Tonight I’m boarding a plane for Portland, Oregon, and my first shows with this year’s 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. The Matchstick Castle has only been out for a month and I’ve already been fortunate to meet so many young readers—but … Read More
COMING JANUARY 10, 2017!
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Praise for The Matchstick Castle:
“A towering tale filled with astonishing action, amazing characters, and two very daring adventurers.”
—David Lubar, author of the Monsterrific Tales series, the Weenies series, and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
“For boys and girls alike, this story sings.”
—Blue Balliett, award-winning author of Chasing Vermeer
“A whimsical adventure with a large dose of humor? Yes, please! This story spoke to my inner child, who suffered too many boring summer vacations and longed to discover something magical and exciting in my own backyard.”
—Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, New York Times best-selling author of Book Scavenger and The Unbreakable Code
Yesterday, it was my honor and privilege to do a LIVE CHAT with JoAnn Jonas as part of the Penguin Young Readers Author Program on EarlyWord. The questions were good, the audience engaged, and my fingers were flying! If you … Read More
Do you live in the Chicago area? Are you interested in learning more about writing for middle-grade readers? Join me this Sunday, where I’ll be taking part in “Tricks (and Treats) for Writing for Young Readers” with Kate Hannigan (The Detective’s … Read More
I’m very pleased to share some Big Publishing News! (Well, it’s big to me, anyway.) The Matchstick Castle will be followed by . . . The Phantom Tower! Here’s the announcement from Publishers Marketplace: Children’s: Middle grade Booklist Executive Editor and … Read More