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]

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The Last Panther

What is a species worth? *Colorado Book Award Winner!* *2018 CAL Book Award Winner!* *A “Best Books of the Year“!* *A Southern Living “Best New Books for Kids” pick!* *Recommended by Florida Teachers and National Geographic!* *Green Earth Honor Book Award Winner!*  “I loved this book, and I think anyone, animal lover or not, will… [read]

Backwards

Travel Backwards… A life-affirming novel about a teen dealing with death, loss, and love while traveling backwards in time. Available now from Candlewick Press! *Winner of the 2014 Colorado Authors League Book Award* *Finalist for the 2014 Colorado Book Award* *Finalist for the Crystal Kite Award* *LitPick 5 Star Book Review Award* It was Saturday, November… [read]

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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]

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The Last Panther Teaching and Book Club Kit

Looking for materials to enhance using The Last Panther in the classroom or book club? This is the place to find and share those.  Although my first goal is always to write an entertaining story, it’s my hope that The Last Panther will help students creating vivid, personal connections to several areas of interest for 4th-7th grades, including: —Understanding […]

BOOKS FOR CHANGE: Help me give free books and author visits to schools!

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how I can give back in 2017, and I came up with a big, ambitious plan to help students and schools. It’s called BOOKS FOR CHANGE, but in order for it to work I need your help. I want to give 1000 books and 10 author visits to underfunded schools!  (Click […]

Do Something Good (and get a Protector Pendant!)

Ever wish you were living in a fantasy book, fighting monsters and questing to save the world? (I sometimes do). Fortunately, there are plenty of real causes in need of heroes. BECOME A PROTECTOR! Being a protector is easier than you might think. You can: —Sell lemonade or homemade crafts to raise money to protect endangered species […]