Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through 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 received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.
Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.
Morgan’s first novel, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, was inspired by her love of road trips, snacks, and the quest for the perfect playlist. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.
Her second novel, Second Chance Summer, was inspired by her experiences spending summers in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. It was the winner of the California Book Award (YA category) and was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, selected for the Oklahoma Sequoya List, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book.
Her third novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, was published in 2014, and was a Publisher’s Weekly and international bestseller. It was named to the YALSA Teens Top Ten list, and the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award List.
Morgan’s fourth novel, The Unexpected Everything, will be published May 3rd, 2016.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Murphy.
The Unexpected Everything
Since You've Been Gone
Second Chance Summer
Junior Library Guild Selection
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Readers
News & Appearances
The Unexpected Everything Tour
Monday, July 25th
Barnes & Noble
8431 Brier Creek Parkway
Tuesday, July 26th
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
387 Perkins Road Extended
Wednesday, July 27th
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Thursday, July 28th
Young Adult Author Panel
Unraveled YA Panel – with authors Becky Albertalli, Kathleen Baldwin, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, and Amy Tintera
South Irving Library
601 Schulze Drive
Friday, July 29th
Barnes & Noble
Mansell Crossings Shopping Center
Tuesday, August 2nd
YA Panel – with authors Jessica Brody, Julie Buxbaum, and
695 E. Colorado Blvd