Long Live the Elevensies!

Hey there, and thanks for stopping by! This is the site of the Elevensies--authors whose debut novels came out in 2011. We're still around, still writing awesome books, still hanging out together and still sharing the journey, but we're mostly behind the scenes now that a new group of debut authors is burning up bookshelves with their amazing work. We still post news here every now and then, so check back often. Interested in what your favorite Elevensies authors are up to lately? Just check out their websites, which are linked in the sidebar. Thanks so much to the readers, bloggers, librarians and booksellers who helped make our debut year so wonderful. 2011 truly was one to remember, and we can't wait to see what's next!

Girls' Nightmare Out Tour

Hey all y'all! Wanted to let you know two of your Elevensies are touring this summer and we'd LOOOVE to meet you! Kendare Blake and I are hitting the road this coming Thursday along with fellow Tor Teen author Marta Acosta. Our stops look like this:

Thurs, Aug 16, 6pm – Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, 1030 Bonita Ave., La Verne, CA

Fri, Aug 17, 6:30pm – Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Sat, Aug 18, 7pm – St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Sun, Aug 19, 6pm – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy, Crestview Hills, KY

Mon, Aug 20, 5pm – Warren Newport Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee, IL

Tues, Aug 21, 7pm –Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL

Wed, Aug 22, 7pm – Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3425 Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR

Thurs, Aug 23, 7pm  Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA (With Amanda Hocking)

Fri, Aug 24, 7pm – Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA


If you're near any of those locations, PLEASE come see us, so it's not just us reading to each other. (Cuz that would be embarrassing.) Hope to meet some of you!

CJJ2 launch events if anyone's around

hi all, if anyone's in the neighborhood, please come help me celebrate the pub of CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO EXTRA CREDIT. it's like the first CJJ book, only newer.

wed aug 15 @ 4pm - RJ Julia, madison CT

tues aug 21 @ 6pm - Books of Wonder, NYC

wed aug 22 @ 6pm - Barnes and Noble, Westport CT

hope to see you and hope all are well.

tommy g


Not-very-well-known children’s author Tommy Greenwald made an unexpected announcement today, declaring that he has made himself available for writers’ conferences, provided the conferences are held at locations with a spa.

“It has long been a dream of mine to give back to the writing community,” Greenwald said in a prepared statement. “I am now delighted to be able to do just that, as long as the writing community pays my expenses and throws in a few hot stone massages.”

Greenwald, the author of the somewhat-obscure CHARLIE JOE JACKSON series, went on to describe how excited he is to get started. “I know there are a lot of pre-published writers out there who are looking for feedback,” he said. “I look forward to talking with them about how to shape their voice, who might be the best editors for their work, and which yoga classes they recommend I take.”

Reaction around the children’s literature community was swift and universal. “This is so great,” said Greenwald’s editor, Nancy Mercado of Roaring Brook Press. “I have no idea what Tommy could possibly say that would help other writers, but he could definitely stand to lose a little weight.”

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide To Summer

Hi everyone! Since Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer, which is my favorite time of year, it seemed like a good time to check in! Here’s a short list to help you make the most of this wonderful, fantastic, perfect homework-free season.

1. Never use the words “summer” and “school” in the same sentence.
2. Don’t wear socks between June 1 and September 30.
3. Ice cream melts fast, so eat it quickly, then have some more.
4. If a girl asks you if she looks fat in a bathing suit, never say “yes.”
5. French fries go with everything.
6. Swimming counts as a shower.
7. When your mom tells you you’re getting too much sun, go inside and play video games.
8. Sand belongs on the beach, not in your bed.
9. Stay away from movies that involve a lot of screaming.
10. Never use the words “summer” and “reading list” in the same sentence.