Beth Vrabel won a story contest in fourth grade and promptly decided writing was what she was going to do with her life. (To tell you the truth, she got fourth place.) Twenty-five years later, she had her first book signing at that same library. Beth is author of Cybils'-nominated Caleb and Kit, ILA award-winning A Blind Guide to Stinkville, the Pack of Dorks and The Newspaper Club series. To Tell You the Truth releases in June 2021. When she’s not visiting schools to talk about storytelling, Beth’s in New England with her family, two over-Instagrammed dogs and six chickens.
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Beth Vrabel is an award-winning writer of humorous, heartfelt novels that feature characters full of grace and grit.
Vrabel’s books for young readers have been recognized as an ILA winner, a Bank Street Book, Junior Library Guild selection, VOYA Top Shelf Book and a Cybils finalist. Her books also have been finalists for the Mark Twain Award, Great Stone Face Book Award, the South Carolina Children’s Book Award, the Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award, the Bluestem, and Rhode Island Middle School Book Award.
Both her 2014 debut novel, Pack of Dorks (Sky Pony Press) and most recent book, The Newspaper Club (2020, Running Press) earned coveted Kirkus stars.
Of Caleb and Kit (2017, Running Press), Booklist said: “Filled with smart, witty, and magical writing, Kit and Caleb, and those around them, come to vibrant life in this heartbreaking story about the ties that bring people together, and the difficulties of facing the truth.”
Vrabel loves meeting with young readers and writers through school, club and library visits, both in person and virtual. She shares her family’s adventures in their quirky, charming New England town on her social media pages.