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Lisa McMann

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in Holland, Michigan, The United States




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Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her newest middle grade fantasy series is called The Forgotten Five. Book one, Map of Flames, was an instant NYT bestseller. It's about five supernatural kids, raised in a deserted hideout, who enter civilization for the first time to search for a hidden stash left behind by their missing, criminal parents.

Book two, The Invisible Spy, is available for preorder now! It releases November 8, 2022. Book three is coming summer 2023.

Also out now: CLARICE THE BRAVE. It's a story of hope against all odds, about sibling mice who get separated in a mutiny and vow to find one another again.

Lisa's other books include the NYT bestselling THE UNWANTEDS and UNWANTEDS QUESTS series, the GOING WILD trilogy,

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Lisa McMann I got the idea for The Unwanteds series from my children when they were 9 and 12 (they are now in college at the time I of this writing).

They came hom…more
I got the idea for The Unwanteds series from my children when they were 9 and 12 (they are now in college at the time I of this writing).

They came home from school one day with a letter that said that the arts classes at school would be canceled because of budget problems.

I knew my kids would be sad, because my son loves art. My daughter loves to sing and act. To sympathize with them, I said "I'm so sorry, kids. It kind of feels like you're being punished for being creative."

And then I thought about that, and I asked out loud, "What if there really was a world where children were punished for being creative?" and my son (who was 12) said, "Not just punished--sent to their deaths!"

And that is how The Unwanteds began. :) (less)
Lisa McMann Hi there! And thank you! If you liked the WAKE trilogy, try the Visions trilogy next. Book 1 is called CRASH.

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Hi there! And thank you! If you liked the WAKE trilogy, try the Visions trilogy next. Book 1 is called CRASH.

Thanks for letting me know you enjoy the books. :) (less)
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Lisa McMann Summer Tour USA: Boston, Portland ME, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Sacramento. Plus two virtual seminars for new authors!

It’s going to be a busy summer, and I can’t wait to celebrate The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames and all my other books with you around the country. Below are the cities where I’ll be. Let’s get kids excited about reading this summer! And if you’re a debut or newish children’s author, or you just want to sell more books and you’re trying to figure out how to do this job to the best of your ability,

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“That was the goth stage, where I decided I'd never get the girl of my dreams because of my scars. Not to mention my hairstyle. (pause) But then she slammed a door handle into my gut. And when a girl does that to a boy, it means she likes him.”
Lisa McMann, Wake

“Dreams aren't memories," he says.”
Lisa McMann, Wake

“Cabel: Um, Janie?
Janie: Yesss, Cabel?
Cabel: I have another lie to confess.
Janie: Oh, dear. What is it?
Cabel: I do, actually, know what my GPA is.
Janie: And?
Cabel: And. I have a full-ride scholarship.
Cabel is pushed violently from the beanbag chair. And pounced upon. And told, repeatedly, what a bastard he is.
Janie is told that she will most certainly get a scholarship too, with her grades. Unless she plays hooky with drug dealers.”
Lisa McMann, Wake



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Dealing with an alcoholic single mother and endless hours of working at Heather Nursing Home to raise money for college, high-school senior Janie Hannagan doesn’t need more problems. But inexplicably, since she was eight years old, she has been pulled in to people’s dreams, witnessing their recurring fears, fantasies and secrets. Through Miss Stubin at Heather Home, Janie discovers that she is a dream catcher with the ability to help others resolve their haunting dreams. After taking an interest in former bad boy Cabel, she must distinguish between the monster she sees in his nightmares and her romantic feelings for him. And when she learns more about Cabel’s covert identity, Janie just may be able to use her special dream powers to help solve crimes in a suspense-building ending with potential for a sequel. McMann lures teens in by piquing their interest in the mysteries of the unknown, and keeps them with quick-paced, gripping narration and supportive characters.”
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Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson Hey you, yes you!
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and I hope your week is
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Christine Hatfield Thanks for accepting my friend request

message 53: by Brianna

Brianna Ciancio Lisa I loved the Unwanted and it's wounderful sequil and really want a third book I can't stop thinking about Meghan and Alex.

message 52: by Maya

Maya will there be a sequel for Dead To You??? Ethan every day has haunted my mind please write a second book to it.

message 51: by Stacy

Stacy Green Thanks for accepting my friend request. Looking forward to digging into your books!

message 50: by Bern

Bern Thank you for accepting my friend request, Lisa! I hope every new book of yours sells better than the last and that more and more people know of them, because they're fantastic! Ahem, this was slightly suck-up-ish but in case you do see this, I mean every word :3

message 49: by Lily

Lily thank you for adding me on as a friend. I really enjoyed your books it gave me a lot to think about life. :)

message 48: by Autumn

Autumn Thanks afor accepting my friend request. :)

message 47: by Pamela

Pamela Hey Lisa...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

Donna (Jaevenstar) Just wanted to stop by and give you a hug. : )

message 45: by book (last edited Jul 13, 2011 09:15AM)

 book hey lisa i love your book wake it is my favorite book. i have read all your books. they are amazing. are you gonna right another book? i hope so. maybe one day i can meet you. come to cleveland. we need you LOL. do you know of any books like yours?

message 44: by Katie

Katie Hi Lisa, thankyou for accepting my friend request! :)

message 43: by sid

sid Hey Lisa!!
thanks for accepting me !
I was actually hoping if you were thinking about writing a fourth book from the wake-series?
I love that series SO much, and I love your writing, I just really hope there will be a fourth book! :(


message 42: by P.T.

P.T. Michelle Thanks for the friendship, Lisa!

Chels (farewell autumn) Thanks for the add :]
The next book I´m going to read is "Wake". I really wanted to read it since I discovered it through the bloggosphere :P
Greetings from Spain.

message 40: by Cheryl

Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friend request, Lisa. I'm looking forward to reading "Cryer's Cross".

message 39: by emily

emily thanks for the add

message 38: by Ligaya

Ligaya Hi Lisa! Thanks for accepting my friend request. Take care!

Happie =)

Ala'a Ahmed Lisa Good Morning and Thanks for add me :):)

message 36: by Tiffany

Tiffany I really enjoyed the wake trilogy, so much so that I read all 3 in one day. They were a great way to spend my sunday off of work! Thanks so much. Happy writing.

message 35: by Baine

Baine Hey Lisa! loved the wake trilogy, youre awesome
now whats this i see about Cabels story?

message 34: by Kim

Kim I like your books so so much. I'm really looking forward to reading Gone Thank you so much for writing these books.

Donna (Jaevenstar) Hi Lisa! Just dropping by to say hi and Merry Christmas!

aka jaevenstar

message 32: by Kay M.

Kay M. Fraser Lisa,
I'm so excited you are coming to MN on Jan 6! I get to go meet you and listen to you read!! Can't wait!
Obviously loved your first 2 books, can't wait for the next!


message 31: by Lauren

Lauren Hey, Lisa. Thanks for doing that twitter chat room thing today. I learned so much about you today! Your a terrific writer and auther! Hope your other story go well!
-- LaurenNature

Christa (is on top of the world!) Hey, I've read both Wake and Fade, and I honestly think that they were excelent fantisy fiction books!

PS: I'm into writing stories my self, or as you would probably say, I'm an aspiring author. I think your writing styles very captivating!

message 29: by Pixi

Pixi hey you probbably don't remember me...
you came to my school...
im the little writer girl

message 28: by Claudia

Claudia Osmond Hi! Thanks for the add!

message 27: by Jane

Jane Hey Lisa! Thanks for adding me as your friend.
Wish you the best.
Can´t wait for Gone!

Terra Timmons Good morning Lisa! I am so bummed out that I missed your signing on 6/20 in AZ. I had no idea it was in my neighborhood until I read your blog post. Will you be doing another signing in AZ again soon?

message 25: by Ruby (last edited Jun 23, 2009 09:27AM)

Ruby Emam Thanks for your friendship Lisa.
I am originally from Iran and due to the recent events all my focus has been on the demonstrations. I will try to be back to my wonderful new friends on Goodreads again.

message 22: by Angee (last edited Apr 05, 2009 04:20PM)

Angee Wentz Thanks again for your email with advice! By your taking time to respond to me, I went to Barnes & Noble and bought your books Wake and Fade. Well, for some unknown reason, every time I am at Barnes & Noble, people always randomly approach me and ask me for my recommendations for books. Why? I have no idea, but honestly the last three times I've been there I've been approached by someone I don't know asking me what books I like.
The reason I'm telling you this is because yesterday while I was picking up your book, again I was approached. The lady that came up to me saw your books in my hands and I told her of your kindness and the time that you took for me. She then (being touched also by your story of kindness) bought your books for herself and for her mother; it was her mother's birthday.

So, thank you! And I'm glad to have been able to refer your book!

message 21: by Kendra

Kendra Thanks for the add!! I LOVED Wake, and I am about to start reading Fade. I know I am going to love that too. Then I will just have to impatiently wait for Gone to come out...

message 20: by Neal

Neal Hey Miss. Mcmann, i just finished fade. It was just as good if not better than the first. I read it in like 2 sittings. lol. You are an amazing author/writer. I realy love the way you narrated the whole book. I can't wait to read the books you write in the future. :)

message 19: by Shel

Shel I just wanted to say that I think you're an amazing author. I read soo many books and Wake & Fade both have spots in my top ten favorites. I sort my books on shelves by favorites, both of yours are on the top shelf. I lend my books to friends all the time, and whenever I lend them yours, they always say they loved it and it's one of their favorites, too. They always ask, "When's the next one coming out ?" And whe I tell them 2010, they groan and say it's too long. I agree ! Haha.

Keep writing and being amazing !

Elizabeth Scott Thanks for the rec!

message 17: by William

William Thanks for the recommendation, Lisa.

Shadonna Thanks for the add. I loved your book "Wake". What a unique concept. Have a great weekend!

message 15: by William

William Hey Lisa...it seems you work as hard as I do...http://www.billhazelgrove.com

message 14: by Devyn

Devyn Just dropping by to say Hello!
Can't wait for Fade--And I think its fair to say I am like your own personal Street Team! :D


message 13: by William

William Looking forward to the second book!

message 12: by Andrea

Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend on Good Reads!

message 11: by Kelly

Kelly Thanks, Lisa! It is fairly easy to update!

message 10: by Jeannie

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Lisa and thanks for adding me as a new friend on Goodreads. I love the pix of you. Has anyone ever told you you favor Meg Ryan??? I see you're a very busy lady, but if you have the time, I'd love for you to visit my web site, jeanniebarber.com. I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. I’m co-authoring a novel with Patty Wiseman, another friend on Goodreads. We’ve known each other for over 30 years. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too! There’s also a link to our book you can click on…clairkelley@synthasite.com. This site is brand new and in the editing stage as is our story. Please visit it as well. We’re both very green, but we’ve met so many people on this site willing to reach out and offer advice or a guiding hand, we feel very blessed.

Ashley lisa im so excited about your new book!!!
im so going to read every book you write!!!!
i love ur books they are absolutly AMAZING!!!

Abbeville Press Hi Lisa! Thanks for the add :)
We hope you check back with us as we post updates about our site, our books, and our exciting new online media

message 7: by Oris

Oris Hi!!! I loved your book, I hope Fade will come out soon bye

message 6: by Aine

Aine MacAodha Hi Lisa,

Thanks for the invite, I will add wake to my wish list, it sounds like a great read.

All the best with it,

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