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Karen Harrington

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Karen Harrington is an author and former speechwriter. Her books include SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY (2013), COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS (2014) and MAYDAY (2016) all from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Her books have appeared on nine state reading lists.

Sure Signs of Crazy was also a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the year, a 2014 Notable Children’s Book selection from the Children’s Literature Assembly and a 2014 Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Best Book of the Year.

Karen lives in Dallas, TX with her family, where she enjoys reading, writing, cooking and long walks with her rescue dog, Sam.

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Kuráž pro začátečníky

Welcome to the world, Kuráž pro začátečníky, the Czech edition of COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS, out this month from Albatros. Exciting! 

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The Newbery awards are just around the corner. It's time to decide what we will read for our last book of the month in 2013.

What book should we read in December?

You may write in titles, provided the book is a 2014 Newbery contender and already published.

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message 16: by Sandra

Sandra Thanks for friending me! :)

message 15: by Roxanne

Roxanne Hi Karen. Thanks for adding me as a friend. It's always nice to meet another writer.

message 14: by Melissa

Melissa Santangelo Thanks for being a friend.
I will be featured on The Authors Radio Show all day tomorrow at http://www.theauthorsshow.com and my book will be $5.00 tomorrow only at http://www.thekeytolifeisbalance.com.
Many Blessings!
Melissa Stone

message 12: by Kate

Kate thanks Karen. I'll be interested in hearing what you think. I've added your book to my to-read list.


message 11: by Anna

Anna Hey, Karen!

Thanks for the comment and for befriending me back! I really like your blog and congrats on the debut novel...I'm adding it to my "to-read" list.

And don't sell yourself short on the comedy...cracking labs up is no small feat. (They are a notoriously tough room.)

Take care...

:^) Anna

message 10: by Tony

Tony Hey Karen,

Just got Janeology in the mail. I plan on starting it in a couple of days.


Eugene Hi Karen! It is my pleasure to meet you, and i wish you peace and inspiration always.

Brigid ✩ hi karen! thanx 4 accepting my friend request. i'm brigid, and i'm fifteen. i love 2 read, and I also write a lot. i've only written one book so far, but haven't had any luck when it comes to publishing. i'm working on like four other novels write now. if u ever have advice for young writers, i'm here :)

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:

Jeremy Hi Karen!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

message 4: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

Jeremy Hi Karen!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite book of all time?

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with wacky whims, wonderful weirdness, and well-disposed werecats.

-Jeremy :)

message 3: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

Daniel Karen, I've added Janeology to my to-read list.

message 2: by Andie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

Andie Thanks for being my friend, Karen. Seems like I have to find the Janeology. :) Keep on writing, ok !

message 1: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:53PM)

Jeremy Thanks for the friendship, Karen! Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous fates, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools. :)

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