Coming in January


Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.

Coming in January

Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat handle first.

Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.

Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom.

And then ditched her.

Now, she must piece together stain-by-stain on her thrift store dress—exactly how she ended up dateless…with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven. But to get to the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. Can losing out at her prom ultimately lead to finding true love?

Available from Disney-Hyperion January 10, 2012

What People Are Saying


Zany comedy dominates this romp through the prom night from Hell… The author displays a well-developed touch for the absurd… For readers with a funny bone that needs a tingle, this should hit the spot. ~Kirkus


Mellom’s debut is a laugh-out-loud tale of a prom nightmare. She understands what makes teens giggle and what makes them cringe…Give this one to those non-Cinderella types who have a knack for getting into trouble. ~Booklist


It’s like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles all rolled into one…four outrageous friends bond in an unlikely way…and an ending that will blow you away. This book is brilliant. ~myguiltyobsession.blogspot


In this fast, fun ride you will alternate between laughing, groaning, gasping in horror, and shaking your fist, and then back to laughing again. Read this book, friends. You will plow through it and enjoy every minute of it. ~karlaellenbach-lastword.blogspot


Think John Hughes on paper. This is one of my favorite reads of the year…[it’s] Pretty in Pink meets The Hangover meets Say Anything. DITCHED must be added to your “I must read this” pile. It is worth every single page. ~bookemadventures.blogspot

The Classroom

In 2012, a documentary crew descended upon Westside Middle School to detail the life of an average seventh grader and his classmates.

What they uncovered, though, was far from average. Mostly, it was upper average along with moments of extreme average, highlighted by several minutes of total epicness.


This is the story…

Trevor Jones — perfect attendance award recipient, former neurotic (he hopes) — has been preparing for the start of seventh grade his entire summer. But he is NOT ready for the news his best friend, Libby (proud neurotic, in a color-coding sort of way), drops on him: he must ask a girl to the fall dance. By the end of the day.

Trevor decides he would rather squirt hot sauce in his eyes than attend the dance. Everything changes when he meets mysterious new student Molly (excessive doodler, champion of unnatural hair colors).

Trevor starts to think that going to the dance maybe wouldn’t be the worst thing ever. But what if she says no to his invitation? More important, what if she says yes?!

News & Events

JANUARY 24– Santa Barbara County Office of Education; Author-Go-Round FEBRUARY 13– Arts Panel at the Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly University FEBRUARY 20–Guest speaker at the teen book club; downtown SLO library

On March 11-13th, the South Carolina Association of School Librarians held their annual conference. I was not able to participate in person, but I did still manage to get a booth up with all my books. How? By my adorable parents! They spoke with hundreds of librarians and donated HUNDREDS of books to schools. I’m already hearing from librarians who say the books are being checked out and kids have signed up for the waiting list. Makes me SO PROUD and thankful to have such supportive parents. Check it out!


















School Visits

Since I’m a former elementary and middle school teacher, sharing my love of reading and teaching writing techniques is a dream come true.

Seeing students hop up and down, giddy with excitement that a “real life author” has come to visit is something everyone should witness.

I offer several different types of presentations to meet the needs of your group from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Take a look at my topics and email me so we can discuss what will work best for your students. If you’re using THE CLASSROOM series in your school, download Disney’s Discussion Guide.

School Visits


I share my journey to becoming an author, reveal inspiration behind my books, read excerpts, and share revising tips students can use immediately to improve their own writing. Perfect for big groups! Grades 3-8


I share my journey to becoming an author and take students through specific revision techniques I use to strengthen my writing–techniques that every student can use to make their own writing sparkle. Great for a class or a couple of combined classes. Grades 3-8


Plot your story like a screenplay. I work with students to think cinematically as they plot their own stories. Perfect for older middle grade writing students. Grades 6-8

School Visits


I share with students the steps I take to prepare writing a novel and I emphasize the pre-writing process. Students will learn about voice and practice using different points of view in a piece of narrative writing. They will have the opportunity to fine-tune their personal writing with my guidance. 90 minutes, small group or one class

Follow up sessions with teachers are held to share the techniques I use and provide them with resource recommendations. Time is also available for brainstorming with teachers on effective ways to enhance their students’ narrative writing.

School Visits

Email me for details about availability and pricing.

Robin kept close to 500 kids over 5 days engaged with her fun and thoughtful presentations during our 45th Annual Author Go-Round. As an ex-teacher, she really knows how to talk with the 5th through 8th graders who attended, and I really mean WITH the kids and not AT them. Robin was approachable and it was obvious that those kids who were already fans of her books were bigger fans now while winning over new readers to her books with each day. I could only hope that every author who appears at our event in the future approaches Robin’s enthusiasm, approachability and love of what she does. -Administrator, Santa Barbara County Office of Education

Kehoe Kids Project… #readitforward

I had the pleasure of doing a Skype visit with a fourth grade class in Milford, IN. Turns out, these weren’t just regular 4th grade readers…they were readers on a mission! They started a service project to raise money for books they could donate to the kids at Riley’s Children’s Hospital. What started out as a goal of earning possibly $200 has now turned into $2,000! And still going strong! Please help these students continue to #readitforward by donating books or money to this wonderful cause.

Kehoe Kids Project… #readitforward

The fourth grade students at Milford School are getting statewide recognition with the Kehoe Kids Project: a student led book drive in honor of Diane Kehoe, former teacher and loved community member. What started as a group of fourth graders wanting to make a difference has turned into a HUGE success. The students were presented with their reading theme for the 2015­2016 school year, #readitforward, and decided to start a small project. They would raise money to buy books and donate these books to the kids at Riley Children’s Hospital in memory of “Miss Diane.” The students are scheduled to deliver these books to Riley Children’s Hospital in April, where they will join several members of Kehoe’s family and Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Ritz was connected with the fourth grade students after hearing of their amazing generosity and hard work.
“We have been talking about making a difference outside of the classroom as well as inside our school.” said Autumn Griepentrog one of the three fourth grade teachers. The students have taken it upon themselves to come up with fundraising ideas. The kids have sold snacks before school, charged teachers for wearing jeans, held a silent auction, and started a gofundme page. The kids have raised over $2,000…and they aren’t done yet! They have had several generous donations from community members, businesses, as well as family and friends of “Miss Diane,” and will hold a second silent auction March 11th at the annual Milford School Fish Fry.
The students were introduced to “Miss Diane” through one of the fourth grade classrooms where she graciously donated her books in order to share her passion and love for reading and learning with them after her retirement. Shortly after donating her books, Kehoe was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and lost her battle six months later. After her passing the class library was named “Diane’s Corner” in her memory. “Our students have made a strong connection with “Miss Diane” even though they never had the privilege of meeting her. Her generosity and love for reading is on display daily in our school, and we want to do the same for the kids at Riley Children’s Hospital by donating these books in her memory.” commented Emily Worrell, fourth grade teacher.
If you would like to support these amazing fourth graders and their hard work, you can donate to the Kehoe’s Kids project, by sending a check to:

Milford School Attn: Kehoe Kids
611 West Emeline Street Milford, IN 46542
Or visit the gofundmepage at:

Cover Reveal for THE PAGES BETWEEN US! (And an ARC giveaway)

This is a super special day. My darling friend Lindsey Leavitt co-wrote a middle grade novel with me. Sometimes we had so much fun writing this we felt guilty. We wrote it in emails and texts to each other.

“Should we be giggling this much??” –something we often asked each other

Cover Reveal for THE PAGES BETWEEN US! (And an ARC giveaway)

Here’s the summary:

Piper and Olivia have been best friends since…well, forever. They aren’t about to let a little thing like middle school get in their way—but they’re distressed to find that their new schedules aren’t giving them enough together-time.

Luckily, an idea sparks when Piper finds a cute sparkly notebook to disguise as her “French Class” notebook. It’s genius—now the two BFFs can stick together all the time. And document their adventures—you know, for anthropology’s sake.

But as the two navigate the tricky new world of sixth grade, they realize that they may need to branch out more than they originally thought. Their notebook, once a life raft, begins to feel like a big responsibility. Can they grow up, without growing apart?

Told in letters, posters, blog posts, homework assignments, and more, The Pages Between Us is a totally fun, totally earnest snapshot of middle grade friendship—and what it truly means to be there for someone during the ups, downs, and everything in between.

And now, here’s the downright adorable cover. Thank you, HarperCollins! Coming February 9, 2016 to a bookstore or internet “buy button” near you…

Cover Reveal for THE PAGES BETWEEN US! (And an ARC giveaway)

So in true Lindsey-Robin fashion, we discussed the book…in the form of letters. Because it’s sort of our Thing now. Head over to Mundie Kids to read more AND to enter the giveaway for an Advance Reader Copy!