Blogging At The Pirate Tree!

I'm thrilled to announce I'll be blogging once a month over at The Pirate Tree, a collective of children's and young adult writers interested in literature for youth and social justice issues. My first post is up today, a review of the fantastic Ask The Passengers, by A.S. King. I'm also deep into the drafting process on my next book,…

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It’s going to be a busy fall

I’m in this weird state between anticipation and celebration. Planning, waiting, watching, hoping…and trying to write and work and sleep and not become overwhelmed. Personal Effects is out in two weeks.  We’re putting the final touches on some launch celebrations, and waiting for the day to arrive. All the while I have been writing/re-writing/revising like crazy in order to get…

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Missing the Point…before any reader ever can

If you haven’t already, go read this fantastic post by author Sarah Ockler about how the NYT Book Review of two recent YA novels completely missed the point.  Sarah’s post eloquently discusses the reviewer’s misunderstanding of the purpose and intent of YA literature, and why it dooms her review. (And really, if you haven’t read the post, go read it….

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