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CBC Champions of Change List

I’m delighted to see A Girl Called Problem listed among other great books on the Children’s Book Council’s Champions for Change List (Spring 2020). Check out the list for wonderful titles that share inspiring stories of young champions fighting for social … Continue reading

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Pandemic Art

I know we’re all hoping for healthy growth and change to come from this period of social distance, loss, and hardship. I also find myself thinking of the art it has and will generate:  new murals, music composed over Zoom, … Continue reading

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The logistics: publishing articles and essays

A couple of weeks ago I put in a plug for the writers’ podcast, Launch. Host and author John August walks listeners through his process of producing a middle-grade novel from start to finish and answers all sorts of logistical … Continue reading

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A perfect podcast for publishing

Have you ever committed to a regular writing practice, perhaps pulled together an essay or the first few chapters of a novel that felt pretty polished, but then wondered, “How on earth do I get this thing published?” When I … Continue reading

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Authoring America’s future

Three cheers for the youth of America who are insisting that the U.S. engage in real conversations about gun violence. I hear and admire you! Part of what inspired me to write A Girl Called Problem–a novel about courageous young … Continue reading

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Joining the ranks of team “fake news”

My essay about building a sleep machine for my infant son, Liam, was published today in The New York Times. I hope the full essay (found here) provides you with a few good laughs. You might also get a kick … Continue reading

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Our year in graphic novels

I recently published an essay in The Washington Post about my family’s year in graphic novels. Why graphic novels? For me, as a lover of libraries, one of the big limitations that comes with living in a less developed country … Continue reading

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Learning Spanish in Guatemala

As many of you know, my family just spent the last year in Central America. Living abroad has always been a boon for my writing, exposing me to new potential settings for books (imagine staring down into a volcanic caldera … Continue reading

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Two great author visits

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of Skype chatting with students on two different continents about A Girl Called Problem. Students at La Côte International School in Switzerland and at Nord Anglia International School in Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Stories from Central America

This academic year, my family and I are living in Central America. I’m busy working on a young adult novel set in South India, but I’ve also recently started a blog about life south of the U.S. border. Warmer Than … Continue reading

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