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Gearing up for a big year ahead! Thanks to a little luck, a fluke and a sequel, I have four new picture books are coming in 2016. See below for a preview of the first two, LEAPS AND BOUNCE, illustrated by Matthew Cordell (Disney Hyperion) and ADA'S VIOLIN with art by Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster). Can't wait to share these books with you!

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This March, just in time for spring peepers, LEAPS AND BOUNCE hops in from Hyperion with illustrator Matthew Cordell. Matt and I collaborated on ROOTING FOR YOU and I'm excited to be teaming up again. Kirkus called this rhyming read-aloud about frog metamorphosis "a joyful, energetic celebration of growing up."


Then in May, Simon and Schuster will be publishing my very first nonfiction picture book. ADA'S VIOLIN tells the true story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, which was profiled on 60 Minutes and is the subject of the Landfill Harmonic, a documentary whose trailer went viral last year. With gorgeous collage illustrations by Sally Wern Comport, the book will be released in both English and Spanish editions.



Thrilled to share this news as reported by Publishers Weekly.




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



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!


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

I can hardly wait to share. Details to come!


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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