Corina Vacco

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August 2012

Corina Vacco gravitates toward strange, beautiful things—robots and gypsies, ghost towns in the middle of nowhere, curiosities shops in dark alleys, and mysterious, fog-shrouded islands. Writing is what keeps her heart beating.

She trespassed on toxic land and wrote the first draft of her debut novel, MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN, while parked in her car at the foot of a radioactive landfill—this book went on to win the Delacorte Prize for a First Young Adult Novel, was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, and made the shortlist for the 2014 Green Earth Book Award. Corina's upcoming projects include two strange, otherworldly middle grade novels and a hilarious picture book.

A city girl, fledgling guitarist, world traveler, and hopeless Chicago Cub


Picture Last summer we drove along California’s winding Panoramic Highway, through the thick and churning fog, to Stinson Beach. We packed picture books and a pile of beach toys and a picnic lunch. We even talked about  splashing around in the water a bit—the Pacific Ocean is almost always too cold for actual swimming—but to our surprise, there was a Great White Shark advisory and we weren’t permitted t Read more of this blog post »
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