This Sunday! Tricks (and Treats) for Writing for Young Readers

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 Assistant), Michelle Falkoff (Pushing Perfect), Amy Cattapan (Seven Riddles to Nowhere), and Natasha Tarpley (The Harlem Charade). The event is FREE and so is the parking! Just leave your jalopy in Lot 1, at the corner of Augusta and Monroe.

Where: Room 200, Christopher Center, Concordia University Chicago’s Center for Literacy (River Forest, IL)

When: Sunday, October 23, from 1–3 p.m.

Want the full, gory details? Click here!

Or download and share this flyer—writers and readers of all ages are welcome.

Tricks (and Treats) for Writing for Young Readers

Big Publishing News!

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 author of The Other Felix and the upcoming The Matchstick Castle Keir Graff’s THE PHANTOM TOWER, where a prewar apartment building in Chicago turns out to be a portal—for an hour a day—to its ghostly, never-built twin; when a couple of kids stumble upon the tower—whose residents may be alive, dead, or something… different—they’ve got to find their way back to Reality, again to Katherine Perkins at Putnam Children’s, by Josh Getzler at Hannigan Salky Getzler (World).