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TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team is now available from my good friends at HarperCollins. I'm thrilled to team up with Thai journalist Pathana Sornhiran who was reporting outside the Tham Luang Nang Non Caves last summer as this mesmerizing story unfolded. Take a peek at the "Behind the Art" book trailer created by talented illustrator Dow Phumiruk. 


Super honored that LIFEBOAT 12 is the winner of the 2019 Connecticut Book Award! Now in its sixth printing, it is also nominated for state awards in Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It has been named an 2019 ALSC Notable Book, a 2019 Bank Street Best Book of the Year and the winner of the 2019 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for middle grade fiction. (See the NYC awards ceremony below!) And now you can get it in paperback and as an audiobook!

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Here's a sneak peek at the Publisher's Weekly announcement of my latest book deal with HarperCollins. Excited to be working again with the wonderful editors of SHAKING THINGS UP and TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS. 


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It's Book Fair Season! 

September means book festivals! First up is second annual Saugatuck StoryFest held at the beautifully remodeled Westport Library in Westport, CT.  Join me and authors Jake Burt, Ibi Zoboi and Geoff Rodkey talking about books nominated for the CT Nutmeg Book Awards on Saturday, September 28 at 12 noon, followed by a book signing from 2-2:30pm.  

Then on October 5, don't miss the seventh annual Chappaqua Children's Book Festival in Chappaqua, New York. More than 145 authors and illustrators will be participating!  

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For additional fall appearances, check my schedule at right. 


The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team

My newest book, co-authored with Thai journalist Pathana Sornhiran, is out now! It was such an honor to tell this astonishing true story about the twelve young boys and their coach who were trapped inside a Thai cave last summer.


Want to find out more? Check out our blog tour:
Mr. Schu premiered our book trailer on Watch. Connect. Read. 
Alyson Beecher posted a review on Kid Lit Frenzy. 
Dylan Teut interviewed us on Mile High Reading.
Charnaie Gordon featured a review on Here Wee Read.
Michele Knott posted a review and interview on Mrs. Knott's Book Nook.

                                 Thanks to all for helping us celebrate our launch! 


  • Here's a peek at the gorgeous illustrations by illustrator Dow Phumiruk.


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Lifeboat 12 wins the SCBWI GOLDEN KITE AWARD for middle grade fiction!

Thank you, SCBWI, for this honor! This award is selected by a jury of one's peers in children's literature, which is why it means so much to me. Here are photos of the gala with a keynote by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It was a magical night I'll remember for a long, long time. 



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         2019 Golden Kite Award Winners

Happy news plus a sneak peek at my new book! 

Thanks to my wonderful editors at Simon and Schuster...


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... and at HarperCollins! Here's a first look at a new picture book coming in

May 2019. Thrilled to be collaborating with these two talented women on a

story that had the world riveted all summer. 


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It's Been a Busy Year! 

Two new books—SHAKING THINGS UP and my first middle grade novel LIFEBOAT 12; many school visits; Princeton, Chappaqua, Warwick, and Rhode Island children's book festivals; NCTE in Houston; NCSS in Chicago; and a brand-new picture book coming in May, 2019. Here are some of the highlights! 



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                    Launch Party at the Pequot Library in Southport, CT


                                      Happy news announced at NCTE! 


                     DOUBLE TAKE wins the 2018 Connecticut Book Award



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                           NYC school visit with a surprise special guest! 



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                     One of many wonderful school visits all over the country



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         Spreading the book love at the Connecticut Reading Association Conference.

         Thanks to all these authors and illustrators for donating books to give to CT



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                                  Barbara McClintock and David Johnson

                                  hosted a lovely gathering

                                  to celebrate a visit from Dylan Teut. 


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     Meeting THE Ruby Bridges at Smith College and giving her a copy of 

SHAKING THINGS UP featuring Oga Mora's art of young Ruby on the cover



    Thanks to Susannah Richards for inviting me to the Confratute Conference. 



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 The Pinkneys, me, and my husband at the Rhode Island Children's Book Festival 



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             The Rhode Island Children's Book Festival authors and illustrators



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Proud to participate in the Connecticut Children's Book Fair where I got to meet Tomie dePaola and debut illustrator Doug Salati 



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