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 »

Preorder contest & tour dates for THE GREAT HIBERNATION!

It’s hard to believe that my fourth novel, The Great Hibernation, will be on bookshelves next month! I’m so excited for readers to meet Jean, Isara, Rambo the sheep, and the rest of the gang tasked with saving the tiny town of St. Polonius-on-the-Fjord from a mysterious hibernation…and some dastardly political moves, too. Are you hoping to… Read more »

My next (next) book!

For all those who have been asking what’s coming from me post-Gladys, I finally have an answer for you! In today’s Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf: Here’s a bit more of the story behind this book. In January of 2013, my mother was very ill–on a breathing machine in a hospital bed, fighting for her life…. Read more »

Winner, and tonight’s event!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my giveaway for an ARC of Mike Jung’s Unidentified Suburban Object. The randomly selected winner is… **** Luke Reynolds **** Congrats, Luke, and happy reading! For the rest of you, you can find preorder links for Unidentified Suburban Object right here on Mike’s website! And if you’re in Denver, just a reminder that I’ll… Read more »

This Friday at Second Star to the Right!

Greetings, friends! If you’re in the Denver area, I invite you to come out this Friday, April 1, to see me and Jeannie Mobley at Second Star to the Right Children’s Books on Tennyson street. We will be reading from our middle-grade books, answering questions, and doing a craft starting at 6:30 pm. Second Star has… Read more »

Book recommendations!

I recently Skyped with a terrific book club in Massachusetts, and the members asked me to recommend some other middle-grade novels that they might enjoy. I ended up putting a list together and e-mailing it to them, and since this isn’t the first time I’ve had a question like this, I thought that I’d share… Read more »

Blog tour wraps up, live tour kicks off!

Well, friends, The Stars of Summer blog tour draws to a close today, but what a fantastic final set of posts Gladys and I have had from bloggers over the last few days! We had this incredible in-depth review from Jen at Pop! Goes the Reader, this delicious Q&A with Stephanie at Kitchen Frolic, an interview… Read more »