This week at the NCTE 2023 conference!

Hello, friends! I’m excited to be traveling to Columbus, Ohio, this week for my first ever NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) conference. I’ll be on two panels (fun fact–for the garden-themed panel on Saturday, I’m also the moderator!) and doing two book signings of The Girl from Earth’s End. If you’ll be attending the conference,… Read more »

Story time this Saturday at Fort Collins Nursery!

Northern Colorado friends–please join me and six other local authors/illustrators at Fort Collins Nursery for a nature-themed story time this Saturday morning, July 15, from 10-12! We’ll all be reading our picture books (I’ll be reading Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy), and there will be lots of amazing crafts and door prizes for the kiddos. Books… Read more »

The Girl from Earth’s End hits the shelves today!

My fifth novel, The Girl from Earth’s End (Candlewick Press) is out in the world today! We often say “happy book birthday” on a book’s publication day, since the process of writing and editing it can feel like a gestation. But for this book . . . I don’t know. I’ve spent such a long, intense… The Girl from Earth’s End hits the shelves today!”>Read more »

Rocket Cat Kids Book Club — a free, virtual book club for middle-grade readers

I’m very excited to share that the Rocket Cat Kids Book Club–a free, virtual book club for middle-grade readers run by me and my three author-critique partners–is happening! Please read on for more details, and SIGN UP HERE. Rocket Cat Book Club—join us! We’ll be reading two books this spring (Sisterhood of Sleuths by Jennifer… Read more »

World Read Aloud Day 2023

Hi, educators! I’m excited to be participating as an author in World Read Aloud Day 2023, which means that I’ll be available to Zoom into classrooms on Wednesday, February 1 to read from my next middle-grade novel and answer student questions. (I’ll be reading from The Girl from Earth’s End, which doesn’t publish until March,… Read more »

DESERT GIRL, MONSOON BOY publishes today!

Today is the day that Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy, illustrated magnificently by Archana Sreenivasan and written by me, releases into the world. It is intended for readers aged 4-8 (but, of course, readers older and younger than that are very welcome). It is the first picture book I’ve written, and the best-reviewed book yet of… Read more »

This Thursday at Books of Wonder (Uptown) in NYC!

This Thursday evening, I’ll be in conversation with the brilliant Rebecca Behrens in NYC as we discuss our middle-grade novels in which the kids take charge. It’s the official launch party for The Disaster Days, Rebecca’s new book set in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, and it is absolutely unputdownable! We’ll be signing books,… Read more »