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September 19, 2017: Updated upcoming appearances. I know I still need to add an official REVENGE OF THE EVIL LIBRARIAN book page - I've been super busy!! I will add it as soon as I can. :)


(YA novel, Evil Librarian Book 2)
Candlewick Press, February 14, 2017

(YA novel; Evil Librarian Book 3)
Candlewick Press, Spring 2019


Hi and thanks for visiting! This site contains information about me and my work. I'm the author of more than forty-five books for young readers of all ages. I'm also a freelance children's book editor and writing coach (see my editing page for rates and terms) and a member of the MFA faculty in the Writing for Young People program at Lesley University.

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REVENGE OF THE EVIL LIBRARIAN is the second book in the Evil Librarian trilogy.

Here's what some of the reviewers have said:

"Returning readers will love hearing from Cyn again, who narrates her story with aplomb and keeps readers laughing despite the hellfire and danger around every corner. A pleasing and excellently evil mix of regular theater kids with highly irregular death."
Booklist Online

"Take one part humor, add an equal part horror, and spice with teenage drama (musical and romantical) for a (slightly grim) laugh...Campy, from the setting to the humor to the horror, and all the better for it."
Kirkus Reviews

"The humor, horror, and drama of the previous book are all here, and the while the conclusion is mostly happy, signs point to yet another trip to Hell for Cyn, so readers can look forward to more demonic mayhem."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


Thursday, October 12, 2017: I'll be appearing with fellow YA authors Katie Bayerl and Amy Rose Capetta at Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boston, MA at 7 p.m. Come join us!

Saturday, October 28, 2017: I'll be returning to the wonderful Ghouls and Gourds festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden! The event runs from noon to 5:30pm; authors and illustrators will be there from noon to 4:00pm.

Saturday, November 4, 2017: I'll be back at the amazing Rochester Children's Book Festival! The festival runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.

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: www.wordbrooklyn.com/michelle-knudsen

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.