Morgan Matson was born in 1981 and grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize. 

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012. It was inspired by her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book of 2012.

Her third book, Since You've Been Gone, will be published on May 6th, 2014.

Morgan's work has been published all over the world, and translated into 10 languages so far.

She lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2016.

Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer

Junior Library Guild Selection

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Readers

News & Appearances

Jenny Han & Morgan Matson, 

In conversation with Entertainment Weekly's Breia Brissey

Sunday, May 4th

4-6 PM

Books of Wonder

18 W. 18th Street



The fabulous Jenny Han and I are hitting the road this spring!


Book Passage

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.

Corte Madera, CA 94925

6 PM


Barnes & Noble

12000 SE 82nd Avenue         

Portland, OR 97266

7 PM


Powell's Books

Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.

Beaverton, OR

7 PM

MAY 9th

The King’s English -


1511 South 1500 East

Salt Lake City, UT 


MAY 10th

Changing Hands

6428 So. McClintock

Tempe, AZ 85283


MAY 11th

Once Upon a Time

2207 Honolulu Ave

Montrose, CA 91020



JUNE 3rd

Mysterious Galaxy

with Jessi Kirby, Leila Howland, and Joanna Philbin

7:30 PM

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