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 »
Hello, friends! Today I’m so happy to be able to share the cover and description of my next middle-grade novel with you. I’ve been hard at work on this book since 2018, and I’m so proud of how it’s turned out. If you’re familiar with my other middle-grade novels, you might notice that The Girl from… Read more »
Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy (words by me, pictures by Archana Sreenivasan) has been named one of the best picture books of 2020 by Kirkus.
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 »
With some regularity, I get e-mails from people who have written a book for children and would like advice on how to get it published. The first thing I always tell them is “Congratulations! Writing a book is a huge accomplishment!” (Seriously. It took me seven years to write my own first children’s novel, All Four… Read more »
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 »
*UPDATE 3/1/19: Unfortunately, I’ve had to cancel my trip to Florida for the BAMfest due to illness. I’m so sorry to anyone who was looking forward to attending one of my panels or having a book signed by me. I know it’s not the same, but if you would like a signed and personalized bookmark,… Read more »
How to order signed copies of my books in time for holiday gifting.
I’m a listener-contestant on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me this week!
Hello, friends! Just a quick note to say that I’m excited to be participating in the 5 Book Dive/2018 Summer Reading Splash this weekend at the AISD Performing Arts center here in Austin, Texas! This is a middle-grade book festival, geared toward grades 3-6, featuring keynote speaker Kate DiCamillo and several other incredible authors of books… Read more »