Marie Lamba is author of acclaimed young adult novels, and of the upcoming picture book Green, Green (co-authored with her husband Baldev Lamba), which will be illustrated by Sonia Sanchez (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017). Her most recent YA is the paranormal novel Drawn about a teen artist who starts channeling one very hot ghost. This novel has been garnering rave reviews, and the huge Twilight fansite TwilightMOMS.com says, “Mysterious and enchanting, DRAWN is a breath of fresh air. If you are looking for a page turner with a unique twist, then look no further.”
Marie’s contemporary YA Over My Head, about a teen who puts her heart on the line for a college-aged lifeguard, is also widely praised. New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry calls Over My Head, “a funny, touching, and at times heart-breaking Young Adult novel about the search for love.”
Marie’s humorous YA novel What I Meant… (Random House) was dubbed “an impressive debut” by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus called it, “realistic and well-paced.” School Library Journal hailed What I Meant… and its mainstream story about a biracial teen, saying, “The teen’s family life and struggles will resonate with readers of all backgrounds…teens will enjoy the interesting cast of characters and the book will have a broad appeal, leaving readers wanting more.”
Her essay “The View from the Outside,” appears in the anthology Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering. And her short story “What I Did…” is in the new fiction anthology Liar Liar! .
More than 100 of Marie’s articles have been published in regional and national magazines. Her most recent pieces include “It Has Merit, But…” and “Middle Grade vs. YA: Making the Grade,” both in Writer’s Digest magazine.
Marie is a full-time writer, mom and silly person, who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and one rather too interesting poodle. She is also an Associate Literary Agent with the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency in New York City. Marie’s a frequent speaker at schools, libraries and conferences, and if you are interested in booking her for an event, you can get more info about this on her Appearances page.
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