Purple Nails and Puppy Tails is suggested summer reading!

I just found out (from my mom, who’s a teacher!) that the second book in the Sparkle Spa series, Purple Nails and Puppy Tails, is recommended as a great summer read for kids who are going into 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall. (Though personally, I think ALL the Sparkle Spa books are great summer reading! And possibly for kids going into 3rd and 4th grade too!)  If you want to check out the other books on the suggested summer reading list, you can click right here.  I hope you find some great books to read around the pool, at the beach, at the park, and on the couch. (Those are four of my favorite reading places.)

A Visit to the San Diego French American School

Earlier this month I spent the day at the San Diego French American School and had a great time writing mysteries with the super imaginative 4th-8th graders there. If you want to see some photographs, you can click here to visit the school’s blog post about it. A big thank you to all the kids and teachers who shared their stories and ideas and questions with me.

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Bank Street Books Event!

The children’s bookstore in my neighborhood, Bank Street Book Store, moved to a brand new (beautiful!) location recently, and to celebrate had a ton of authors reading and signing books yesterday. I got to sign a whole bunch of Sparkle Spas (books 1-5!) and talk to some adorably sparkly kids about the series. (There were even sparkly nail stickers for everyone who came by.)  Here are a few pictures from the event. IMG_1102 IMG_1104 IMG_1101 IMG_1099

My nails are orange for BAD NEWS NAILS!

I couldn’t stop myself from celebrating the Bad News Nails publication with a matching manicure…and couldn’t stop myself from sharing it with you on here! (I did the polishing myself, which is why you can only see my thumb. Aly and Brooke would’ve totally done a better job. Probably Suzy too.)

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Into the Hall of Books reviewed LOVE ON THE LIFTS

There’s another lovely review of Love on the Lifts, this time on the Into the Hall of Books blog! If you’d like to read the whole thing, you can find it over here. This part is my favorite:

Love On The Lifts by Jill Santopolo is fun. It isn’t a long read or a heavy read. It’s perfect for someone that is looking for something light, cute, and happy – EXACTLY what I’ve needed in my life right now, actually.”

I’m so glad!

A BAD NEWS NAILS launch day post!

Book #5 in the Sparkle Spa series was released into the world this past Tuesday, February 17 (happy book birthday, Bad News Nails!). In honor of that release, I visited the Vermont College of Fine Arts launchpad blog and talked a bit about why I write the Sparkle Spa books the way I do–and how I think girls can be strong, smart and sparkly all at once. The post is right here, if you’d like to check it out.