February 26, 2015: Updated upcoming events, bio, and other small tweaks throughout. Also added information about the forthcoming MARILYN'S MONSTER!

As always, more content, links, etc. still to come, whenever I have time to add them. Additional links to other author sites and pages of interest can be found on my blog.


(YA novel)
Candlewick Press, 9-9-2014

(picture book)
illustrated by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, Spring 2015

aka Trelian book 3, finally! :)
(middle grade novel)
Candlewick Press, February 2016


Hi, there and thanks for visiting! This site contains information about me and my work. I'm the author of forty-four books for young readers, with more on the way. I'm also a freelance children's book editor and writing coach (see my editing page for rates and terms). And I'm very happy to announce that I've joined the Lesley University MFA faculty and will start teaching in their Writing for Young People program this June!

Please scroll down for upcoming events and appearances!

For general news, occasional rambling, and additional information, please visit my blog.

I hope you enjoy looking around and that you'll come back soon to see what's new!


My new picture book MARILYN'S MONSTER, illustrated by the incomparable Matt Phelan, will be out in stores March 10, 2015! But there are two extra important things you should know:

1. You can pre-order a signed copy NOW from WORD in Brooklyn, NY. If you pre-order by March 9, they'll send the book out to you on or just after release day (or if you live nearby, you can stop in and pick it up). Place your order here, and be sure to specify either the name of the person(s) to whom you'd like the book inscribed or "signature only" in the comments field.

2. If you live near Haverford, PA, you can come to the MARILYN'S MONSTER LAUNCH PARTY! The wonderful Children's Book World is throwing us a celebration, and Matt and I would love for you to come. Signed books, fun activities, and CAKE! Here is the info:

Saturday, March 14th, 1:00pm
Matt Phelan & Michelle Knudsen
Launch Party for Marilynís Monster
17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford, PA 19041


My new book (and debut YA novel) was released into the world on September 9, 2014! Here are some of the reviews:

"Hysterical! Smart and funny, with a little drama, a little romance, and just the right touch of evil."
ó Stephenie Meyer, author of the bestselling Twilight Saga

"Snappily narrated, tightly plotted and generally just right. Forget paranormal romance; this horror-humor-romance pastiche is where those in search of hot nonhumans should set their sights."
ó Kirkus Reviews

"[A] self-aware supernatural dramedy... The writing is clever, the tone wry, and the stakes high, with surprises that keep the plot unpredictable. Cynís internal monologue provides plenty of amusement, especially when her hormones threaten to overpower her common sense. Itís an entertaining tale with room for future installments."
ó Publishers Weekly

"If Louise Rennison and Christopher Moore had a bibliographic love child it would be this cheekily narrated supernatural offering."
ó School Library Journal

More reviews and other info here.

Where Can You Get Yours?

I always encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, but you can also find Evil Librarian in Barnes & Noble or online at whatever virtual bookstore you prefer.

If you want a signed/personalized book, you should order from WORD in Brooklyn, so I can stop over there and sign it for you before they mail it out. :)


Saturday, March 14, 2015, 1:00pm: MARILYN'S MONSTER LAUNCH PARTY at Children's Book World (17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford, PA 19041; 610.642.6274).

Saturday, March 21, 7:00pm–8:30pm: I'll be reading/​speaking/​signing with YA authors Coe Booth, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Andrew Smith, Lindsay Smith, and Jessica Spotswood (and David Levithan, who will be moderating) at the NYC Teen Author Festival Mutual Admiration Society Reading at McNally Jackson Books.

Sunday, March 22, 2:00pm–2:30pm: I'll be signing Evil Librarian as part of the NO-FOOLIN' MEGA-SIGNING at Books of Wonder. More than 50 YA authors will be signing in half-hour shifts throughout the day; see the full schedule here!

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 1:00–1:50pm: I'll be speaking on the Texas Library Association 2015 Annual Conference panel "YA Contemporary Literature: The Next Hot Thing" with Chris Lynch, C. J. Lyons, Julie Murphy, Jason Reynolds, and Andrew Smith.

Saturday, May 16, 2015: I'll be one of the featured authors at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, MD.

Want a signed book?

If you can't make it to one of my book signings, you can still get yourself a signed, personalized book (or get one for someone else as a gift, or get a whole bunch of signed books for a whole bunch of nice people). Here is how to do it:

Use the link below to get to the special page WORD (my awesome local bookstore) has set up for ordering signed copies of my books. Once there, you can select the books you want, and when you place the order, put a note in the comments field saying that you would like the books signed and describing how you would like them personalized (e.g., "For Margaret," or "Happy Birthday, Timmy!"). You can also say "signature only," if you want a book signed but not personalized.

WORD will let me know that someone has requested signed books, and I'll head over to the store and sign the book or books per your order. If you live in the area, you can pick up the book(s) at the store; otherwise, WORD will ship them out to you.

Here is the link:

If you have any questions about how this works, please feel free to email me. You can also contact WORD by phone or email and ask them book-ordering-related questions.