Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson



Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

Average rating: 3.85 · 81,622 ratings · 8,467 reviews · 319 distinct works · Similar authors
Becoming Me (Diary of a Tee...

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Christmas at Harrington's

3.98 avg rating — 3,439 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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Dark Blue: Color Me Lonely ...

3.68 avg rating — 2,067 ratings — published 2003 — 7 editions
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The Christmas Bus

3.74 avg rating — 2,787 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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Blade Silver: Color Me Scar...

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It's My Life (Diary of a Te...

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The Christmas Dog

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Finding Alice

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Deep Green: Color Me Jealou...

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The Christmas Shoppe

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“It's amazing the things you realize
when you lose someone:
you get mad at yourself for not
saying the things you could've a million times,
you take for granted the days
spent doing nothing when
you could have been with them.
Anyone can be taken,
at any time in our lives,
but we always wait until they're gone to say
the things we never had the courage to before.”
Melody Carlson, Finding Out Who You Really Are

“I’ll never be lonely
Even if I am alone
For I've a precious Savior
Who’ll come to take me home.
But while I’m here
His servant I will be
With one foot on earth
And one in eternity.
And I’ll gather His crops
To populate His land
And if I feel weary
I’ll cling tighter to his hand.”
Melody Carlson

“I welcome each new day with a hopeful expectancy that I, too, will rise above the ordinary. For I am not content to live a merely "normal" life or settle for an average existence. No, I am destined for more--much, much more.”
Melody Carlson, Finding Alice



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