Carol Weston is a writer and speaker. The author of fourteen books, she has been the "Dear Carol" advice columnist at Girls' Life Magazine since 1994. Her next book is Ava and Taco Cat (April, 2015). The New York Times Book Review called Ava and Pip (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky, 2014), her last novel about the fifth grader, "a love letter to language." Carol's first book, GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You (HarperCollins), now in a fourth edition, has been in print since 1985 and was translated into a dozen languages. Her first novel, The Diary of Melanie Martin (Knopf), became a four-book series. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale with a master's from Middlebury, Carol has appeared on Today, The View, 48 Hours, Oprah, and given talks at scores of schools around the country. Newsweek calls her a "Teen Dear Abby." Carol and her husband, playwright Rob Ackerman, live in Manhattan and have two daughters and one cat. Carol has taught writing at Middlebury and at the New York Society Library. Carol speaks excellent French and Spanish and not-half-bad Italian and has had 40 letters published in The New York Times.