Emery Lord

Emery Lord is the author of four novels about teenage girls, including The Start of Me and You and When We Collided. Her most recent novel, The Names They Gave Us, is about a young girl whose world is turned upside down when her mother's cancer reappears. She is sent to work at a camp for struggling teens, where she finds a group of loving, unafraid coworkers. The Names They Gave Us was published on May 16, 2017.

  • These Words Matter: Emery Lord

    These Words Matter: Emery Lord

    Anxiety made me a rule-follower. It made a kindergarten teacher voice concern to my parents. Was I being punished at home for small mistakes? (“No!” my parents cried. “She’s just always been like that!”) In second grade, it made me hyperventilate in a school hallway, when I realized I didn’t have a permission slip… that wasn’t due until the next day. Reading was safe because books didn’t expect anything from me. I could pick them up and put them down. I read them; they didn’t read me back. I wasn’t evaluated, couldn’t fail. So I was already a reader when Ella Enchanted came out. But I think it made me a…