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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.


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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.


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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 • 44 views

July 5, 2015

Greetings!


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 • 51 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 • 68 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.


It's PANTHER!


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


University of Arizona Campus

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Published on March 03, 2015 10:04 • 59 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 • 73 views

February 1, 2015

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.

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Published on February 01, 2015 13:10 • 55 views

January 12, 2015

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

More Information


February 9, 2015

BARNES & NOBLE Arden Fair — 5:00pm

1725 Arden Way

Sacramento, CA 95815

916-565-0644

More Information


February 11, 2015

WARWICKS — 4:00pm

San Diego

Location TBA

858-454-0347


February 12, 2015

BARNES & NOBLE Huntington Beach — 6:30pm

7881 Edinger Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA 92647

714-897-8781

More Information


February 13, 2015

ONCE UPON A TIME — 7:00pm

2207 Honolulu Ave

Montrose, CA 91020

818-248-9668

More Information


February 20, 2015

BARNES & NOBLE Desert Ridge — 7:00pm

21001 N Tatum Blvd

Phoenix, AZ 85050

480-538-8520

More Information


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

More Information


March 15, 2015

TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS — 9:30am-5:00pm

University of Arizona campus

Details TBA

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Published on January 12, 2015 07:56 • 79 views

January 10, 2015

“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!

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Published on January 10, 2015 12:30 • 65 views

December 18, 2014

November 23, 2014

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!

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Published on November 23, 2014 06:35 • 75 views