Courtney Sheinmel


The Kindness Club by Courtney Sheinmel

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The Kindness Club

The Kindness Club

"Super fun and totally charming! Every kid will want to join the Kindness Club!" – Sarah Mlynowski, New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series

"A great big hug of a book that proves friendships are built one small act of kindness at a time." - Michael Buckley, New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm and NERDS series

Fifth grader Chloe Silver is good at looking on the bright side. But staying positive has been difficult since her parents divorced and she had to start at a new school. When Chloe is given the chance to try out for the exclusive It Girls club, things are finally looking up again.

Then Chloe is assigned a science project with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and brainy Theo Barnes. Together they create an experiment that tests how people react to different acts of kindness, officially forming the Kindness Club. Lucy and Theo are fun to be around, and their new club means a lot to Chloe. But the It Girls don't want to share Chloe with anyone else. How can Chloe be kind to all of her friends, and still stay true to herself?

Coming soon

Starting this fall, I'll be visiting schools to talk about The Kindness Club. Want me to visit YOUR school? Email me:


Kids already love The Kindness Club:

"The Kindness Club has a great message, and it was fun to read at the same time! Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down (even when my brother begged me to stop and play games with him)." –Avery A, age 9.

"This book was so good that it only took me one day to read it. I learned that it's always the right choice to be kind. I also love the main character's name." –Chloe B, age 9.

"After my mom read The Kindness Club to me, I took pennies from my piggy bank and dropped them around my school for other kids to find." –Daniel C., age 7.

"I loved The Kindness Club! It's a great story that helps kids realize exactly why you should always be nice, because you never know what someone else is going through. There were a lot of things in the story that happened in my real life, too. I didn't want the book to ever be done, and now I want to start my own kindness club!" –Rachael C., age 10.

"This is an engrossing story about an average girl who goes out of her way to do amazing things. Readers will learn the difference between good friends and popular friends, and maybe they'll be inspired to do amazing things, too. That would be cool."—Maverick C., age 10.

"There's a lot of cool and surprising stuff in this book, plus some good tips about things you should do to be kind, like making cookies for other people. I think starting a kindness club is a great idea for how to make more friends." –Asher F., age 9.

"This book is amazing and everyone should read it if they want to learn how to make decisions and what it means to be kind. It also teaches you a useful lesson about how to cut onions and not cry." –Tesa G., age 10.

"I loved this book! I look forward to reading it again and I can't wait for the second book to come out!!!" –Anjali K., age 8.

"Do you know that feeling when you want to do something for the rest of your life? I want to read The Kindness Club for the rest of my life!" –Livy K, age 8.

"Courtney Sheinmel is one of my favorite authors and I love this book. It connects to things we're learning in school. I would like to form a kindness club in school because some people sometimes tease other people, and if someone has something mean to say they should keep it to themselves." –Sasha L, age 8.

"This is a fun and fast read that I recommend to anyone who wants to read a positive story about friendships." –Abigail M., age 11.

"I think boys and girls will relate to this book. It was awesome. I read it in two days and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I definitely want to read the rest of the series." –Madden S, age 11.

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My So-Called Family by Courtney Sheinmel

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Welcome to a day in the life of Zachary Cooley!

Zack barely has any friends to invite to his tenth birthday party. His popular twin sister doesn't appreciate his efforts to put safety first. And his uncle gives him a scratched up bottle as a gift, and breaks the news that Zack is a genie.

Yes, you read that right: Zack is a genie. And faster than he can say "happy birthday," he is whisked away on his first genie assignment, without any training or instruction. Using his powers to grant wishes isn't exactly the easiest task, especially since Zack is stuck with Trey, a.k.a. his spoiled "master," and the bullies chasing them. Zack may be used to protecting people from every day dangers, but he has never before had a day like this! Will he able to save Trey - and save himself?

Click here to read an excerpt from Zacktastic!

Sincerely by Courtney Sheinmel

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Eleven year old Sophie Turner lives in Manhattan and attends an all-girls private school, but some difficult changes have left her feeling very lonely. When Sophie's best friend, Jessie, suddenly rejects her for a faster crowd and the Turner family begins to break down, Sophie's only source of comfort is the distant voice of her school-assigned pen pal, Katie.

Eleven year old Katie Franklin lives in California, and she thinks life is perfect. When she and her best friend, Jake, spearhead a charity project for earthquake victims in Mexico, Katie couldn't be happier. But when Jake starts paying attention to another girl, Katie get jealous, and does some things she isn't proud of at all. No one at home understands her, but she does have one friend she can open up to--her pen pal, Sophie.

Two realistic, gentle novels in one about dealing with transitions and divorce, friendship and jealousy, Sincerely looks at the enduring power of friendship--even from miles away.


All The Things You Are by Courtney Sheinmel

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All the Things You Are

Carly Wheeler is used to having the kind of life other kids envy. She's a popular seventh grader at the prestigious Preston Day School. Her mom is a stylist for the hot soap opera Lovelock Falls, and Faux Pa (what Carly calls her step-father) loves her just as much as he loves his real kids.

But the day her mother is arrested for embezzling funds from her job, Carly's life becomes crazier than a plotline on the show. Suddenly instead of trips to the set, she's accompanying her mom to the lawyers' office and the courtroom. Newspapers chronicle the whole mess so everybody knows, and Carly's closest friends start avoiding her in school. Her parents can barely look at each other. Worst of all, Carly is no longer sure how she feels about her mother.

In this authentic story about a timely topic, Courtney Sheinmel shows what can happen when the world crumbles down around you and you're left to pick up the pieces – even though it may not look the same when they're put together again.


Positively by Courtney Sheinmel

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Emerson Price was four-years-old when she and her mom were diagnosed as HIV-positive – infected with the virus that causes AIDS, and eight when her parents divorced. Now she is thirteen and her mother is dead. Emmy moves in with her father and stepmother, but she feels completely alone. Even though everyone has always accepted her, no one – not her father, or stepmother, or even her best friend – understands what it's like to have to take medicine every single day, to be so afraid of getting sick, and to miss her mom more than she ever thought she would.

When Emmy's dad and stepmother send her to Camp Positive, a camp for HIV-positive girls, Emmy is certain she is going to hate it. But soon she realizes that she is not so alone after all – and that sometimes letting other people in can make all the difference in the world.


My So-Called Family by Courtney Sheinmel

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My So-Called Life

Leah Hoffman-Ross just moved to New York and she wants her new friends to think she's a typical thirteen-year-old. But Leah has a secret: she doesn't have a father, she has a donor. Before Leah was born, her mother went to Lyon's Reproductive Services and picked Donor 730. Now her mother is married and Leah has a stepfather and a little brother. Her mom thinks that they should be all the family Leah needs.

Despite her attempts to fit in and be normal, Leah can't help but feel like something is missing. When she finds the link on the Internet to the Lyon's Sibling Registry, Leah knows she has to see if she has any half-siblings. And when she discovers that one of the other kids from Donor 730 is a girl her age, Leah will do anything to meet her – even if she has to hide it from everybody else.


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