About Carol


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Carol Plum-Ucci, Author & Speaker

Carol Plum-Ucci’s seven Harcourt novels have drawn many awards and honors. Her first publication, The Body of Christopher Creed, earned her a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award in 2002, and she was named a finalist in the Edgar Allan Poe Awards. The sequel, Following Christopher Creed, continues the perils of Steepleton from where 16-year-old Creed disappeared and has never resurfaced.

Plum-Ucci’s second novel, What Happened to Lani Garver, was a Printz nominee, and the book was named Amazon Editor’s #1 Choice in Teen Lit.

By late 2008, Plum-Ucci had received seven citations from YALSA, the young adult division of the American Library Association for three of her four releases. Two novels have been named to Best Books for Young Adults, and she’s also had two nominations. She was again an Edgar Allan Poe nominee for The Night My Sister Went Missing.

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Carol Plum Ucci enjoys speaking at schools both in person and online using Skype.

Her releases Streams of Babel and its sequel Fire Will Fall have been named Junior Library Guild Premiere Selections. Streams of Babel received a special write up in Kirkus Review’s Upcoming Mysteries and Thrillers.

Plum-Ucci’s fiction utterly reflects her roots as a South Jersey islander. Raised in a funeral home on the barrier island of Brigantine, she says, “People ask me how I became a writer. Between the wind whipping around the island and the funeral home creaking beneath me every night, I say the answer is easy. I became a writer as a child who suffered insomnia, and whose mattress lay one story directly above our frequent overnight ‘guests.’ If you think it was scary under your bed…”

Plum-Ucci has spoken to audiences across America, including conventions of the National Association of Catholic School Librarians and the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. She has received four starred reviews in Booklist and has been highly praised by other critics. “Plum-Ucci’s talent for blending the supernatural and scientific worlds makes her the literary heir of Madeleine L’Engle,” says the Voice of Youth Advocate (VOYA).

Plum-Ucci received her bachelor’s in communication from PurdueUniversity and her master’s in arts from Rutgers. She has ghost written for six Miss Americas, two CEOs and others who are nameless by discretion. Her many professional awards include a Dalton Penn Award and two Iris Awards for excellence in Miss America publications. She was a recipient of a Kneale Award in Journalism from PurdueUniversity.

She has two daughters and lives in Southern New Jersey.

Contact Carol at plumucci@aol.com.

National and International awards:

Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award, winner, American Library Association, YALSA, The Body of Christopher Creed, 2001
Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award, nominee, American Library Association, YALSA, What Happened to Lani Garver, 2003
Edgar Allan Poe Awards, Mystery Writers of America, finalist, The Night My Sister Went Missing, 2007
Edgar Allan Poe Awards, Mystery Writers of America; finalist, The Body of Christopher Creed, 2001
Amazon Editors’#1 Choice in Young Adult Literature; winner, What Happened to Lani Garver, 2002
Junior Library Guild Premier Selection, honoree, Streams of Babel, 2008
Junior Library Guild Premier Selection, honoree, Fire will Fall, 2010
Children’s Choice List, Readers International; honoree, The Body of Christopher Creed, 2001
Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association, YALSA, honoree, What Happened to Lani Garver, 2003
Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association, YALSA,, honoree, The Body of Christopher Creed,2001
Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association, YALSA, honoree, What Happened to Lani Garver, 2002
Quik Piks for Reluctant Readers, American Library Association, YALSA, honoree, The Night My Sister Went Missing, 2007
Most Popular Paperbacks, American Library Association, YALSA, honoree, What Happened to Lani Garver, 2005
Most Popular Paperbacks, American Library Association, YALSA, honoree, The Body of Christopher Creed, 2004
Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association, YALSA, nominee, The She, 2003
Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association, YALSA, nominee, Streams of Babel, 2008

State Awards:

Black-Eyed Susan Award, Maryland Association of School Librarians, nominee, Streams of Babel, 2009
Rhode Island Teen Book Award, Rhode Island Educational Media Association (RIEMA); nominee, Streams of Babel, 2009
Book of the Year Award, South Carolina Association of High School Libraries, winner, The Body of Christopher Creed, 2005
Gateway Reader’s Award, Missouri Association of School Librarians, honoree, What Happened to Lani Garver, 2004-2005
One Book New Jersey, New Jersey Library Association, young adult winner, The Body of Christopher Creed, 2004
Iowa Teen Book Awards List, selected annually by Iowa students grades 6-9; honoree, What Happened to Lani Garver, 2002-2003
Gateway Teen Readers’ Award, Missouri Association of School Librarians; second place, The Body of Christopher Creed, 2002-2003
Top Ten Books for Young Readers, High School Level, Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA); honoree, The Body of Christopher Creed, 2002
Rhode Island Teen Book Award, Rhode Island Educational Media Association (RIEMA); finalist, The Body of Christopher Creed, 2001
Evergreen Award for Young Adult Literature, Washington State Library Association; winner, The Body of Christopher Creed, 2001
Best of the Best List,Missouri Library Association’s Young Adult Services Interest Group (YASIG); honoree, The Body of Christopher Creed, 1999-2000