The Power of a Book


A book can be that kind, understanding friend. The one who allows you to truly feel, see, and be yourself. The one who loves you for you.

A book can make a difference. While there is tons of research to support this, it wasn’t until recently that I truly felt it. Really felt it. In my heart. I received an email from a teacher whose class had read Finding Perfect, a class that I had Skyped with a few months ago.

“Hi Elly!

Something so powerful happened in my class today, and I had to tell you about it…I asked all the kids to fill in the sentence “I wish my teacher knew…”. One student wrote that, because she read Finding Perfect, she realized she has OCD and is now getting help and resources to cope. Had she not read the book, I think it would be several years before realizing this.

I cannot say enough about this book, and cannot wait to read it with my next bunch of kids next year. Thank you for such a wonderful contribution to middle childhood literature.” 

Humbled. Honored. Grateful.

In my heart, I believe that stories enable the reader to feel deeply. To connect. To the story, to themselves and to others. And in this connection, the reader realizes they are not alone.

They find their brave.

They find themselves.

To all those who write, know your books matter.

To all those who teach, know you matter.

Every single day.


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Get Ready to Sparkle – giveaway!


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It’s time for a Giveaway!

Wish List – The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever! + Finding Perfect

Spring is here and The Wish List – The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever! is coming to a bookshelf near you on May 30, 2017!

Truly, I’m excited!

So, I’m doing a giveaway of a Wish List arc + Finding Perfect!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Jump on Twitter. Find my tweet about the giveaway. It will kick off on March 22, 2017.
  2. ‘Like’ that tweet and follow @sarah_aronson and me @ellyswartz
  3. Do all this before the giveaway closes on April 1, 2017.
  4. On April 2, I will announce the winner. Stay tuned!

Any questions, just reach out to me. Happy to chat!

A bit about Wish List – The Worst Fairy Godmother Every!

Q: What do you need to become a great fairy godmother? 

  1. a) kindness
    b) determination
    c) gusto
    d) all of the above

Fairy-godmother-in-training Isabelle doesn’t know what gusto is, but she’s pretty sure she has what it takes to pass fairy godmother training with flying colors.

But then Isabelle is assigned a practice princess who is not a princess at all. Nora is just a normal girl—a normal girl who doesn’t believe in fairy godmothers or that wishes come true or happily-ever-afters.

Isabelle has to change Nora’s mind about magic and grant a wish for her. If she can’t, Isabelle will flunk training and never become a great fairy godmother!

 Now Available for Pre-order

A bit about the author, Sarah Aronson. I can tell you she’s awesome. But, if you still want to know more, check out her website.

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Hanging Out with Matthew Winner at All The Wonders Podcast

Last night I had the wonderful privilege of hanging out with Matthew Winner at the All the Wonders Podcast. Matthew welcomed me with warmth and kindness as we chatted about FINDING PERFECT. We talked about meeting Molly for the first time, weathering years of rejection, and the love of writing.  A huge thank you to Matthew Winner and All The Wonders. I am wholly honored to be a part of this incredible podcast.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts! (p.s. Still working on figuring out how to share this without the big pic of me. I welcome input!)

Click to listen to the episode.

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