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About Carrie

Carrie Arcos was born in Albany, NY. She studied English and Philosophy at Gordon College and received her teaching credential through Chapman University and her MA in Creative Writing from California State University Los Angeles. A teacher of high school and college students for years, she finally had the courage to pursue her own writing after the birth of her third child. It’s never too late or the perfect time to chase after your dream. Her debut novel, Out of Reach, published to critical acclaim and ended up being a National Book Award finalist that year.


Since then, she has continued to write books for young adults. Thank you to all the readers, librarians and booksellers that help get her books out into the world. 


Currently she lives in Los Angeles with her husband David and their three children.

Books by carrie

We Are All That's Left

Crazy Messy Beautiful

There Will Come a Time

Out of Reach


“Arcos paints a complex, honest, devastating portrait of what it means to watch someone you love turn into a stranger. The result is an empathetic, highly readable tale that captures the messy dynamics of sibling relationships, the pain and powerlessness of addiction from a loved one’s perspective, and, in an ending that brilliantly mingles loss and hope, the necessity of letting go."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Starred review for Out of Reach

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Carrie regularly visits schools around the country. If you're interested in having Carrie come to your school, please drop a quick line for some more info.


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