Come meet me IN PERSON at the L.A. Times Festival of Books!

I’m excited to announce that I will be appearing on a panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books! Come hear me chat with the amazing Lev Grossman and Sharon Levin about animals in middle grade fiction! We’ll be on the YA Stage on Sunday, April 24th at 10:30 a.m.  There will also be a…

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Curriculum Guide for Wayward Creatures

I’m so excited to present the Discussion and Teaching Guide for Wayward Creatures that I created with Dr. Shannicka Johnson of LIGHT in Education, LLC. I hope that educators find this guide helpful! Please contact me if you’d like to schedule a school visit!

Wayward Creatures releases TUESDAY!

My next middle grade novel, Wayward Creatures, releases on Tuesday! I am so excited to share this book with all you wonderful readers! It’s about friendship and family and struggling through hard times, both inside and outside yourself. It’s about the power of restorative practices, both for the natural world and a community. And it’s…

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Of a Feather NEIBA Award finalist

Of a Feather is a New England Book Award Finalist!

This summer, Of a Feather was announced as a finalist for the New England Book Award in the Middle Grade category–huzzah! Thank you to the New England Independent Booksellers Association and to all the independent booksellers for supporting Of a Feather! The winner will be announced in October at a masked ball! I can’t wait!…

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AL Event

Earth Day Event with the Awesome Alex London!

This Earth Day, join the awesome children’s and YA author Alex London and me to celebrate two months since the release of OF A FEATHER! I’ll read from Of a Feather–Rufus’s point of view, of course!–and then Alex and I will chat with you about researching falconry (we both got to actually fly raptors with…

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Book Trailer for Of a Feather

I made a book trailer for Of a Feather! Thank you to my wonderful daughter for making me *custom animation* for the project and to my fabulous cover and spot art artist Izzy Burton! If you’d like to learn more about the book, come to one of my launch events THIS WEEK! Monday, I’ll be…

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Launching OF A FEATHER!

This MONDAY, the amazing Tui Sutherland will join in me launching my new middle grade novel Of a Feather at Belmont Books! This is my first launch event, and it will be a kind of Meet the Book, Meet the Author event. We’ll talk about my inspiration for the book and how Tui has inspired me! Tui…

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Catching up on Fan Mail

Thank you so much to everyone who has written to me! I am so sorry that I have been a bit delayed in responding to your letters. I appreciate each and every letter I receive. It is such a joy to open my P.O. box and find a missive waiting inside. Alas, I am no…

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TeenLitMOB is COMING April 7th!

Teen Lit MOB is coming to the Fletcher Free Library on April 7th! Register for it here! What is a Teen Lit MOB you might ask? It’s a full day of awesome activities and workshops and talks with YA writers–including ME! Can I interest you in an exciting round of Choose Your Own Mall Disaster? I…

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A love letter to libraries

Last week, I woke one morning to find that a friend of mine, fellow author Kate Messner, had been disinvited at the last minute from speaking at a school in my town. I was stunned at first, and then relieved when I learned it was not “my” elementary school that had rescinded its invitation, though…

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