Coming September 24 -- Wayward Son!

Wayward Son

WAYWARD SON ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 24, 2019. Pre-order here — or by calling your local bookstore!

If you would like a copy signed and personalized, you can order one from my local bookstore, The Bookworm. Those copies will be shipped the week after the book comes out.

Here's everything I know right now:

The ebook, audiobook and UK edition should come out about the same time as the U.S. hardcover. Canada will get the U.S. edition, also on Sept. 24.

If you’re outside of the U.S. or the UK, Book Depository is usually a safe bet for online ordering.

I’m working with DFTBA Records to offer signed editions of Wayward Son their site. They have reasonably priced international shipping. I'll announce on Twitter when that is available.

I do not expect a Carry On/Wayward Son box set this year.

I will be touring! My graphic novel, Pumpkinheads, comes out Aug. 27th. I'll be touring with artist Faith Erin Hicks. I'll tour again the week after Wayward Son comes out.


I want to thank you sincerely for waiting for this book. And for sharing Carry On with your friends. It really helped me justify writing a sequel.

And thank you for being so enthusiastic and open. This last year has been a blast.

New book: 'Almost Midnight' -- illustrated short stories

New book: 'Almost Midnight' -- illustrated short stories

I'm very happy to share more details about Almost Midnight, a book that collects "Midnights" and "Kindred Spirits," with illustrations by my friend Simini Blocker. Both these stories have been published elsewhere, but this is a very beautiful gift edition with a sparkling cloth cover and black-and-white illustrations throughout.

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Can you help defend Eleanor & Park from censorship?

Since Eleanor & Park came out three years ago, it's been challenged a number of times by people who don't believe it's appropriate for teens to read. These challenges can get ugly -- books banned, author visits canceled, librarians threatened. 
When this happens -- to my book and others -- the National Coalition Against Censorship swoops in heroically to defend the books and our freedom to read. 
But during these challenges, the voices of readers are rarely heard. Especially the voices of young readers. 
I can defend my book, the NCAC can say why the book is valuable for teens -- but that isn't nearly as powerful as testimonials from readers.
Could you help?
If Eleanor & Park was important to you -- or to your students -- could you write a letter saying so? 
It doesn't have to be long. And you don't have to be a teen to share your experience. (Though, again, the NCAC would really love to hear from young adults.)
If the book made you laugh or cry... If it changed the way you see yourself or other people...  If you thought to yourself, "I'm so glad to be reading this while I'm in high school"... Or "I wish that I'd had this book in high school ..."
Please, write it down and send it to the NCAC. They'll be so grateful.
And so will I.
Here's the address -- 
19 Fulton St., Suite 407
New York, NY 10038

Or email  --

A short story for World Book Day

BRITISH AND IRISH READERS: I have something coming just for you!

“Kindred Spirits” is a short story I wrote for World Book Day, a celebration of books and reading for kids in the UK and Ireland. 

It will be available in bookstores (online bookstores, too) on February 25th, the same day that the Carry On paperback is released in the UK.

You may have heard that “Kindred Spirits” is a book; it’s actually a short story – about a girl named Elena camping out to see the new Star Wars movie.

The “for older readers” badge just means “for older schoolchildren.” My books are normally 14+. This story doesn’t have any cursing (there might be a “damn” in there), and there isn’t a hint of sex or violence. So maybe it’s 11+?

Anyone can buy it, and it reads like my other YA books, I think.

I was supposed to go to London for the big World Book Day Teen Fest, but, honestly, I’m too exhausted to make it. (Last year was an anvil that fell on me.) BUT THE PARTY WILL GO ON. Queen of Teen Juno Dawson will be there, as well as Sara Barnard, author of Beautiful Broken Things. (There’s a sample of Beautiful Broken Things at the back of “Kindred Spirits.” Check it out!) 

And I’m still going to try my best to make it to the UK soon. I love it there. And I’m all out of M&S breakfast tea.

(AMERICAN READERS: “Kindred Spirits” will probably be available here next year, in some form or another. Stay tuned.)