Hi! I'm so glad you stopped by. I hope you enjoy learning more about me and the books I write. In my stories, I like to focus on ordinary kids who do small but remarkable things that change their world in a big way.
MAKERS VS. FAKERS will be published in fall 2017 by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, with a sequel to follow in 2018. The story is told from the perspectives of a brother, sister, and their classmates who all compete in a maker fair type event at their middle school. Ethan Marcus and Brian Kowalski (the fakers) enter their fledgling invention called the desk-evator, which is supposed to alleviate their scoma (school coma) that results from sitting all day in class. But Ethan's sister Erin and her best friend Zoe (the makers) don't take them seriously. Will anyone?
THE SUMMER I SAVED THE WORLD...IN 65 DAYS, a novel for ages 10 and up, was published in April 2014 by Wendy Lamb Books/Penguin Random House. It's the story of Nina Ross, a 13-year old girl who senses the disconnection of people in her neighborhood. She spends a summer doing anonymous good things, contemplating if doing good...really does any good. People's reactions aren't at all what she expects. You can watch the trailer here. The book is nominated for the 2015-2016 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, a 2017 Nebraska Golden Sower Award, and a 2017 Sunshine State Youth Reading Award in Florida.
CALLI BE GOLD, a novel for middle grade readers, was published in 2011 by Wendy Lamb Books/Random House. A story that applauds the joy in small moments, CALLI BE GOLD is sure to touch your heart with its true to life characters and engaging plot. I'm honored that the book was nominated for a 2014 Bluestem Readers' Choice Award in Illinois, and a 2016 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award in Minnesota.
Many authors can pinpoint a time in their lives when they knew they wanted to be a writer, and for me, that realization came in fifth grade, when a crayon and construction paper "book" I wrote was one of the winners in a school contest. The book's title was "The Chair That Knew How to Dance," and my prize was reading my book to the kindergarten classes. What a thrill to see their captivated young faces as I sat in front of the room and read my story aloud. It's probably no coincidence that the main character in my first book is in fifth grade.
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