Yearly Archives: 2013

looking ahead

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Just a few quick notes before the end of the year:

  • I am very excited that I will be able to attend the ALA Midwinter conference in Philadelphia this January. I am really looking forward to it and appreciate having the opportunity to meet and connect with so many amazing librarians and authors and readers.
  • Recently, Wendy Daughdrill interviewed me for YALSA’s blog The Hub, which you can read here.
  • The UK paperback edition of Charm and Strange comes out on January 2nd! Electric Monkey/Egmont UK is hosting a blog tour that will run from January 13 – 16th. More details to come soon!

Other than that, the holiday season has been quiet around here. I’ve been running more. Playing with my kids. Writing. Reading. Learning. 2013 has been a special year, for many reasons, and it has left me more inspired than ever to continue my work and studies in mental health, and to be the best advocate I can be, in every aspect of my life. 

Here’s to 2014! Happy New Year!




Charm & Strange is a 2014 Morris Award Finalist

I am still so stunned and happy by today’s news that Charm & Strange is a finalist for the 2014 William C. Morris award. What a special, special moment. I’m not sure I even have the words to express how very honored I am and how much gratitude I feel toward YALSA and all the amazing librarians who have cared about this book.

I am a pretty well-trained insomniac and usually spend my late night hours watching old movies or bad television. But last night, for some reason, I actually re-read Charm & Strange for the first time in a long, long while. Doing so made me feel so fortunate to have had a chance to share Andrew’s story with the world, and today I feel even more fortunate.

Many congratulations to all the finalists. I’ve read all but one to date, and they are all such special books!

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters



paperback charm

It’s mid-November and I’ve had my head down in all-consuming work for the past few weeks. But now that I’ve completed two big projects, I’m finally sitting back, looking around, and the trees are bare and my in-laws are coming and the holidays will be here soon-soon-soon and everything feels surreal. How did I get here?

Quite a few nice bookish things have happened in that stretch of time. St. Martin’s finalized the cover of my forthcoming novel, COMPLICIT, and I love it more than anything. CHARM & STRANGE received a beautiful review in the Nov/Dec issue of The Horn Book Magazine, which concludes with “This wrenching novel is as difficult to read as it is to put down.” I also found out that CHARM & STRANGE was nominated for YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list, as well as the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Those nominations are both such special honors and I’m really still wrapping my head around it all. More than anything, I feel very fortunate, and I also feel a great deal of gratitude to everyone who has cared about this book.

The beneficence of others, I suppose. That’s how I got here.

One last thing: CHARM & STRANGE is getting a gorgeous new cover for the paperback release on June 10, 2014. The copy is slightly different, too. I hope you like it as much as I do.


Charm and StrangeExiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of an unspeakable tragedy, sixteen-year-old Andrew Winston Winters means to forget everything about his past—his dead siblings, his estranged parents, his own explosive rage. Even his name.

It’s for the best. 

But forgetting doesn’t come easy for Win. Not when what matters has been the source of so much pain. Not when there are people who care about him whether he wants them to or not. How far will he go to protect himself? Will he surrender his sanity to the darkness inside his mind? Or will he learn to make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.

Alternating between Win’s tragic past and the isolation of his present, Charm & Strange weaves a haunting, unforgettable portrait of grief, madness, and ultimate resilience.