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 a 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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