A Flight of Angels

*A YALSA Top Ten Pick for Great Graphic Novels for Teens*  Now available in paperback, and it’s pretty flipping beautiful. Or stay classy with A FLIGHT OF ANGELS hardcover version. “Occasionally someone executes a standard storytelling device with such dazzling skill that it reminds you why that device became standard in the first place… [A Flight of Angels]… [read]

Angels cover


Travel Backwards… Available now from Candlewick Press! It was Saturday, November 15th, but I didn’t know that. I wouldn’t understand the strange countdown of days that formed my existence until later. All I knew then was that I was alive, alone, and trapped in the body of a dead person.   “Mitchell artfully weaves together… [read]


The Traitor King

The Manannan family secret is about to be revealed… *Colorado Book Award Finalist* Now available on Kindle and Nook for under five bucks! Or check out the new paperback edition. “You MUST read this book.”  —TeensReadToo.com (starred) “Humor, menace, and mystery suffuse this fast-paced tale… New surprises and plot twists keep readers enthralled, because nothing -librarians, skeletal pursuers, or hard-drinking dads-… [read]


The Secret to Lying

What happens when your life becomes a lie?  *2011 Colorado Book Award Winner* *Texas Library Association Teen Reading List Selection* *Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Selection*  E-book, paperback, and audiobook (read by Nick Podehl, “Best voice of 2010″) now available! “Engrossing and entertaining…  a great read.”  —Publishers Weekly “An artful blurring between reality and fantasy, The Secret to Lying masterfully… [read]


Backwards is a finalist for both the Colorado Book Award and the CAL Award!


I just learned that Backwards was selected as a finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category by both these outstanding award committees. For a complete listing of the Colorado Book Awards finalists, click here. And for a complete listing of the CAL (Colorado Authors League) finalists, click here. These are two great lists of excellent books […]

New Novel Writing Class This Spring!

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For the last few years I’ve taught a sold-out Novel Writing Class through Northern Colorado Writers. Every year, participants have requested that I offer an intensive workshop structured around the problems and questions participants are encountering in their own work —a Novel and Memoir Problem Solving Workshop. This spring, it’s finally happening!   Maybe you want […]

The Catching Fire Conundrum


Recently, I saw Catching Fire and greatly enjoyed it, which might be part of the problem. I liked Catching Fire even more than the first movie, which is saying a good deal, since I also enjoyed that one. So far, the Hunger Games franchise has the best film adaptations of young adult books I’ve seen. The […]