CECIL CASTELLUCCI reads and signs her new young adult novel FIRST DAY ON EARTH

Cecil Castellucci

First Day on Earth (Scholastic)

Young adult author (and Skylight favorite!) Cecil Castellucci returns to Skylight Books to launch her new young adult novel First Day on Earth.  This isn't just a launch party -- it's also Cecil's birthday, so expect a party!

"A simple, tender work that speaks to the alien in all of us." --Kirkus Reviews

Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Quiet, but with a lot of words underneath. Seven years ago, Mal disappeared for three days. Everyone tells him it was a breakdown, a seizure, something medical. He thinks it was something different. An alien abduction. But there's no way for him to know for sure. Then, at an abductee support group, he meets Hooper, who has some otherworldly secrets of his own. And suddenly the truth is closer than Mal ever imagined it could be.

Cecil Castellucci grew up in New York City and is the author of the young adult novels Rose Sees Red, Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool, and Beige, the children's picture book Grandma's Gloves, and the comic books The Plain Janes and Janes in Love. Currently, Cecil Castellucci lives in Los Angeles. You can learn more about her at and via her blog,

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles
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ISBN: 9780545060820
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Press - November 1st, 2011

A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.

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ISBN: 9780545060790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - August 1st, 2010

Set in New York in the 1980s, this story of two ballet dancers (one American, one Russian) recounts the unforgettable night they spend in the city, and celebrates the friendship they form despite their cultural and political differences.

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By Cecil Castellucci, Julia Denos (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763631680
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 10th, 2010

A child who loses a beloved grandparent finds comfort in carrying on the activities they shared in this genuine look at a universal experience. Full color.

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ISBN: 9780763642327
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 10th, 2009

From the author of "Boy Proof" comes an edgy novel full of humor and heart. Katy really doesn't want to spend two weeks in L.A. with her father, a recovered addict and drummer for a punk band. But she won't fuss. After all, she is a nice girl--a girl who is, well, beige. Or is she?

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ISBN: 9781401213879
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minx - September 23rd, 2008

In this sequel to "The Plain Janes," the Janes are back. But when the Janes become entangled in matters of the heart, they discover that in art and in love, the rules don't always apply. Young adult.

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ISBN: 9780763634131
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 14th, 2007

The author of "Boy Proof" returns with a funny, incisive look at a teenage girl who becomes bored with her popularity and dares to take off her tiara and do something really cool with her life.

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ISBN: 9780763627966
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 8th, 2006

What happens when an aloof and antisocial cinephile meets a new boy savvy enough to see through her cool, impenetrable disguise? Castellucci's smart and vulnerable heroine will please teen readers struggling with identity, choices, and relationships.

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd Cover Image
By Holly Black (Editor), Cecil Castellucci (Editor)
ISBN: 9780316008105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2010

Acclaimed authors Black ("Ironside") and Castellucci ("Boy Proof") have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the bestselling and most promising geeks in young adult literature, including M.T. Anderson, Garth Nix, and Scott Westerfield. Illustrations.