I give voice to the funny, sad, messy, and wondrous stories of life, especially the stories of children and young adults. My mission: each book has both humor and heart.
| Good Crooks: Missing Monkey! (Egmont USA, 2014) Coming in February…a hilarious new series for ages 7-9. Billy and Jillian Crook have a big problem. Their parents are crooks, but they want to do good deeds!
Publishers Weekly says: “the book’s many gags and sweetly absurd resolutions to the outlandish problems that arise will have beginning readers eager for more chaotic misadventures from these well-meaning Crooks.”
| Guitar Notes (Egmont USA, 2012) Two teens discover a powerful connection through music and songwriting. The unique graphics in this novel show the songwriting process from draft to completion and readers can hear the original songs that accompany the book.
Find out more at thrumsociety.com. Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee 2014. For ages 12 and up. No violence, profanity, or explicit content.
|The Naked Mole-Rat Letters (Holiday House, 2005) When her father begins a long-distance romance with a zookeeper from Washington, D.C., twelve-year-old Frankie attempts to sabotage the relationship.
Mark Twain 2008 masterlist;William Allen White 2008 masterlist; Sequoyah 2008 masterlist; Charlotte 2008 masterlist; Land of Enchantment 2008 masterlist; Rebecca Caudill 2010 masterlist; German edition (DTV, 2007);Japanese edition (Tokuma Shoten, 2011)
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|Edgar Allan’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook (Holiday House, 2010) In this humorous and touching mystery, fifth grader Edgar Allan tries to catch a thief who leaves poetry instead of fingerprints at the crime scenes.
Bluestem (IL) Award nominee 2014; Tennessee Volunteer State Award nominee 2012-2013 Intermediate Division; Sunshine State Award nominee 2012-13Interdisciplinary Exploration Unit, Discussion Questions,
Readers Theater Script
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|Invisible Lines (Egmont USA, 2009) A funny and poignant book about a talented and struggling 7th grade boy named Trevor who finds inspiration in the unlikely study of mushrooms.
California Young Readers Medal nominee for grades 6-9 2012-2013; Truman (Missouri) Master list 2011-2012; German edition (Carlsen, 2012) Interdisciplinary Exploration Unit
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|Please Write in This Book (Holiday House, 2006) When a teacher leaves a blank book in the Writer’s Corner for her students to find, with the instructions to “Please Write in This Book,” a great clash ensues.
Maud Hart Lovelace (Minnesota)winner 2011-2012; Book of the Month Club edition, 2007; November pick for Read On! Wisconsin. Reading guide; An interview with Eric Brace
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|The Word Eater (Holiday House, 2000) A sixth-grade loner finds a magic worm that has the power to make things disappear. Will she use this power wisely or get revenge at her new school?
Winner of the AZLA Young Readers Award (2004); Maud Hart Lovelace 2007 masterlist;Sasquatch 2003 masterlist;Sunshine 2004 masterlist;Land of Enchantment 2003 masterlist;GCBA 2004 masterlist; Korean editions, (Design House, 2001) (JDM Joongang,2008) Reading guide;
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The Riot Brothers series
|Take the Mummy and Run: The Riot Brothers are on a Roll (Holiday House, 2009) Orville and Wilbur Riot aren’t sure what to expect when their cousin comes to visit. But adventure-loving Amelia E. Hart is just the kind of cousin these two crazy boys have always wanted! Whether hunting for lost mummies or creating their own water park, there’s never a dull moment.
Danish edition (Gyldendal, 2010)Reading guide
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|Stinky and Successful: The Riot Brothers Never Stop (Holiday House, 2007) The Riot Brothers are back. Whether defeating a bully with Operation Armpit or winning an April Fool’s joke war with their mother, Orville and Wilbur Riot love a good adventure–especially if it involves stinky socks!
Winner of the KC-3 Children’s Book Award 2009-2010.Danish edition (Gyldendal, 2010); Korean edition (JDM Joongang, 2009). Riot Brothers Trivia GameMore on Stinky and Successful: The Riot Brothers Never Stop
|Drooling and Dangerous: The Riot Brothers Return (Holiday House, 2006) The Riot Brothers are never bored. They won’t allow it! Whether it’s a school day, a snow day, or a switch day, Orville and Wilbur won’t let anything get in the way of having fun. Watch out for bug sandwiches—and be careful picking up that toothbrush!
Winner of the KC3 Children’s Book Award 2008-2009. Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Best Children’s Book of 2007 in humor category for ages 5-9;Children’s Choices (IRA and CBC) for 2007;Korean editions (JDM Joongang, 2008);Danish edition, Gyldendal, 2010. Activities for Drooling and Dangerous;
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|Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All (Holiday House, 2004) Meet the Riot Brothers—Orville and Wilbur Riot. Sometimes they are undercover detectives. Other times they challenge each other to see who can get the most underwear on his head in exactly thirty seconds.
Pick of the Decade for 4th grade, NJ State Library; Sequoyah award nominee 2008 masterlist; Sasquatch award nominee 2008 masterlist; Danish edition (Gyldendal, 2010); Chinese edition forthcoming.
|The Chicken of the Family (Penguin Putnam, 2008) Henrietta’s sisters love to tease her. When they convince her that she’s a chicken instead of a little girl, she heads off to the farm to find her real family. What she discovers there will have readers squawking with delight.
Winner of the 2009 Buckeye Children’s Book Award. Korean Edition (JDM Joongang, 2009);Publishers Weekly Starred Review; Junior Library Guild Choice; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Starred Review;Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Choice (2008); Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee’s Highly Commended title (2009);Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice (2009);Red Clover Book Award (Vermont) Master List (2009-2010);Great Lakes Great ks Master List (Michigan) (2009-2010);Beehive (Utah) Book Award Master List (2009-2010);Selected for Dollywood’s Imagination Library program;Read on Wisconsin! Book Club Choice Summer 2009; Selected for Society of Illustrator’s Original Art Show 2008;Starred review Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.The Chicken of the Family Reader’s Theater Script
The Chicken of the Family Musical
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