April 12, 2017 - Arcs have arrived!
They look even more incredible than I imagined! If you're a reviewer, and you would like to request an ARC, please reach out to my publicist, Jennifer Dee jdee (at) penguinrandomhouse (dot) com.
February 27, 2017 - UsA Today's happy ever after exclusively reveals the cover of a map for wrecked girls!
USA Today's Happy Ever After blog has hosted the exclusive cover reveal for A Map for Wrecked Girls. Check it out here.
I'm so in love with this cover - and thrilled USA Today is sharing it! Shout out to Elaine Demasco and Theresa Evangelista, the talented women in Design at Penguin who created the cover and so perfectly captured the story.
December 8, 2016 - A Map for Wrecked Girls will be available in audio book!
Listening Library is producing an audio edition of A Map for Wrecked Girls. It will be available the same day as the hardcover and e-book edition, August 15, 2017. You can preorder it through Amazon and Target.
May 10, 2016 - Starred Review from VOYA!
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) gave Wandering Wild a 5Q 4P - the equivalent of a starred review! Here's the full review:
Taylor’s story about a teenage girl and her complicated life is a stunning debut in the world of young adult novels. Talia and her brother, Wen, live life on the road. It is the only life they have ever known, moving from town to town, making money by conning and hustling easy marks. They are not alone, though; they have an entire community of wanderers as their family. Talia is considered the “compass” of the group, even though she does not have real skills and is allowed to determine where they make camp each time they relocate. After setting up near the town of Cedar Falls, Talia tries to hustle a local boy during a game of pool, but he turns the tables on her. As the days turn to weeks, Talia starts to question her life on the road, her responsibility to her brother, and her commitment to the group. When strange events involving owls start to happen on a regular basis, she questions everything she has ever thought about premonitions and prophecies. Determining whether she can settle down in one place and truly be happy is the biggest question of all.
This story is told in a first-person female point of view with a voice that is honest and real. The raw emotion of the protagonist will immediately draw readers into Talia’s plight. The setting of the story is unique and fascinating. As a wanderer, Talia and her brother live in a travel trailer; have no last names, legal documents, or formal schooling; but have been taught how to hustle and con since they were children. Talia feels an immense responsibility to take care of her brother since their parents are not around, and this becomes a focal point of the story as she falls in love and questions her loyalty to the only life they have ever known. This is a realistic coming-of-age story about love, family, and change that will appeal to readers who like stories with romance.
May 3, 2016 - Wandering Wild is Available Now!
February 29, 2016 - Dial/Penguin Will Publish A Map for Wrecked Girls in 2017!
I'm thrilled to announce my first contemporary young adult novel, A Map for Lost Girls, has sold to Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin. Come back soon for more details! For now, here's the announcement from Publishers Weekly Magazine: