(Photo credit: Alvaro Keding)

September 14, 2016: Added Evil Librarian paperback info; updated upcoming events and appearances.


(picture book)
Candlewick Press, Feb 2016

aka Trelian book 3, finally! :)
(middle grade novel)
Candlewick Press, 4-12-2016

(YA novel)
Candlewick Press, Feb 2017


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.

EVIL LIBRARIAN is now available in paperback!

As of September 13, Evil Librarian is available in paperback! Now you can get all the Evil Librarian goodness (evilness?) in a compact paperback package. >:)


Saturday, September 17, 2016: Come see me at the Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day Event! At 12 noon, I'll be speaking on a panel with Adam Gidwitz and Leopoldo Gout, moderated by Eric Luper: "Ready. Set. Action!"

Saturday, September 24, 2016: I'll be signing books at the Princeton Children's Book Festival from 11am-4pm.

Saturday, October 29, 2016: I'll be reading and signing books at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Ghouls and Gourds event.

Saturday, November 12, 2016: I'll be reading and signing books at the 20th annual Rochester Children's Book Festival from 10am-4pm.


The third book in my Trelian series is FINALLY out as of April 12! Where can you get yours? 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 want a SIGNED AND/OR PERSONALIZED copy, you can order one from WORD in Brooklyn, NY, and I will stop in there and sign/personalize it before they ship it out (or before you pick it up, if you are local). You can order signed/personalized copies of my other books too (for example, books 1 and 2 in the series, if you don't already have them) just note in the comments field whom you'd like each book signed to when you place the order.

Here's what the reviewers are saying so far:

"An exemplary middle-grade fantasy trilogy concludes with a blast." Kirkus

"Begun in 2009 with The Dragon of Trelian, this excellent fantasy trilogy finally receives a worthy ending." Booklist

"[A] Harry Potter meets Game of Thrones mash-up ... Recommended." School Library Connections


I can't believe it's been 10 years since Library Lion first came out into the world. We're celebrating Library Lion's 10th anniversary with a special new hardcover edition! In addition to the updated cover (fancy gold foil lions!!), it includes an author's note by yours truly and an illustrator's note by the wonderful Kevin Hawkes.

Thank you so much to everyone who has read, shared, and recommended Library Lion over the past decade! I am beyond grateful for your continued love and support.

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.