Monday, September 16, 2019

Cover Reveal for RACE THE SANDS!

COVER REVEAL!!! So excited to share the cover for RACE THE SANDS, my next novel for adults! It's a standalone epic fantasy about two kickass women who race monsters, coming in April 2020 from Harper Voyager.

And very excited to show you what came in the mail! An ARC of RACE THE SANDS! I love seeing the ARC for the first time -- it makes me feel like my monster-racing women and their deadly kehok are coming to life. Like they're stepping out of my imagination and are ready to step (or race) into other minds.  I loved writing this book so much, and I can't wait for everyone to meet Tamra, Raia, and their racer!

Thanks so much to the artist Nekro, my editor David Pomerico, and the whole Harper Voyager team!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Announcing 2 new MG books!!!

I am over-the-moon excited to announce that I sold two new middle-grade fantasy novels, EVEN AND ODD and a second untitled book, to my phenomenal editor Anne Hoppe at Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, via my incredible agent Andrea Somberg! So excited to play in two new worlds!!!

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

FIRE AND HEIST on Truman Readers Award Longlist!

So honored and thrilled that my YA were-dragon heist novel, FIRE AND HEIST, is on the longlist for the Truman Readers Award! Thanks so much, Missouri school librarians!!! You made my day! Congrats to all the other nominees!


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Monday, June 17, 2019

Cover Reveal for CATALYST!

COVER REVEAL!!! So excited to share with you the cover art for my next kids book, CATALYST, coming from Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June 2020! It's about change, acceptance, and a really, really large cat!

Huge thanks to artist Brandon Dorman, designer Opal Roengchai, art director Sharismar Rodriguez, my editor Anne Hoppe, and the whole Clarion team for this gorgeousness!

Say hello to Zoe, Harrison, and Pipsqueak!


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Thursday, June 06, 2019

New Jersey Events This Saturday

New Jersey readers -- This Saturday (6/8), I will be at the Maplewood South Orange Book Festival from 11am to 4pm, signing books in the Children's Area. And at 7:30pm, I'll be at the Barnes & Noble in Paramus, with the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County, talking about my books & writing & dragons & sea monsters... Both events are open to all. Hope to see you there!

Maplewood South Orange Book Festival:

SFABC at Barnes & Noble in Paramus:

THE STONE GIRL'S STORY is a Mythopoeic Award Finalist!

Got some wonderful news: my book, THE STONE GIRL'S STORY, is a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature! I'm so thrilled, honored, and grateful! Thank you, Mythopoeic Society! You made my day! And congratulations to all the other finalists!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

SPARK on the Kids Indie Next List!

Just found out that SPARK was selected for the Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List!!! Woohoo! Thanks so much, IndieBound!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SPARK comes out today!!!

Today is the book birthday for SPARK!!!

SPARK is a fantasy adventure for kids, published by Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and I'm beyond thrilled that it's out in the world! I loved writing this book, and I'm so excited to introduce you to Mina and Pixit!

In SPARK, storm beasts and their guardians create perfect weather every day, and Mina longs for a storm beast of her own. But when the gentle girl bonds with a lightning beast -- a creature of fire and chaos -- everyone's certain it's a mistake. Everyone but Mina and the beast himself, Pixit. Quickly enrolled in lightning school, Mina struggles to master a guardian's skills, and she discovers that her country's weather comes at a devastating cost -- a cost powerful people wish to hide. Mina's never been the type to speak out, but someone has to tell the truth, and, with Pixit's help, she resolves to find a way to be heard.

If you're interested, more information can be found on my website, including the first two chapters:

All books start with a spark. An idea, an image, a feeling, a wish... The spark for this book was three words:

Mina was quiet.

I wanted to write a book about a quiet girl and her lightning dragon. But I didn't want it to be the story of a quiet girl who learns to be loud. I wanted it to be the story of a quiet girl who discovers she's strong, exactly as she is.

Growing up, I was a quiet girl. I spent a lot of my childhood in my room, reading books. For the bulk of sixth grade, I was so shy that I barely talked to anyone. It took me a long time to discover you can be quiet and strong.

So this book is for all those quiet kids out there. And it's for anyone who has ever struggled to be heard, who has yearned to resist injustice, or who has simply dreamed of being friends with a telepathic lightning dragon!

If that's you or your kid, please consider taking a look at SPARK! Hope you're having a wonderful spring! And thanks so much for reading!

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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Books of Wonder on Sat 5/11

Very excited for this Saturday!!! I'll be at the fabulous Books of Wonder in NYC at 1pm on 5/11 with Sayantani Dasgupta, Laura Ruby, Fran Wilde, and Pat Cummings, talking about our new MG books. Hope you can join us!

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Excerpt from SPARK

It's one week until SPARK comes out!!! If you'd like a sneak peek, I've posted an excerpt on my website. Come meet Mina and Pixit! 


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