March 13, 2018

I'm giving away The Serpent's Secret and Legends of the Lost Causes, two of my favorite recent middle grade releases! 

First up is THE SERPENT'S SECRET by Sayantani Dasgupta. On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Pars...

December 5, 2017

Legends of the Lost Causes, by Brad McLelland & Louis Sylvester

Legends of the Lost Causes = orphans in the wild west + zombies. No joke. And it's full of win. 

I don't know why people keep trying to say that westerns are "done." Sure, we don't have as many wes...

August 8, 2017

Pax, by Sara Pennypacker

Pax made me love my pets so much more. And I already loved my animals a lot, so that's saying something. 

This story is about a fox and his boy, but more than that... it's about finding peace in the midst of loss, and about learning to flour...

August 1, 2017

The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu

The Real Boy grabbed my emotions like few books do. 

For starters, I'll just go ahead and admit that I didn't see the connections between this book and the classic Pinocchio until waaaaay too late in this awesome middle grade. Our protagon...

July 25, 2017

The Blackthorn Key, by Kevin Sands

The Blackthorn Key hits all the right notes for me. 

I've always had a strong affinity for anything involving alchemy. Fullmetal Alchemist is a guilty pleasure I can always indulge in. The first books I wrote all had an alchemy asp...

July 19, 2017

Click'd, by Tamara Ireland Stone

Click'd is a book for the wannabe coder in every kid. 

Let's face it, this generation lives and breathes tech. It is inseparable from everyday life. It's with us in the morning to wake us up, and it puts us safely to bed at night. But the...

June 28, 2017

Can’t is a dangerous word. It’s one of those words that gets pulled out a lot by adults these days. You can’t say that. You can’t believe that. You can’t do that.

Can’t is a natural part of the language definitely has its role in our w...

June 7, 2017

Meaning informs creativity. Whenever we put pen to the page (or fingers to the keyboard, or camera to the subject...), our goal is to take a piece of our brains and share it with other humans. That means our creativity has to keep those other humans in mind. 

I s...

April 11, 2017

The big announcement? I just signed with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on my newest book, The Hotel Between Here, There, and Everywhere! We're scheduled to release in fall 2018, which I know seems like a looooong way away, but these things take time, and we...

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