The Secret to Lying

What happens when your life becomes a lie?  *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) now available! “Engrossing and entertaining…  a great read.”  —Publishers Weekly “An artful blurring between reality and fantasy, The Secret to Lying masterfully delves into one teen’s… [read]

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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 Colorado Authors League Book Award* *Finalist for the Colorado Book Award* *Finalist for the Crystal Kite Award* *LitPick 5 Star Book Review Award* It was Saturday, November 15th, but… [read]

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The Last Panther

What is a species worth? *Nautilus Book Award Winner!* *Colorado Book Award Winner!* *CAL Book Award Winner!* *A “Best Book of the Year“!* *A Southern Living “Best New Books for Kids” pick!* *Recommended by Florida Teachers and National Geographic!* *Green Earth Honor Book!*              “I loved this book, and I… [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]

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 Namer of Spirits

From Owl Hollow Press! Now available anywhere books are sold! An Amazon #1 New Release in Children’s Environment and Ecology Books! *A 2021 “Best Book Awards” Children’s Fiction Finalist!* ★★★★★ “The Namer of Spirits is among the best of its kind!” —Literary Titan “The Namer of Spirits is what readers want and the world needs.”… [read]

Cover reveal for The Namer of Spirits!

Behold the cover for my new middle grade novel, coming out on October 5th with Owl Hollow Press! The brilliant French artist, Asur Misoa, did an amazing job depicting Ash Narro facing an illwen (a wild forest spirit) on the cover, and Fen and his mistcat on the back. The book is perfect for ages […]

I’m now a Talkabook author!

Talkabook is a new way to connect with authors in interactive, virtual visits. I’m also continuing my normal in-person and virtual Author Visit options for schools, libraries, and reading groups, but Talkabook is another way to connect personally and virtually. With Talkabook you can bring me (or other authors) out to a gathering, a writing group, […]

Why English Teachers Must Talk About the Climate Crisis (and how to do it)

*Note: This material was originally shared as part of a NCTE presentation titled “Responding to the Climate Crisis in English Language Arts.” LEARNING FROM DISASTERS: QUICK TIPS FOR EXPLORING ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES WITH 4TH-12TH GRADERS. “Take two breaths. 100 years ago, you would have breathed in 300 ppm of CO2. Today, you breathed in over […]