Nicole Panteleakos is a middle-grade author, playwright, and Ravenclaw whose plays have been performed at numerous theaters and schools in Connecticut and New York City. She earned her BA in Theatre Scriptwriting from Eastern Connecticut State University and is currently working toward her MFA in Children's Literature at Hollins University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has three awesome godchildren, two quirky cats, and at least one Broadway song stuck in her head at all times. Planet Earth Is Blue is her debut novel. Visit Nicole on Twitter at @NicWritesBooks, on Facebook (facebook.com/nicolepanteleakos), or at nicolepanteleakos.com.
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
"Pantleakos masterfully blends character and plot in this gorgeous, hopeful story." --Booklist, Starred Review "Bursting with worry, joy, empathy, humor, and even mischief, Nova is endearingly nuanced... Stellar." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review "An exceptional debut featuring a character everyone can root for." --School Library Journal, Starred Review "Tender and illuminating, Planet Earth is Blue is a beautiful debut novel about the strength of a girl who knows exactly who she is, even when others can't see her." --Rebecca Stead, Newbery-winning author of When You Reach Me "A powerful story about the extraordinary mind of a young girl with autism and the bond between sisters." --Ann M. Martin, Newbery Honor-winning author of A Corner of the Universe and the Baby-sitters Club books "Nova is a character you will never forget, who will break your heart and put it back together again in a new way. She felt so real." --Gennifer Choldenko, author of the Newbery Honor Book Al Capone Does My Shirts and One-Third Nerd "A remarkable, sensitively told debut with a joyfully positive portrayal of neurodifference. Nova and her indomitable spirit will remain with you long after you close the book." --Cindy Baldwin, author of Where the Watermelons Grow "As close to perfect as a story can get. It speaks to heartbreak and joy, pain and resilience, tragedy and humanity (both big and small) in a unique and utterly engaging 'speechless' voice that transcends all boundaries." --Nora Raleigh Baskin, author of Anything but Typical and Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story "Nova's story will wrap itself around your heart page after page after page. It's like reading a hug. A beautiful debut!" --Ellie Terry, author of Forget Me Not