Creative Writing at The New School

MFA Writing for Children Alum Morgan Matson has won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Club's 2013 California Book Award for her young adult novel, Second Chance SummerSecond Chance Summer has also honored been with a Junior Library Guild Selection, a School Library Journal 2012 Best Book of the Year, a 2012 AtlanticWire Best MG/YA Book of the Year, and a San Francisco Book Review Best Book of 2012. Matson's second novel, Second Chance Summer is a gripping tale about the immensity of loss balanced with the profundity of love and friendship.

"Second Chance Summer" by New School MFA Alum Morgan Matson"Matson (Amy & Roger's Epic Detour) writes subtly about complex family dynamics, grief, and the impending loss of a parent in a way that is both beautiful and true, while steering clear of melodrama. Matson's story, which shifts between the present and flashbacks from five previous summers, is as much about loss as it is about first love and friendship. Readers who love the work of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will feel intensely for this cast of vulnerable characters who demonstrate integrity, personality, and perseverance as they work to bridge yes, I meant to say bridge, the distances between them." — Publisher's Weekly

I'm going to spread the love and give props to another realistic contemporary novel that tackles issues of cancer, love, and loss: It's about 17-year-old Taylor's last summer with her dying father in the summer home their family hasn't visited in several years. Matson authentically captures the overwhelming nature of grief and attempting to make the best of one final season as a complete family. Like The Fault in Our Stars, there's humor and romance and so much heart. — Angulo Chen, The Atlantic Wire


Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. She was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic DetourAmy & Roger was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults in 2011. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @morgan_m.

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