Bio

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.

Since You've Been Gone

The Unexpected Everything

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

The Unexpected Everything Tour


Monday, July 25th

6 pm
Barnes & Noble
8431 Brier Creek Parkway
Raleigh, NC



Tuesday, July 26th

6:30 PM
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
387 Perkins Road Extended
Memphis, TN



Wednesday, July 27th

6:30 PM
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN



Thursday, July 28th

7 PM
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
Irving, TX



Friday, July 29th

8 PM
Barnes & Noble
Mansell Crossings Shopping Center
Alphretta, GA



Tuesday, August 2nd

6:30 PM
YA Panel – with authors Jessica Brody, Julie Buxbaum, and
Nicola Yoon
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA

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