"Karol's adventures in the world of writing are a delight. She is a very creative and imaginative child." 

So said Karol Ruth Silverstein's second-grade teacher, and honestly, not much has changed since then. 

Originally from Philadelphia, Karol moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a screenwriter. Finding Hollywood a bit stifling, she delved into writing children's books. Reminded of her undying love for all things kid-lit, she hasn't looked back since (though she does still write the occasional screenplay because she can't help herself).

Karol writes all genres of children's literature and currently serves on the board of SCBWI-Los Angeles. She lives in West Hollywood with her exceptionally fluffy cats, Ninja and Boo.

Twitter: @KRSilverstein

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(Charlesbridge Teen, June 2019)

As if her parents’ divorce and sister’s departure for college weren’t bad enough, fourteen-year-old Ricky Bloom has just been diagnosed with a life-changing chronic illness. Her days consist of cursing everyone out, skipping school–which has become a nightmare–daydreaming about her crush, Julio, and trying to keep her parents from realizing just how bad things are. But she can’t keep her ruse up forever.

Ricky’s afraid, angry, alone, and one suspension away from repeating ninth grade when she realizes: she can’t be held back. She’ll do whatever it takes to move forward–even if it means changing the person she’s become. Lured out of her funk by a quirky classmate, Oliver, who’s been there too, Ricky’s porcupine exterior begins to shed some spines. Maybe asking for help isn’t the worst thing in the world. Maybe accepting circumstances doesn’t mean giving up.