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Caela Carter

Biography

Caela Carter

Caela Carter is an author who writes contemporary, realistic fiction for young adults.
 
Her first book, ME, HIM, THEM AND IT was published by Bloomsbury in 2013 and her second book (currently untitled) will be published in June 2014, also by Bloomsbury.
 
As a girl, Caela was, at times, a runner, a swimmer, a writer, a failure, a succeeder, an actress, a singer, but she was always, always a reader. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and Basking Ridge, New Jersey and read almost everything the Basking Ridge Public Library had to offer in her middle school years. She graduated from Ridge High School.Caela Carter
 
At the University of Notre Dame, Caela took creative writing classes every semester, fell in love with football, and graduated in 2004 with a double major in English and Philosophy. She then earned a Masters in Education in 2006, also at Notre Dame. Caela spent six years teaching, four years of them at Chicago Jesuit Academy, where she fell in love with teens and with fiction for teens.
 
In 2010, Caela moved to New York to pursue her lifelong dream of being a writer. She attended the MFA Program in Writer for Children at The New School where she met a group of classmates that helped solidify the dream into a reality. She graduated in 2012 and her first book came out nine months later!

Caela Carter

Books by Caela Carter

by Caela Carter - Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Health, Travel

Alma has everything she needs, except answers to her questions. Her mother won’t tell her why her beloved stepfather, Adam, is suddenly gone. Or about Portugal, where her parents met. Not even about her father, who Alma cannot find, no matter how many graveyards she searches. Then Alma’s mother shocks her by moving them both to Lisbon so Alma can fall in love with the vibrant city where her father grew up. She hopes Portugal holds the answers she’s been desperately searching for, but it turns out finding the truth may be more complicated than she, or her mother, bargained for.

by Caela Carter - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Mental Health

Flora and her brother, Julian, don’t believe they were born. They’ve lived in so many foster homes, they can’t remember where they came from. And even now that they’ve been adopted, Flora still struggles to believe in forever. So along with their new mother, Flora and Julian begin a journey to go back and discover their past --- for only then can they really begin to build their future.

by Caela Carter - Children's 8-12, Friendship, Social Issues

Behind the white-washed walls of the compound, life was simple. Follow the rules, "live in the light," and all would be well. Zylynn was excited to turn 13 and begin the work of bringing others into the light, to save them from the liars and the darkness of the outside world. But when she is taken away by a man who claims to be her father, Zylynn is confused, and desperate to return to her home.
Zylynn resists her new life --- until she finds small comforts, like shampoo, the color pink, and strawberries. But as her thirteenth birthday approaches, Zylynn must make a difficult decision --- to stay here with the enemy, or find her way back to the light.