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.

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 2014.

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, and Ann Brashares

In conversation with Entertainment Weekly's Breia Brissey

92nd Street Y

Sunday, May 4th

7 PM

92nd Street at Lexington




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

Book Passage, San Francisco CA

May 6th

Portland, OR

May 7th

Powell's Books

Portland, OR

May 8th

King's English - with SARA ZARR!

Salt Lake City, UT

May 9th

Changing Hands Bookstore

Phoenix, AZ

May 10th

Once Upon A Time Bookstore

Montrose, CA

May 11th



Saturday, March 22nd

42nd Street NYPL


"Summer Reading"

A conversation with 

Jen Calonita

Gae Polisner

Morgan Matson

Jessica Verdi

Moderated by Melissa Walker

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