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?  *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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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 think anyone, animal lover or not,… [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 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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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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Create a Comic Book in 10 (simple?) Steps

Comics and other graphic texts are one of the fastest growing areas of publishing, and they seem to be getting stronger each year. If you haven’t considered getting graphic, you might want to.  This post is for creators, especially writers, who are interested in graphic story-telling. Even if your art skills are limited to crooked, one-armed stick figures, […]

Newest book optioned for TV/film development!

Here’s some news I’ve been eager to share: my newest book, THE NAMING GIRL, was recently optioned for TV/film development by Good Neighbors Media. Jennifer Phang, the director, and Robert Chang, the producer attached to the project have been amazing to work with. This is a book inspired by my daughters, and by the complex […]

What Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Books Say About Us

For years, I’ve been wondering why dystopian and post-apocalyptic books are so popular, especially with teens. Personally, I love reading these books. I also enjoy writing them. Now, I’m generally a very optimistic person who believes we can create a good future. So what is it about corpse-ridden zombie-sucking industrial wastelands that appeals so much […]