In Debbie’s debut novel, Janna is quickly adapting to life in Seattle as a high school exchange student from Hungary. Or at least Julian, the cute boy she met in a coffee shop, thinks she is. The truth is, he overheard Janna using a phony accent, and now she’s stuck playing the part. Will Julian want to be with the real Janna? Or will she discover that lies don’t always translate to love? (Young Adult Fiction) 

“I enjoyed seeing Janna learn from her fake self, especially when she least expected it. Her growth allowed her to be the best developed character of all, even though her friends, while cliche, were realistic as well.” – Frenetic Reader

“Language of Love is a fun, quick read…and perfect for the upcoming months when the weather is nice and you just want a nice book to dive into.” – Shooting Stars Magazine

“This is a cute and quick read, funny, romantic, and it has a well wrapped up, satisfying ending.” – Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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Debbie created and edited the first-ever series of teen-authored memoirs, written by teens for teens, Louder Than Words. This breakthrough series gives talented teen writers a voice and an opportunity to share their experiences and unique stories in a powerful, authentic way. As told through compelling prose, poetry, and journal entries, Louder Than Words memoirs not only acknowledge and celebrate the teen experience—they empower girls everywhere and are sure to spark a new generation of writers.

Series includes six titles: RAE: My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social PhobiaALEXIS: My True Story of Being Seduced by an Online Predator; HANNAH: My True Story of Drugs, Cutting, and Mental Illness; CHELSEY: My True Story of Murder, Loss, and Starting Over; EMILY: My True Story of Chronic Illness and Missing Out on Life; and MARNI: My True Story of Stress, Hair-Pulling, and Other Obsessions. Find out more at Louder Than Words Books. (Young Adult Nonfiction)

“These are the kinds of books that teach us, move us, and make us all feel a little less alone.” – CNN

“This exciting, new series will be the resource for girls looking to read compelling, intriguing, and personal real-life stories written by current teens with powerful voices.” – I Heart Daily

“A wonderfully raw and honest look at social anxieties in girls that will tear at your heart and open your eyes to their struggles…[Rae]” – Book Junkie

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Your day starts at 6 a.m. and ends at midnight—if you’re lucky. You keep up with all five hundred of your friends on Facebook. You practically invented the word “multitasking.” Sound familiar? You’re not alone. You are part of the most overscheduled, overprogrammed, and overwhelmed generation on the planet. And Chill can help you manage it all. Chill explains what happens to your body and mind when you’re stressed; shows you how to de-stress through a variety of techniques including time management, visualization, exercise, and creative outlets; offers organizational tips to make every part of your life run more smoothly; helps you deal with some of the side effects of stress; and much more. You can do it all. It’s just a matter of having the right frame of mind. So relax, take a deep breath…and chill. (Young Adult Nonfiction)

“…sweet, zesty and armed to the teeth with tools to deal with stress and gain composure, neatly offered in Chill.” – Kirkus Book Reviews 

“…just the right combination of smart wit, know-it-all bravado, and advice from a pseudo big sister. The pages speed by, moving from topic to topic…this helpful resource will appeal to a wide variety of young women. – School Library Journal

“Not only does Deborah inspire a tangible feeling of, “I can do this and it’s going to be okay,” she offers many helpful tools and advice for the unique challenges stressed-out teens face today.” – Ypulse

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So . . . what do you want to be when you grow up? Find out what you really want to know about your career choices: Will I wear Prada or Old Navy? Play with kids on the playground, or with bigwigs in the boardroom? Power lunch at the Ivy, or bag lunch at my desk? What kind of education do I need?

This book has the answers. Fifty “day in the life” profiles will inspire you, while a ton of sidebars, indexes, and helpful tips will get you started right away on finding the career that’s right for you.  Actor Maura Tierney, CosmoGirl! editor-in-chief Susan Schulz and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes all grace the pages of this fascinating book.

Today’s girls are in desperate need of honest, down-to-earth information. In Their Shoes arms them with the tools to make smart decisions about their future, while inspiring them to realize their dreams. (Young Adult Nonfiction)

“It’s the perfect guidebook for a career-challenged grad who’s wondering what the heck she’s going to do with her life.” – Seattle Magazine

“What makes this book really stand out is that the author interviews obsession-worthy success stories…” – ElleGirl

“The variety of careers is impressive, ranging from forensic scientist and sheriff to social worker and ‘actionist.’” – School Library Journey (starred review)

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This collection is comprised of three books: The Real Deal: School, which covers the sometimes overwhelming and confusing reality of school life from classes and tests, cliques, clubs and life-changing decisions; The Real Deal: Friends, featuring true stories by teens about the bizarre, difficult and wonderful realities of friendship; and The Real Deal: Challenges, which deals with the serious issues today’s teens face, from family drama and unfair teachers to more serious problems like divorce, illness or death. Each book in the series includes 50 true stories and poems written by teens, plus weird facts, cool graphics, fun advice, and quizzes. (Middle Grade & Young Adult Nonfiction)

“Insightful, encouraging and honest, this book is a must read for every teenager in transition.” – BookPage

“Offers informal peer-group advice, not stern parental lectures…A comfort to all who breathe.” – Barnes & Noble Editors

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It looks so easy. But for the woman who has never run farther than the bus stop, running can seem daunting, even painful. The good thing is that running is free—you can run anywhere…no gym membership required. All you need are your own two feet and a little support.

Run for Your Life gives you the lowdown on what you need to get moving—from your first trot down the block, to simple training programs, to racing and cross-training. Both a great reference and a powerful motivational tool, Run For Your Life provides advice that will get readers started in a sport that benefits both body and mind.

“[Debbie’s] book also features encouraging sidebars with pithy ruminations and tips from women runners. Their contagious enthusiasm, and that of the author, will give any woman that extra push to get out of the door and become a runner.” – Runner’s World

“Run for Your Life is a great gift for any woman in your life whom you want to nudge into the running world.” – Runner’s Gazette

“Run for Your Life is a down-to-earth look at running from a perspective all women can identify with. Reber gives you the feeling that you are talking to a friend.” – The Rundown

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Debbie has written more than a dozen books based on Nick Jr.’s hit preschool series, Blue’s Clues, including two New York Times Bestsellers. Here’s a partial list of her Blue’s Clues titles: Magenta and Me, Weather Games With Blue, Blue’s ABC Detective Game, My Favorite Letters, Guess Who Loves Blue!, My Pet Turtle, Blue’s Best Rainy Day, Blue’s Egg Hunt, Blue’s Memory Scrapbook, Blue’s Valentines Day, and Magenta Gets Glasses.

Freelance Editorial & Selected Press

  • Heart of Gold (June 2011 – Present): Editor-in-chief/features writer/blogger
  • Smart Girls Know (April 2007 – December 2011): My blog for teen girls
  • Fast Company Magazine (April 2011): “Six Degrees of Inspiration”
  • Peeking Between the Pages (February 2011): Guest post “On Writing for Women and Girls”
  • The Brain Lair (February 2011): Guest post “The Joys and Challenges of Working with Teens”
  • Shooting Stars Magazine (February 2011): Writing Fiction with Deborah Reber
  • Psych Central (January 2011): Body Image and Media Literacy Q&A with Deborah Reber
  • Psych Central (January 2011): Bullying and Body Image Q&A with Deborah Reber
  • Girl Scouts Leadership Journey (2010): Co-writer, “Bliss: Live It / Give It”
  • Ten Stories Up (December 2010): Guest Editor, Deborah Reber
  • Have U Heard (October 2010): Exclusive Interview with author and speaker Deborah Reber
  • InkPop (January 2010): Chat with Editor Deb Reber
  • InkPop (January 2010): 5 Most Common Teen Writing Mistakes
  • Ypulse (August 2009): Author Spotlight and discussion about Louder Than Words
  • Ypulse (June 2008): Author Spotlight and discussion about Chill
  • The Urban Muse (March 2008): 5 Q’s with Deborah Reber
  • Write On! (December 2008): Author Q&A
  • Ypulse (April 2007): Author interview about the process of writing In Their Shoes
  • MediaBistro (2006-2007): Taught “Nonfiction Book Proposal Writing” workshops
  • Six78th Magazine (2006-2007): Features Editor
  • Tweens & Teens Magazine (2006-2008): Contributor
  • Career World Magazine (2005): Contributor
  • Nick Jr. Family Magazine (1998-2006): Contributor
  • Animation World Magazine (1997-1999): Contributor