UNWANTEDS QUESTS: Dragon Captives Tour starts Feb 4, 2017!

I’ll have more info soon about the preorder prize pack and how you can get one. You can preorder the book from any bookstore now!

UNWANTEDS QUESTS: DRAGON CAPTIVES TOURUnwanteds Quests - final

TEMPE, AZ
February 4, 3 pm
CHANGING HANDS
6428 S. McClintock

SALT LAKE CITY, UT
February 6, 6 pm
KING’S ENGLISH BOOKSHOP
1511 S. 1500 E

HOUSTON, TX
February 7, 5 pm
BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP
14532 Memorial Dr

CHICAGO, IL
February 8, 7 pm
ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP
123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville

SOUTHERN PINES, NC
February 9, 4 pm
COUNTRY BOOKSHOP
140 NW Broad Street

RALEIGH, NC
February 10, 7 pm
QUAIL RIDGE BOOKSTORE
3522 Wade Ave

CHAPEL HILL, NC
February 11, 2 pm
FLYLEAF BOOKS
752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

BOISE, ID
February 14, 6 pm
BARNES & NOBLE
1315 North Milwaukee

SEATTLE, WA
February 15, 7 pm
THIRD PLACE BOOKS
17171 Bothell Way NE

MESA, AZ
February 16, 6 pm
BARNES & NOBLE
1758 South Val Vista Drive

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!

NASHVILLE, TN

Monday, September 14

6:30 PM

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

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MEMPHIS, TN

Tuesday, September 15

6:30 PM

BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD

387 Perkins Road Extended

Memphis, TN 38117

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ATLANTA, GA

Wednesday, September 16

7:00 PM

LITTLE SHOP OF STORIES

133A East Court Square

Decatur, GA 30030

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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!

MIAMI, FL

Thursday, September 17

6:00 PM

BOOKS & BOOKS

265 Aragon Ave

Coral Gables, FL 33134

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JACKSON, MS

Friday, September 18

5:00 PM

LEMURIA BOOKS

4465 I-55 N

Jackson, MS 39206

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OKEMOS, MI

Monday, September 21

6:30 PM

SCHULER BOOKS & MUSIC

1982 Grand River Ave

Okemos, MI 48864

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI

Tuesday, September 22

7:00 PM

BRILLIANT BOOKS

118 E Front Street

Traverse City, MI 49684

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DAYTON, OH

Wednesday, September 23

7:00 PM

BOOKS & CO.

4453 Walnut St.

The Greene

Beavercreek, OH 45440

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ST. PAUL, MN

Thursday, September 24

6:30 PM

RED BALLOON BOOKSHOP

891 Grand Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55105

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CINCINNATI, OH

Friday, September 25

7:00 PM

JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS

2692 Madison Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45208

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TORONTO, ON, CANADA

Monday, September 28

7:00 PM

Indigo Yonge & Eglinton

2300 Yonge Street

Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4

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TUCSON, AZ

Wednesday, September 30

4:00 PM

BARNES & NOBLE

5130 E. Broadway

Tucson, AZ 85711

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PHOENIX, AZ

Saturday, October 3

2:00 PM

CHANGING HANDS

6428 So. McClintock

Tempe, AZ 85283

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!

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.

nospoilers

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
HICKLEBEES — 3:00pm
1378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 292-8880

February 5, 2015
THE READING BUG — 5:30pm
785 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
650-591-0100

February 6, 2015
KEPLER’S BOOKS — 7:00pm
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
916-565-0644

February 11, 2015
WARWICKS — 4:00pm
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-454-0347

February 12, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Huntington Beach — 6:30pm
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-897-8781

February 13, 2015
ONCE UPON A TIME — 7:00pm
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020
818-248-9668

February 20, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Desert Ridge — 7:00pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050
480-538-8520

March 5, 2015
BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP — 5:00pm
14532 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77079
281-497-8675

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
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
University of Arizona campus
Tucson, AZ

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

11:30-12:30
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.

1:00-1:30
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

2:30-3:30
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.

Surprise! The Unwanteds Series is back on the New York Times Bestseller list!

What a fun phone call that was on Wednesday afternoon. I was on a writing retreat, hard at work putting the finishing touches on the first draft of The Unwanteds book 6, when my editor Liesa Abrams called me. Now, she and I don’t talk on the phone much. I prefer to communicate by email so I can refer back to things we’ve discussed. So to get a call was surprising.

The NYT bestseller list comes out weekly on Wednesday afternoons around 5pm EST (it’s in theUnwanteds 1-4 covers actual newspaper and online the following Sunday). When I have a brand new book out, I am generally at least slightly aware of Wednesday at 5pm, because a variety of my books have spent some time on the list. So once I’ve spent that first full week touring and working super hard, and the following Wed comes around, I think about it.

But I’ve learned not to think too hard about it. It’s a bit of a mysterious list, and an author’s book sales for the week only matter in comparison to what other books in the same category are selling. So the Unwanteds series could have its best sales week ever, but generally if ten other series’ have sold more in that same week, the Unwanteds won’t make the list. It’s all good.

A book usually sells the most copies in the first few weeks. All pre-orders are counted in that first week’s sales, so that week gives authors the best shot at hitting sales lists. But then the weekly numbers settle down and I don’t expect to think about lists again until the next book in the series comes out. So there are a couple of weeks each year when I’m conscious of Wednesday at 5pm. But the rest of the year I hardly know what month it is, let alone what day of the week. When Liesa called me, it took me a while to process what she was saying. The Unwanteds series was back on the NYT bestsellers series list! I don’t think I’ve ever been more shocked…except maybe the first time I hit the list with WAKE in 2008.

And you know what? The Unwanteds is on that list this week because of you. You’re reading the books. You’re telling your friends. Your friends are reading and telling their friends. Word is spreading, and it’s all thanks to you. THANK YOU!