Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery (Dial Books, 2013)
Thirteen-year-old Moxie Fleece is in big trouble. She has two weeks to find something that Boston’s most powerful gangster, Sully Cupcakes, wants—or Sully will take his anger out on her family. It’s a race against the clock as Moxie and her best friend, Ollie, try to follow decades-old clues to solve one of Boston’s biggest mysteries: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist. What Moxie has going for her: Her Alzheimer’s-ridden grandfather, who knows more than he lets on, Ollie’s passion for urban treasure hunting, and a geometry proof that might hold the key to $5 million in reward money.
Notes from an Accidental Band Geek (Dial Books, 2011)
In order for 13-year-old French horn obsessed Elsie Wyatt to qualify for the prestigious summer music camp of her dreams, she must expand her musical horizons and lower her orchestral standards and join–gasp!–the marching band. Band is NOT orchestra: they march, they chant, they…cluck? Surviving marching band is going to be way harder than Elsie thought.
With smart humor and a feisty, honest, real-girl character, this is a story about stepping out of your parent’s shadow, making friends, and discovering, deep down, what is most important to you—and that, ultimately, everyone looks terrible in a polyester uniform.
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet (Dial Books, 2010)
Hamlet Kennedy just wants to be your average, happy, vanilla eighth grader. But with Shakespearean scholar parents who dress in Elizabethan regalia and generally go about in public as if it were the sixteenth century, that’s not terribly easy. It gets worse when they decide that Hamlet’s genius seven year- old sister will attend middle school with her— and even worse when the Shakespeare project is announced and her sister is named the new math tutor. By the time an in-class recitation reveals that our heroine is an extraordinary Shakespearean actress, Hamlet can no longer hide from the fact that she—like her family—is anything but average.
In a novel every bit as funny as her debut, Erin Dionne has created another eighth grader whose situation is utterly unique—but whose foibles and farces will resound with every girl currently suffering through middle school.
Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies (Dial Books, 2009)
Thirteen-year-old Celeste Harris is no string bean, but comfy sweatpants and a daily chocolate cookie suit her just fine. Her under-the-radar lifestyle could have continued too, if her aunt hadn’t entered her in the HuskyPeach Modeling Challenge. To get out of it, she’s forced to launch Operation Skinny Celeste—because, after all, a thin girl can’t be a fat model! What Celeste never imagined was that losing weight would help her gain a backbone … or that all she needed to shine was a spotlight.
A hilarious debut featuring friendship, family, mean girls and even celebrity crushes, Celeste’s story is a delicious treat that doesn’t add a pound.
About Erin Dionne
Erin lives outside of Boston, where she writes, reads, teaches, and juggles family life. She’s wanted to be a writer ever since she was six years old, and is happy to report that it’s just as awesome a job as she thought it would be. Some days, she even wears her pajamas while working!
Her books have been featured in Scholastic book fairs, on state lists, and in major magazines. Her books have gotten her on the radio, TV, and have been featured in newspapers—which is not as exciting as you might think, but was still pretty cool.
Erin has two young kids at home, so she writes most of her books in her local coffee shop or a local library. She’s also an associate professor of Liberal Arts at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s having dance parties with her kids, spending time with her husband, or managing the expectations of their disgruntled family dog.
I love talking to people of all ages who have read my books.
Here you’ll find information about what types of presentations I offer—both in person and via Skype (I offer 20 minute Q&A sessions for free!). I’d love to talk to your group or present at your conference.