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June 22, 2016


A girl, a mysterious bracelet, awesome animal powers…what could possibly go wrong?

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Published on June 22, 2016 06:48 • 103 views

April 28, 2016

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


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Published on April 28, 2016 10:49 • 149 views

March 22, 2016

Can you believe the seventh and final book in The Unwanteds Series is almost here? If you want the very special prize pack that goes with it, pre-order at one of these fine bookstores now. While supplies last.


I’ll be heading out on tour as usual, with a lot of great new stores that I haven’t been to before. I’m so excited! I hope you can make it. I’ll have some goodies with me, and I’d love to autograph your books, so be sure to stop in if you’re nearby.

Hope to see you soon!

April 11, 2016

Changing Hands Bookstore, 7:00pm

6428 So. McClintock

Tempe, AZ 85283

April 12, 2016

Boulder Bookstore 6:30pm

1107 Pearl St.

Boulder, CO 80302

April 13, 2016

King’s English Bookshop, 7:00pm

1511 South 1500 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84105

April 14, 2016

Anderson’s Bookshop, 7:00pm

123 W. Jefferson Avenue

Naperville, IL 60540

April 15, 2016

Barnes & Noble, 7:00pm

721 Gravois Rd

Fenton, MO 63026

April 18, 2016

Doylestown Bookshop, 6:30pm

16 S Main Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

with Kevin Sands!

April 19, 2016

Barnes & Noble, 7:00pm

Market Fair

3535 US Highway 1

Princeton, NJ 08540

with Kevin Sands!

April 20, 2016

RJ Julia Booksellers, 5:30pm

768 Boston Post Rd.

Madison, CT 06443

with Kevin Sands!

More Information

April 21, 2016

Hooray for Books! Time TBA

Alexandria, VA

April 22, 2016

Newtown Bookshop, 5:00pm

2835 S. Eagle Road

Newtown, PA 18940

with Kevin Sands!

April 24, 2016

Toronto area:

Chapters Markham, 2:00pm

3175 Highway 7 East,

Markham, Ontario L3R 0J5

with authors Kevin Sands and Kevin Sylvester!

More Information

April 26, 2016

1st Vancouver event:

North Vancouver District Library, 4:00pm

3045 Highland Blvd

North Vancouver, BC

Hosted by Kidsbooks

April 26, 2016

2nd Vancouver event:

West Point Grey United Church Sanctuary 7:00pm

4595 West 8th Ave

Vancouver, BC

Hosted by Kidsbooks

April 29, 2016

Barnes & Noble, 7:00pm

2191 N Rainbow Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89108

May 6, 2016

Barnes & Noble, 7:00pm

21001 N Tatum Blvd

Phoenix, AZ 85050

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Published on March 22, 2016 04:44 • 52 views

September 15, 2015

Book 6 of 7 is now available! And we’ve had some news lately… did you hear? Find out what’s happening here. And be sure to check the back pages of Island of Graves for a surprise.

I hope you enjoy the book! Thank you so much for reading it.

See the previous entry for my tour cities — I’m on the road now!

All the best,


On sale Sept 15, 2015!

On sale Sept 15, 2015!

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Published on September 15, 2015 11:26 • 164 views

September 3, 2015

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!


Monday, September 14

6:30 PM

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



Tuesday, September 15

6:30 PM


387 Perkins Road Extended

Memphis, TN 38117



Wednesday, September 16

7:00 PM


133A East Court Square

Decatur, GA 30030


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!


Thursday, September 17

6:00 PM


265 Aragon Ave

Coral Gables, FL 33134



Friday, September 18

5:00 PM


4465 I-55 N

Jackson, MS 39206



Monday, September 21

6:30 PM


1982 Grand River Ave

Okemos, MI 48864



Tuesday, September 22

7:00 PM


118 E Front Street

Traverse City, MI 49684



Wednesday, September 23

7:00 PM


4453 Walnut St.

The Greene

Beavercreek, OH 45440



Thursday, September 24

6:30 PM


891 Grand Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55105



Friday, September 25

7:00 PM


2692 Madison Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45208



Monday, September 28

7:00 PM

Indigo Yonge & Eglinton

2300 Yonge Street

Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4



Wednesday, September 30

4:00 PM


5130 E. Broadway

Tucson, AZ 85711



Saturday, October 3

2:00 PM


6428 So. McClintock

Tempe, AZ 85283

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Published on September 03, 2015 05:58 • 74 views

August 21, 2015

It’s tradition! We’ve put together our sixth awesome Unwanteds goody bag for you to help you celebrate book six in The Unwanteds series, coming September 15. There’s a new limited edition postcard with artwork that will be revealed soon (and it’s autographed by me), a tiny gorilla (to go with your Kitten and Panther), Island of Graves sticker, a bookmark, and a special surprise.


Tiny gorillas!

All you have to do is pre-order Island of Graves from a participating store and you’ll get the bag of goodies (while supplies last). All the participating stores are listed here with links to pre-order the book online (or just call the store).

If none of these stores are near you, you can still order from them–they’ll ship it to you. If you’d like your copy of Island of Graves to be autographed, just order from my local bookstore, Changing Hands by September 10— I’ll be autographing those pre-orders before I leave for tour.


Click here for a list of participating stores!

Place your order now to get your prize pack before they run out!

And stay tuned for tour information–I just might be coming to a city near you in September.

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Published on August 21, 2015 08:27 • 77 views

July 5, 2015


The Unwanteds: ISLAND OF LEGENDS comes out in paperback this week (July 7, 2015)! That’s book 4 in the Unwanteds series. Book 5 (Island of Shipwrecks) is available in hardcover, and book 6 (Island of Graves) will be out September 15, 2015. The 7th and final book in the series will be coming your way next spring.

Paperback on sale July 7, 2015

Paperback on sale July 7, 2015

I’ll be on tour this September, hitting the east coast. More details when I have ’em! Stay cool out there and keep reading. Hope you’re having an excellent summer!

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Published on July 05, 2015 10:24 • 70 views

April 13, 2015

Final Unwanteds CoverThe Unwanteds won the Mark Twain Readers Award in the state of Missouri for 2013-2014, yay! I’ll be attending the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) conference Apr. 18-21, and I ended up booking several schools, a library, and a festival all around these dates. Most of my events are private (in schools), but I have a couple of appearances open to the public:

April 17, 2015

Children’s Literature Festival — all day!

Pickler Memorial Library

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

April 22, 2015

Missouri River Regional Library, 7:00pm

214 Adams St

Jefferson City, MO 65101

In addition, I hope to make some impromptu stops at bookstores in the Kansas City, MO, area tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday to sign whatever books they might have in stock, in case you’re looking for autographed copies of anything.

Excited to spend lots of time with students all over the state! Hope to see you.

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Published on April 13, 2015 13:02 • 94 views

March 3, 2015

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Blue Willow Bookshop Discussion/Signing 5Unwanteds5_jktfinal

Houston, TX

Saturday, March 7, 9am-5pm

North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving, TX.

45+ YA and middle grade authors. All day.��You won’t regret it.

Kittens and Panthers while they last.


Next up: Tucscon Festival of Books, March 15, 2015

University of Arizona Campus

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Published on March 03, 2015 10:04 • 79 views

Originally posted on hippodilly circus:

Hippodilly Circus Contributor AS King is one of my favorite authors. ��When I recommend her books to people, which I do often, I say that she is so honest with her characters��� voices that I often read a paragraph and feel like I���ve been punched in the gut. She captures the feelings of adolescence so honestly and without sentimentality that I am yanked right back to my teenage life and emotions. Her books heal my teenage self and let me know that someone else out there understands how I felt and still feel. ��She is also passionate about changing the way we treat teens and wrote this post for Hippodillly Circus for which I am very grateful.��

I get great fan mail. A lot of the time, I get letters from adults. Those who are used to reading YA literature don���t usually give me reasoning for reading it or connecting���

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Published on March 03, 2015 07:25 • 96 views