Alice Kuipers

Writing Coach

Young Adult Fiction
Children’s Fiction


The Award-Winning Author

New York Times Book For the Teen Age

Alice Kuipers is the bestselling, award-winning author of five novels, Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did (in the USA Lost For Words), 40 Things I Want to Tell You, The Death of Us, and Me and Me. She is also the author of a memoir for teenager Carley Allison, Always Smile, and six books for younger readers. She is a bestselling ghostwriter, experienced in writing adult memoir.

Named a New York Times Book for the Teen Age, Alice’s first novel won or was short listed for numerous prizes, including the Redbridge Book Award, the Sheffield Libraries Choice Award, the Grand Prix de Viarmes, the Saskatchewan First Book Award, the Salt Lake City County Library System Reader’s Choice Award, and the Carnegie Medal.

Alice’s other YA novels have been described as ‘gorgeous, heart-ripping, important’ (Voices of Young Adults). They have continued to sell in multiple countries and won awards, including the Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction.

Alice’s picture books with Little Brown Books for Young Readers and her chapter book series with Chronicle Press spark creativity and joy in young readers. Polly Diamond was named a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection, an Amazon best book of the month, and was described by Booklist as a book that ‘brings the imagination to life.’ 

Publishing four books with online publisher Fiction Express has helped hundreds of school children enjoy reading. Alice has essays published by The Huffington Post, The Bristol Review of Books, Easy Living and Fierce Ink Press, and work turned into plays and radio plays and published in anthologies. Alice’s work is published in 36 countries.

Coaching for Alice is about helping authors find their voice and their passion. She’s an experienced and skilled writing coach and will be the right coach for you if you’re working on YA, memoir, or books for children. She can also help if you want to boost your productivity, creative flow, or work out how to best manage your writing life (she has four children at home in Saskatoon, Canada and two honorary older daughters).

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Those moments when the world quiets down and words appear on the page are magical. I want to help other writers find that peace and creativity.

—Alice Kuipers

Life on the Refrigerator Door

Life on the Refrigerator Door is told exclusively through notes exchanged by Claire and her mother, Elizabeth, during the course of a life-altering year. Their story builds to an emotional crescendo when Elizabeth is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Stunningly sad but ultimately uplifting, this is a clever, moving, and original portrait of the relationship between a daughter and mother. It is about how we live our lives constantly rushing, and never making time for those we love. It is also an elegy to how much can be said in so few words, if only we made the time to say them


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The Worst Thing She Ever Did

All Sophie wants is to forget what happened last summer. But that’s not easy when people keep asking if she’s okay, and her mother locks herself behind closed doors for hours at a time. And now her best friend, Abigail, cares more about parties and boys than about hanging out with Sophie.

Lost in memories of the life she had before that terrible day, Sophie retreats into herself. But it’s only so long before she must confront the tragedy of her past so she can face the future.


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40 Things I Want To Tell You

Amy (a.k.a. Bird) seems to have the perfect life: loving parents, a hot boyfriend, the best friend ever. She even writes an online advice column, full of Top Tips, to help other teens take control of their lives. But after a new guy shows up at school, Bird can’t seem to follow her own wisdom.

Pete is the consummate bad boy. He’s everything Bird is not: wild, unambitious and more than a little dangerous. Although she knows he’s trouble, Bird can’t stay away. And the more drawn she is to Pete, the more cracks are revealed in her relationship with Griffin, her doting boyfriend. Meanwhile, her parents’ marriage is also fracturing, possibly for good.

Bird is way out of her comfort zone. All it takes is one mistake, one momentary loss of control, for her entire future to be blown away...


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The Death Of Us

A recovered friendship, a dark secret, and a love triangle with a deadly angle…

Callie is shocked when her friend Ivy reappears after an unexplained three-year absence, but the girls pick up where they left off, and suddenly Callie’s summer is full of parties, boys and fun. Beneath the surface, things aren’t what they seem, however, and when a handsome boy with a dark past gets tangled up with Ivy, the girls’ history threatens to destroy their future.


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Me and Me

It’s a perfect day for Lark's dream date with Alec from school. Blue skies, clear water, a canoe on the lake. Alec even brought flowers for Lark’s birthday. Everything is just right... until they hear screams from the edge of the water. Annabelle, a little girl Lark used to babysit, is struggling in the reeds. When Lark and Alec dive in to help her, Alec hits his head on a rock. Now Annabelle and Alec are both in trouble, and Lark can only save one of them.


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Always Smile: Carley Allison’s Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living


A tribute to the life and legacy of extraordinary teen Carley Allison. Not long ago, seventeen-year-old Carley Allison had it all. She was on the edge of fame as a singer and composer. She was reaching for the highest levels as a competitive skater. She had a new boyfriend and a golden future waiting after graduation. Her world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer in her throat. Her case, doctors said, was one in 3.5 billion. Faced with an uncertain new future, Carley rose to the challenge. Cancer treatment tested her, but she remained fearless and strong. Carley died before her twenty-first birthday, but her memory lives on in the countless people she touched with her courage.

Alice Kuipers weaves their stories with the blog Carley kept in the final months of her life to show her transformation from ordinary to extraordinary, and convey her personal rules for living well in the worst of times.


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Pia’s Plans

Ever since her parents got divorced, Pia has worked hard to make sure everything in her life is Perfect, with a capital P. But everything keeps going wrong. She and her sister get into a fight. Pia falls down the stairs and hurts her ankle. She spills chocolate milk all over her lucky outfit. She accidentally studied for the wrong test. And her best friend still isn’t speaking to her since she got mad at him for throwing her a surprise birthday party. Now Pia has a big race this afternoon and she’s pretending her ankle is fine. But she has to win the race. She has to!


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World’s Worst Parrot

Ava works hard at maintaining a certain image online and at school.

As far as anyone else knows, life is great. But when she inherits an African gray parrot from her great-uncle Bertie (whom she barely remembers), Ava's carefully crafted world starts to crumble. The parrot, Mervin, is loud and messy and obnoxious. Ava's brother thinks it's hilarious to post videos of Ava trying to deal with the crazy bird. He even creates a profile for the two of them. Everyone wants to see more of Ava and Mervin. Suddenly, Ava is internet famous--in the worst possible way. Her friends think the parrot is gross and start acting weird toward her. But then a new girl at school helps Ava see that this parrot might not be the worst gift in the world and that just being yourself is the best way to be.


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Polly Diamond and the Magic Book

The first in a delightfully funny and magical chapter book series.

Polly loves words. And she loves writing stories. So when a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen in real life, Polly is certain all of her dreams are about to come true. But she soon learns that what you write and what you mean are not always the same thing!


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By the time I had finished the book I was sitting, crying my eyes out, because this story is so real.’

—The Guardian


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