-order at one of these fine bookstores now. While supplies last.


I’ll be heading out on tour as usual, with a lot of great new stores that I haven’t been to before. I’m so excited! I hope you can make it. I’ll have some goodies with me, and I’d love to autograph your books, so be sure to stop in if you’re nearby.

Hope to see you soon!

April 11, 2016
Changing Hands Bookstore, 7:00pm
6428 So. McClintock
Tempe, AZ 85283

April 12, 2016
Boulder Bookstore 6:30pm
1107 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302

April 13, 2016
King’s English Bookshop, 7:00pm
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

April 14, 2016
Anderson’s Bookshop, 7:00pm
123 W. Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

April 15, 2016
Barnes & Noble, 7:00pm
721 Gravois Rd
Fenton, MO 63026

April 18, 2016
Doylestown Bookshop, 6:30pm
16 S Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

with Kevin Sands!

April 19, 2016
Barnes & Noble, 7:00pm
Market Fair
3535 US Highway 1
Princeton, NJ 08540

with Kevin Sands!

April 20, 2016
RJ Julia Booksellers, 5:30pm
768 Boston Post Rd.
Madison, CT 06443

with Kevin Sands!
More Information

April 21, 2016
Hooray for Books, 5:00pm
1555 King St.  Alexandria,
Virginia 22314

with Kevin Sands!

April 22, 2016
Newtown Bookshop, 5:00pm
2835 S. Eagle Road
Newtown, PA 18940

with Kevin Sands!

April 24, 2016
Toronto area:
Chapters Markham, 2:00pm
3175 Highway 7 East,
Markham, Ontario L3R 0J5
with authors Kevin Sands and Kevin Sylvester!
More Information

April 26, 2016
1st Vancouver event:
North Vancouver District Library, 4:00pm
3045 Highland Blvd
North Vancouver, BC
Hosted by Kidsbooks

April 26, 2016
2nd Vancouver event:
West Point Grey United Church Sanctuary 7:00pm
4595 West 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC
Hosted by Kidsbooks

April 29, 2016
Barnes & Noble, 7:00pm
2191 N Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89108

May 6, 2016
Barnes & Noble, 7:00pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050

The Unwanteds: Island of Graves is on-sale now!

Book 6 of 7 is now available! And we’ve had some news lately… did you hear? Find out what’s happening here. And be sure to check the back pages of Island of Graves for a surprise.

I hope you enjoy the book! Thank you so much for reading it.

See the previous entry for my tour cities — I’m on the road now!

All the best,


On sale Sept 15, 2015!

On sale Sept 15, 2015!

Unwanteds: Island of Graves tour September 14 – October 3!

Hold onto your hats — this is a long tour!  I’m making stops in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Toronto Ontario, and Arizona. All the details below. Come see me! I might have a tiny gorilla for you.

Appearances Sept 14-18 will be with fellow authors Margaret Peterson Haddix, Kevin Sylvester, and Kevin Sands. It’s going to be a blast!

On sale Sept 15, 2015!

On sale Sept 15, 2015!


Monday, September 14

6:30 PM

PARNASSUS BOOKS Off-site event at the University School of Nashville



Tuesday, September 15

6:30 PM


387 Perkins Road Extended

Memphis, TN 38117



Wednesday, September 16

7:00 PM


133A East Court Square

Decatur, GA 30030


Pre-order from a participating store to get your prize pack!

Pre-order Island of Graves from a participating store now to get your prize pack!


Thursday, September 17

6:00 PM


265 Aragon Ave

Coral Gables, FL 33134



Friday, September 18

5:00 PM


4465 I-55 N

Jackson, MS 39206



Monday, September 21

6:30 PM


1982 Grand River Ave

Okemos, MI 48864



Tuesday, September 22

7:00 PM


118 E Front Street

Traverse City, MI 49684



Wednesday, September 23

7:00 PM


4453 Walnut St.

The Greene

Beavercreek, OH 45440



Thursday, September 24

6:30 PM


891 Grand Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55105



Friday, September 25

7:00 PM


2692 Madison Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45208



Monday, September 28

7:00 PM

Indigo Yonge & Eglinton

2300 Yonge Street

Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4



Wednesday, September 30

4:00 PM


5130 E. Broadway

Tucson, AZ 85711



Saturday, October 3

2:00 PM


6428 So. McClintock

Tempe, AZ 85283

Pre-order ISLAND OF GRAVES & get your free prize pack!

It’s tradition! We’ve put together our sixth awesome Unwanteds goody bag for you to help you celebrate book six in The Unwanteds series, coming September 15. There’s a new limited edition postcard with artwork that will be revealed soon (and it’s autographed by me), a tiny gorilla (to go with your Kitten and Panther), Island of Graves sticker, a bookmark, and a special surprise.


Tiny gorillas!

All you have to do is pre-order Island of Graves from a participating store and you’ll get the bag of goodies (while supplies last). All the participating stores are listed here with links to pre-order the book online (or just call the store).

If none of these stores are near you, you can still order from them–they’ll ship it to you. If you’d like your copy of Island of Graves to be autographed, just order from my local bookstore, Changing Hands by September 10— I’ll be autographing those pre-orders before I leave for tour.


Click here for a list of participating stores!

Place your order now to get your prize pack before they run out!

And stay tuned for tour information–I just might be coming to a city near you in September.

Island of Legends paperback


The Unwanteds: ISLAND OF LEGENDS comes out in paperback this week (July 7, 2015)! That’s book 4 in the Unwanteds series. Book 5 (Island of Shipwrecks) is available in hardcover, and book 6 (Island of Graves) will be out September 15, 2015. The 7th and final book in the series will be coming your way next spring.

Paperback on sale July 7, 2015

Paperback on sale July 7, 2015

I’ll be on tour this September, hitting the east coast. More details when I have ’em! Stay cool out there and keep reading. Hope you’re having an excellent summer!

12 days in Missouri

Final Unwanteds CoverThe Unwanteds won the Mark Twain Readers Award in the state of Missouri for 2013-2014, yay! I’ll be attending the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) conference Apr. 18-21, and I ended up booking several schools, a library, and a festival all around these dates. Most of my events are private (in schools), but I have a couple of appearances open to the public:

April 17, 2015
Children’s Literature Festival — all day!
Pickler Memorial Library
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO

April 22, 2015
Missouri River Regional Library, 7:00pm
214 Adams St
Jefferson City, MO 65101

In addition, I hope to make some impromptu stops at bookstores in the Kansas City, MO, area tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday to sign whatever books they might have in stock, in case you’re looking for autographed copies of anything.

Excited to spend lots of time with students all over the state! Hope to see you.

Get Over It

hippodilly circus

Hippodilly Circus Contributor AS King is one of my favorite authors.  When I recommend her books to people, which I do often, I say that she is so honest with her characters’ voices that I often read a paragraph and feel like I’ve been punched in the gut. She captures the feelings of adolescence so honestly and without sentimentality that I am yanked right back to my teenage life and emotions. Her books heal my teenage self and let me know that someone else out there understands how I felt and still feel.  She is also passionate about changing the way we treat teens and wrote this post for Hippodillly Circus for which I am very grateful. 

I get great fan mail. A lot of the time, I get letters from adults. Those who are used to reading YA literature don’t usually give me reasoning for reading it or connecting…

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The Unwanteds: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS is in stores this week!

Island of Shipwrecks

The official release day is Tuesday, Feb. 3, but the book is trickling into bookstores already. I just signed a couple copies in the Pittsburgh airport, in fact.

Visit the official Unwanteds website for cool downloadables, games, a book trailer, a map, and an educator’s guide.

And here’s some fun news–B&N choose Island of Shipwrecks as one of February’s Top Picks for Young Readers, yay!

I’ll be signing a lot of books in the coming weeks. My book tour starts on Tuesday, and I’ll be presenting at schools and bookstores all over Arizona, California, and Texas. Check my APPEARANCES page on my website for the most up to date information, or scroll down.

If you want one of the exclusive, collectible prize packs along with an autographed copy of the book, order by Monday, Feb 2nd (that’s tomorrow!) or come to my launch party on Tuesday, Feb 3, at 6pm. They ship worldwide. Here’s what’s in the prize pack:


It’s PANTHER! (she’s tiny)

A collectible postcard? Bookmark, sticker, and even a Find The Differences poster? WOW!

A collectible postcard? Bookmark, sticker, and even a Find The Differences poster? WOW!

I know it’s hard to keep a secret, especially when something major happens in a book. But try to keep in mind when you’re posting on the Internet (to me or to others) that friends, acquaintances, or strangers might not have read the book yet.


Thank you!

Here’s my schedule in case you’d rather scroll than click:

February 3, 2015
THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS Launch party and signing 6:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore Tempe, AZ

February 4, 2015
1378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 292-8880

February 5, 2015
785 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070

February 6, 2015
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 324-4321

February 9, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Arden Fair — 5:00pm
1725 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815

February 11, 2015
WARWICKS — 4:00pm
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

February 12, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Huntington Beach — 6:30pm
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

February 13, 2015
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020

February 20, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Desert Ridge — 7:00pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050

March 5, 2015
14532 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77079

March 7, 2015
North Texas Teen Book Festival — 9:00am – 5:00pm
Irving Convention Center
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039

March 15, 2015
University of Arizona campus
Tucson, AZ

10:30-11:00am Signing in the Mostly Books booth

What’s Trending in YA Literature
Location: Education Room 333
Panelists: Jenny Han, E. Lockhart, Lisa McMann
Signing area: Signing Area – Children / Teen (following presentation)
Young adult literature is a constantly changing and exciting area of publishing. YA authors will talk about what’s currently trending and their predictions for the next big trends.

A Conversation with Lisa McMann
Location: Teen and Author Meeting Place
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Central Mall (following presentation)
Interact with authors as they read aloud from their new books and answer questions

Creating Portals to Enter Fantasy Worlds
Location: Education Kiva
Panelists: Alice Hoffman, Maureen Johnson, Lisa McMann, Jennifer A. Nielsen
Signing area: Signing Area – Children / Teen (following presentation)
Authors can create all kinds of fantasy worlds and invite readers to suspend reality and enter their fantasy worlds in different ways.