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May 2, 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, Fall 2018


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 coming ... and you can pre-order a signed/personalized copy! Just place your order with WORD Bookstore by 9pm on February 12 and mention in the comments field that you'd like it signed. If you want me to personalize it to someone, include that info in the comments field, too. Alternatively, you can call the store at 718-383-0096.

FYI, it is perfectly acceptable to order some of my other books and have them signed at the same time. :)

You can also pre-order from other retailers, but only books ordered from WORD will be signed. If you do choose to order from elsewhere, I always encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, but you can also find it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble or any other online bookseller of your choice.

(If you haven't read book 1 yet, take advantage of the special February promotion and get the e-book from any online retailer for only $1.99!)

Here's what reviewers are saying about REVENGE OF THE EVIL LIBRARIAN so far:

"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


* Please note: unfortunately I had to cancel my appearance at the RT convention in Atlanta, as I will be out of the country (see below). I'm sorry to miss it, and all the great attendees and authors! *

Special appearances in China!
I'll be speaking about Library Lion at the National Library of China on Saturday, May 13 and at the Shan-Hai Children's Library on Sunday, May 14!

Saturday, May 20, 2017: I'll be returning to the wonderful Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, MD from 10am-6pm!

Saturday, November 4, 2017: I'll be back at the amazing Rochester Children's Book Festival in Rochester, NY! More details to come.

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.