Danny Constantino's First Date
(Dial Books for Young Readers/July 2020)
When Danny Constantino asks his old-friend-turned-Hollywood-movie-star, Natalie Flores Griffin, to his local school dance and homecoming parade, she surprises him...by saying yes!
CONFUSION IS NOTHING NEW
"The dry wit of Acampora's characters... and the love of '80s music permeating every scene give this story its rhythm and soul."
-- Publishers Weekly
"The idiosyncratic characters bring the story to life and the irrepressible humor… is laugh-aloud funny. A satisfying novel of loss, change, and renewal."
HOW TO AVOID EXTINCTION
"The transformative power of the American road trip is taken to new heights..." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Some of the chapter headings are funny enough to convince people to read the book all by themselves...: -- Kirkus
"Love plus laughter is pretty much an extinction-proof formula for a middle-grade book, and jokesters, dinosaur fans, and those looking for a satisfyingly hopeful family drama will find plenty to dig up and enjoy here." -- BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS
I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD
(Roaring Brook Press/Spring 2014)
"Adorable, funny, satisfying and smart!"
- Leila Roy (Bookshelves of Doom/Kirkus)
“This strong novel... will resonate with fans of the original Mockingbird and maybe inspire a few to check it out."
– Publishers Weekly
“...even if you’ve read every other Harper Lee-related middle grade children’s book out there, you ain’t never seen nothing like what Acampora has in store for you here.”
– A Fuse #8 Production
RACHEL SPINELLI PUNCHED ME IN THE FACE
(Roaring Brook Press/2011)
Fourteen year old Zachary Beatrice is the new kid in town. All he really wants is to answer one simple question: What do you need to be happy? In a story where buddy movie meets cooking channel, nature documentary meets high school musical, Main Street meets three ring circus, and first kiss meets boxing match, Zachary might find the answer to his question. He may also discover a lot more than he bargained for!
(Dial Books for Young Readers/2006)
Defining Dulcie is about the connections we make, the resilience of the human spirit, and the absurdities that keep life interesting.
"...an inextricable mix of sadness and humor, sorrow and hope, are the hallmark of this memorable first novel..." School Library Journal (starred review) "...strikes the perfect balance between the serious and the comical." VOYA (5Q5P)
"A carefully crafted, impressive debut." Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
BASEBALL CRAZy: TEN SHORT STORIES THAT COVER ALL THE BASES edited by Nancy Mercado
(Dial Books for Young Readers/2008)
My short piece, "Baseball Stories," is part of this awesome collection.
"...from lighthearted to serious... this enjoyable collection should appeal to a wide audience." School Library Journal
EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF: 10 ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES ABOUT BEING A GUY
edited by Nancy Mercado
(Dial Books for Young Readers/2005)
Every Man for Himself includes my short story, "No More Birds Will Die Today," which, I'm happy to say, I still like a lot. My favorite piece in this collection, is Shockers by my friend David Lubar. It is just a great, great story.
"...a refreshing look at the values, decisions, and friendships that ultimately shape a boy into a man. " School Library Journal
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