Unwanteds spinoff series 1st cover reveal!

Coming spring 2017, book one in the new Unwanteds Quests series!

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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!

Join me Saturday afternoon at Author-palooza in Columbia, Maryland!

Five authors: Tommy Greenwald, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Trevor Pryce, Cristin Terrill, and me will be hanging out and entertaining you and all of your friends. Get your books signed (they’ll be available for purchase there, and you can bring yours from home). Don’t forget your phone or camera for a photo or five!

Oakland Mills High School Auditorium
October 18, 2014 2-4pm

  • Free Admission
  • Author Panel: 2:00pm- 3:00pm
  • Reader’s Theater: 2:00-3:00pm
  • Book Sales 3:00-4:00pm
  • Book Signings 3:00-4:00pm
  • Meet Young Authors 3:00-4:00pm
  • Refreshments will be sold
  • Live Music!

See you there! http://www.author-palooza.com/

Tour stops in Holland & Grandville Michigan, and Columbia, MD

September 26, 2014
Barnes & Noble Rivertown Crossing, 4:00pm
3700 Rivertown Parkway Ste. 2058
Grandville, MI 49418
616-531-1825

September 27, 2014
Barnes & Noble, Felch St. Plaza, 11:00am
3050 Beeline Road Suite 50
Holland, MI 49424
616-994-6015

October 18, 2014
Author-Palooza Tween Book Festival, 2-4pm
Oakland Mills High School
9410 Kilimanjaro Rd
Columbia, MD 21045U1234

Looking for a signed copy of ISLAND OF LEGENDS?

Thanks to all who came out to see me on tour! It was wonderful to spend time with you. And for those of you whose cities I didn’t visit, I have good news–you can still get autographed books!

You can find signed copies of most of The Unwanteds books (and some of my teen titles, too) at most of the bookstores where I did events on my tour (see my previous blog post for a list of stores). You can also find signed, limited edition copies of Island of Legends online at this link.