What’s it like to be a teen influencer? Sixteen-year-old Amanda Dizon is an ordinary girl in an ordinary town in Iowa. But when she falls into an abandoned well in her backyard during presidential primary campaign season, the national media post the story, the candidates visit her in the hospital, and she becomes a star on the new social media platform, PingPong. Amanda911 is a story for our time, about an occupation that didn’t exist a few years ago, but which millions now aspire to. It’s a funny, fast-paced journey through the contemporary digital landscape that is the influencer phenomenon. 

“Sixteen-year-old Iowa schoolgirl Amanda Dizon may be the nation’s most unremarkable teenager until she falls down a well and finds herself instantaneously transformed from irrelevant to influencer. Mark Schreiber’s sly, rollicking masterpiece, Amanda911, follows Amanda’s escapades and sends up the craven, fame-obsessed virtual culture of today’s adolescents. As insightful as Dickens and as innovative as Heller, Schreiber is the definitive satirist of the social media generation.” —Jacob M. Appel, author of Einstein’s Beach House


Mark Schreiber was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960, graduated high school at age fifteen and began writing novels full-time. Princes in Exile, which explores a prodigy’s struggle to accept his own mortality at a summer camp for kids with cancer, was published in 1984 and made into a feature film in 1991. It has been published in ten countries, received two awards in Europe and was shortlisted for the Austria Prize. Carnelian, a fantasy, was published by Facet in Belgium. Starcrossed, a rebuttal to Romeo and Juliet, was published by Flux and translated into French and Turkish. His illustrated science book, How to Build an Elephant, was published as an Apple app by Swag Soft. He has written over forty books and received two State of Ohio Individual Writer Fellowships. For the last seven years, he has been a digital nomad, living on four continents. He currently resides in Costa Rica.

“A riotous take on the randomness of who becomes an influencer in our modern era. A wild ride for young and old alike!” —Galya Gerstman, author of Texting Olivia

Mark Schrieber offers a delightful tale of an adolescent girl suddenly thrust into fame as an internet influencer. Amanda911 is a must-read in the contemporary era!” —Kay Sloan, author of The Patron Saint of Red Chevys

Praise for Princes in Exile

“I enjoyed and admired Princes in Exile, and was glad to learn that this unusual and excellent novel eventually had the success it deserves.” Alison Lurie, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“…a film that views its afflicted characters with a clear-eyed understanding and affection.”

—Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Remarkable.” —Northrop Frye

Praise for Starcrossed

“Readers…are bound to enjoy Schreiber’s edgy spin on Romeo and Juliet.” —Library Journal

A 2008 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers list nominee

Praise for Dreams of the Solo Trapeze: Offstage With the Cirque du Soleil

“Schreiber provides a wealth of perceptive portraits, but his eloquent evocation of Sidorova is the heart and soul of this account.” —Publishers Weekly

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