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!

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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

GOING WILD Tour & book trailer!

Going Wild, the first book in my new series, is on-sale in stores and online this week! Check out the trailer here to learn more about Charlie Wilde and her strange new animal superpowers. And please come see me on book tour if I’m in your area. I’d love to take a photo with you and sign your books (feel free to bring any that you already own, and pick up the new one at the bookstore where I’ll be).

We’ll have free Going Wild trading cards to give away while supplies last. See below for event locations and details. I hope you enjoy!

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Sept 27, 2016
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 4pm
1520 Pacific Ave; Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Sept 29, 2016
Barnes & Noble Clackamas Town Center, 6pm
12000 SE 82nd Ave; Portland, OR 97086
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Oct 2, 2016
St. Charles City-County Library, 2pm
Middendorf-Kredell Branch; 2750 Hwy. K,O’Fallon MO 63368
(Main Street Books providing books for purchase)

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Oct 4, 2016
Barnes & Noble Stonebriar, TX 6pm
2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204; Frisco, TX 75034
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Oct 22, 2016
TWEENS READ Book Festival, 10am – 5pm
South Houston High School; South Houston, TX

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

YOU can get a FREE Unwanteds: Island of Shipwrecks Prize Pack

“How?” you ask. “How, Lisa McMann? And what’s in the prize pack?”

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!

“BUT WAIT!” you cry. “LAST YEAR WE GOT A KITTEN!”

I know. I know. It’s okay. Because remember Aaron’s friend Panther from the jungle in book 4? Well, wait’ll you see what I found JUST FOR YOU.

It's PANTHER!

It’s a tiny PANTHER!

To get the prize pack, order THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS from Changing Hands Bookstore by February 2nd or come to the launch party at the store on February 3rd at 6pm and you will automatically get a prize pack. And either way I’ll autograph your book, too!

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!