Paul Acampora

Paul Acampora writes novels and short stories for young readers. Kids, parents and critics praise his work for its laugh-out-loud humor, rollicking dialogue, and heartfelt characters. His books include Defining Dulcie (Dial 2006), Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face (Roaring Brook 2011), I Kill the Mockingbird (Roaring Brook 2013), and his newest novel, How to Avoid Extinction (Scholastic 2016), which is a comedy adventure about road-trips, run-away grandma’s, dinosaur bones, and more. Paul is a popular writing workshop leader for schools, libraries, and conferences. He and his family live in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Find more about Paul at Twitter (@paulacampora) or at

Signed copies are available! 

School Visits: Would you like Paul Acampora to visit your school? Website: Honorarium fee may be discounted up to 25% if school sells books through our bookstore. Presents to: Upper Elementary, Middle School & High School. * However, Paul is a former kindergarten teacher and is comfortable working with younger students if interested! For large groups/assemblies, Paul's presentations cover story structure and processes for developing ideas into stories. He prefers to lead workshops with small groups and classrooms so that students have an opportunity to learn about stories and story-telling by writing and sharing their own work. Projector & microphone. 

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In Honor of Broken Things Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984816641
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Published: Dial Books - March 8th, 2022

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Danny Constantino's First (and Maybe Last?) Date Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984816610
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Published: Dial Books - July 14th, 2020

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Confusion Is Nothing New Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338209990
Published: Scholastic Press - May 29th, 2018

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How to Avoid Extinction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545899062
Published: Scholastic Press - September 27th, 2016

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I Kill the Mockingbird Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596437425
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 20th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781250016690
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Published: Square Fish - February 19th, 2013

The very first recepient of the Let's Play Books! STAR award!