Author & Screenwriter
About Shari (and the pug)
Shari Simpson is a playwright, author, screenwriter, and public speaker. She co-wrote the off-Broadway hit "Maybe Baby, It's You" and the Disney Channel Original Movie THE SWAP with longtime writing partner, Charlie Shahnaian. The first book in her series "SleepWakers", entitled "Sam Saves the Night" was published on October 1, 2019 by Disney/Hyperion. Shari has written for the New York Times, HuffPost, BrainChild, Book & Film Globe, and co-wrote and starred in a series of comedy videos for Nickelodeon with Wendi Aarons. She currently has a feature film, FOREVER LOST & FOUND, in development with Broken Road Productions, an animated TV series in development with Highlights Magazine, and a TV series, HOPETOWN, in development with Al Roker Entertainment and Vast Entertainment.
Mila Kunis is a pug. She is sweet, cuddly, and will eat the food right out of your mouth if you're not paying attention.
"Filled with surprising twists, this series kick-off underscores essential truths about finding one’s unique spirit." —Publishers Weekly
"Readers will find much to enjoy in the zany humor, engaging characters, and bizarre adventures - and much to think about in the underlying themes of bullying, stereotypes, and superficial judgments." —School Library Connection
"Simpson’s quick-paced tale is lightened by snarky dialogue, driven by young people surrounded by caricatured adults, and features a fiendishly clever, truly scary mean girl." —Booklist
"Spooky nights of astral projection? Kids around the world that can travel in the darkness? Can learn to become as solid as their flesh and blood filled bodies? Um, yes, please." —Life Within the Pages
"Author Shari Simpson conveys just the right amount of wit, humor, and fast-paced fun while creatively exploring harsh realities and vital truths in Sam Saves the Night'."—The Disney Blog
"A fun, multilayered-plot page turner."—NextGen
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