Category Archives: Empowering Girls


Carolyn will be signing her new YA novel Time Zero at BookPeople on Saturday, May 21, at 3pm. If you are in Austin, please come celebrate the release of her new book!

9781631520723_Perfect.indd“A powerfully realized dystopian tale . . . Featuring strong characters and crisp writing, this is a solid first entry in a series worth keeping an eye on.”  –Publishers Weekly

“Time Zero is a compelling, unexpected, thrilling read that elevates the young adult genre with smart and ground-breaking social commentary. As the strong-willed heroine who navigates this dangerous and mysterious world, Mina is that unique blend of brains and emotion who delights us and surprises us at every turn.”  –Elizabeth Banks, star of The Hunger Games, Wet Hot American Summer and director of Pitch Perfect 2

Time Zero is a compelling, inventive, and richly layered book — one that will appeal both to adult and young adult readers.  On top of being an absorbing story, Time Zero is also a cautionary meditation on religious extremism, intolerance, violence, and the effects of fanaticism on the human psyche.” –Tim O’Brien, National Book Award winning author of The Things They Carried


Contest Winner!

Big high five to Alyssa Allaire, the winner of the Girls With Pens “Why Do I Write” competition. We asked over 100 girls at the November We Are Girls conference in Austin “Why do YOU write?” and the answers were amazing. Alyssa’s answer got the most votes on Instagram and she has won a signed copy of IMG_5170The Lost Children.