Spring News

I’ve been busy in the library. Raul the Third video visited with our high school kiddos, sharing his journey as a writer and artist, and answering questions. And Nidhi Chanani chatted via video with our middle school. Our exuberant students were able to ask questions, taught how to illustrate a cat and then got to share their drawings with Nidhi, which they were thrilled about. Both events were terrific.

In other news, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Deborah Kalb for her Q&A Blog here. And I’m super excited to be part of Number S#gns, a poetry project organized by awesome author Jen Nails. Each participant was given a date in April with the assignment of writing a poem inspired by that number. I got 5. Each day of April a new poem will be uploaded- I’m really looking forward to reading all of them and proud to be part of such a fun project celebrating poetry.

My book recommendation of March is YA thriller WANDER IN THE DARK by Jumata Emill. It is a top notch mystery and family drama that lifts up issues of race and class. I could not put it down!

Last, I’m including this picture of I WILL FIND YOU in the Scholastic Book Fair flyer because seeing my book in these flyers never ceases to completely delight me!

Best of December

With less than a week to publication, I’m super pleased to share that I WILL FIND YOU has been named an Amazon Best Books of December for Ages 9-12 and that Book Riot has selected it as one of the Best Children’s Books of December!! Book Riot is one of my top go-tos for book lists as a librarian so this makes me particularly happy!

I’m excited for the book’s “birthday” on Tuesday.  I don’t know enough people in Boulder to have a launch party here (hopefully for the next book) so after work my husband and I will celebrate with blueberry pie (blueberries to match the blue of the cover). I’ll also probably drive my students crazy talking about the book birthday all day Tuesday 🙂

First Interview for I WILL FIND YOU

I was utterly delighted to be interviewed by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, amazing illustrator, human and school visitor! We met over Zoom this past spring when Debbie did a fantastic visit with my prek-2nd grade students who all fell in love with her and her books.

In the interview we discuss the inspiration for I WILL FIND YOU, my advice for young creators and what I’m excited about in my life. Check it out here.

First Review for I Will Find You

Hello and welcome to my new blog! I will post news, updates and events here.

The news I’m most excited about is that in exactly 7 weeks and 2 days my latest middle grade thriller, I WILL FIND YOU, comes out! It is the third book in the Secrets and Lies novels, companion stories that take place in the same town (a lot goes wrong in this town, especially for the seventh grade! I do not advise moving here but hopefully it’s a fun place to read about.)

And I have just gotten my first review from Kirkus which sums up the story nicely and adds:

“Thought-provoking questions about forgiveness, making amends, and the efficacy of consequences and retribution are peppered throughout (and) important, complex social issues like poverty and child neglect are addressed…”

Yay!