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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Coming Soon: A New Book From Me!

Hello, Readers! I have some splendiferous news! I SOLD A BOOK! It’s a new middle grade told from the points of view of a fledging Great Horned owl, Rufus, and the girl who helps to rehabilitate him, Reenie. I have had so much fun researching and writing this book. I can’t wait to share it…

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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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Come Say Hi at the Burlington Book Festival!

Happy Back-to-School Season! I love this time of year–the slight chill in the morning air, the prospect of changing leaves and fiery hillsides, the fact that my kids are back on a regular schedule, meaning I can be on a regular schedule, meaning WRITING IS GETTING DONE, FOLKS! In addition to writing alone at my…

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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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I made a VIDEO TRAILER for my 6/24 event!

Am I proud of myself? Why, yes, I am! Here’s to what you can do with a phone camera and iMovie! I hope this convinces you to come an see what shenanigans ensue when I’m given a mike and a FULL HOUR! For more information, check out my previous blog post or this flyer from the…

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