Best Friend Next Door

Friends of Best Frend Next Door

Friends of Best Friend Next Door

It’s been so fun to send Best Friend Next Door out into the world.  Three weeks later, I’m hearing such effusive and encouraging words from coast to coast!  Every time I get a note or a text, I’m excited all over again.

Some of my middle grade heroes have gotten in touch…

Lin Oliver, co-author of the Hank Zipper series and a zillion other books wrote and said:

Carolyn,

So I stayed up reading your book last night.  It’s wonderful.  Turns out you have a terrific middle grade voice!!!  Great characters, so unobtrusively modern and relevant without feeling the adult presence at all.  A fabulous read.

XOXO Lin

James Howe, author of The Misfits (and my all-time favorite book in second grade, Bunnicula) and another zillion books said:

Carolyn,

Just finished Best Friend Next Door. What a sweet friendship story, and what a PERFECT book to put out there for 3rd and 4th grade girls (well, all girls) (well, all girls and boys) with so many wonderful messages about how to be in relationship. I loved not only the relationship of Hannah and Emme (so fabulous), but the relationships of the girls with their parents. The girls were so likable and good and sweet, without being saccharine about it. They were both girls you were rooting for, girls with good parents and good values and good hearts.

Congrats!!!!

And love,

Jim

And this REALLY got me smiling.  A mom of a third grader sent me this shot after her daughter read Best Friend Next Door in two sittings.

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Thanks, friends.  Keep on reading!

Love,

Carolyn

BFND

It All Started With A Lunch

It all started with a lunch, veggies burgers at Chat ‘N’ Chew (RIP) down on Union Square.  I was meeting my friend, the brilliant author and Scholastic editor, David Levithan.  David and I have met for meals around the city many times in the past decade, but this time we were on official business.  I’d sent David a bunch of ideas and notes for my first middle grade novel and I wanted him to help me make sense of them.

This is when David slipped me a handwritten piece of paper.  At the top it said “Best Friend Next Door.”  Under that were bullet points basically outlining how I could turn my ideas and notes into a novel. Continue Reading