What's New?

Anchors aweigh! LIFEBOAT 12, my debut middle grade novel-in-verse, is in bookstores NOW! In a *STARRED* review, SLJ says, "This stirring novel-in-verse based on a true story is an edge-of-your-seat survival tale, an extensively researched work of historical fiction, and an exemplar of the form."

 

Also new for 2018 is SHAKING THINGS UP: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. Take a look at my interview with Mr. Schu and the book trailer here

 

Wow! ADA'S VIOLIN was named an E.B. White Honor Book! Quite the honor indeed to be in the company of some of my favorite picture books from 2016. See photos below. 

 

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THE NEWS IS OUT!

Thrilled to share this news as reported by Publishers Weekly.

 

 

WRITER AT WORK

There's a good reason I haven't posted in a long time. For the past few months, I've been working on researching and writing my very first middle grade novel. It's a whole new ballgame for me and I'm loving every minute. More news soon!

ADA'S VIOLIN: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

 

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The news is out and I can finally talk about the book I've been

working on for the past year! Perhaps you've seen the Recycled

Orchestra on 60 Minutes? Or in the brand-new movie entitled

the Landfill Harmonic? Each chronicles the story of children growing

up on a landfill in Paraguay, one of the poorest slums in all of

South America. One day, an environmental engineer named Favio

Chávez had the ingenious idea of building musical instruments from

the trash. With the help of Nicholás Gómez, they transformed oil drums

into cellos, water pipes into flutes and baking trays into violins! How do

they sound? Just listen!

 

ADA'S VIOLIN, to be published next spring by Simon and Schuster,

tells the story of these amazing kids through the eyes of Ada Ríos,

the young girl who grew up to become a first violinist in the

orchestra, playing to sold-out crowds around the world. Illustrations

by Sally Wern Comport just came in and they're stunning. So

excited about this book!

EXCITING NEWS

A big announcement is coming from my publisher Simon and Schuster and

I can hardly wait to share. Details to come!

A PEEK INSIDE

Here's an inside look at some of my favorite pages from MISSION: NEW BABY 

in stores on February 24. Hats off to illustrator Mary Lundquist!

 

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"OUR FAVORITE 101 CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR" Thanks to Librarians Matthew Winner and Cynthia Alaniz for including ROOTING FOR YOU in Katie Davis's podcast about the best books of 2014! Katie also provides a downloadable PDF of all the book titles here. Thanks, Katie! And congratulations to all the other authors and illustrators!

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Upcoming Events

  • November 7, 2018

    Connecticut Reading Association

    Luncheon Speaker

    Details to come

     

    12:45pm to 1:30pm
  • November 16, 2018

    NCTE Annual Convention

    "Developing Identity, Empathy, and

    Community through Daily

    Picture Book Read Alouds"

    Chair & Presenter

    Jillian Heise

    Grand Ballroom B 

    George R. Brown

    Convention Center

    Houston, TX

    11:00am to 12:15pm
  • December 1, 2018

    NCSS Annual Conference

    Featured Speaker 9-10am

    Book signing 10-12pm

    Hyatt Regency Chicago

    151 E. Wacker Dr.

    Chicago, IL

    www.socialstudies.org

    9:00am to 12:00pm