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Thrilled to announce that LIFEBOAT 12, my debut middle grade novel about a true but little-known WWII event, just won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for middle grade fiction. (See below for photos of the awards gala.) In a *STARRED* review, SLJ says, "This stirring novel-in-verse based on a true story is an edge-of-your-seat survival tale, an extensively researched work of historical fiction, and an exemplar of the form." The Nerdy Book Club called it one of the best novels in verse of the year! 

 

Also new is SHAKING THINGS UP: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. Take a look at my interview with Mr. Schu and the book trailer here.

  

 

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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

         educators. 

 

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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 

 

SHAKING THINGS UP

14 Young Women Who Changed the World

It's here, it's here! The book I worked on days, nights and weekends all last year is on the bookshelves now. Check out the book trailer, an interview with Mr. Schu, and a podcast on All the Wonders with Matthew Winner. Couldn't be prouder of this book written, illustrated, edited and art-directed by women! And P.S. Check out the gorgeous case cover hiding under the jacket!

 

Highlights

You know what they say about pictures and 1000 words. 

    2017 Américas Award at the Library of Congress with ADA'S VIOLIN illustrator Sally Wern Comport

 

   Chappaqua Children's Book Festival

 

  2017 Connecticut Book Awards at the Mark Twain House with Doe Boyle, Leslie Bulion, Mary-Kelly Busch, Bina Williams, Leslie Connor, winner Karen Fortunati, and Paul Meisel

 

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School visits!

 

 

DOUBLE TAKE Book Trailer

"Who is AHEAD and who is BEHIND is different for everyone standing in line." It's all about perspective! Here's a peek inside my newest book, with art by debut illustrator Jay Fleck, published by Candlewick. Julie Danielson writing in Kirkus Reviews calls it "a thought-provoking book that will prompt questions for child readers about perspective and point of view. ... a powerful notion for children, particularly at the me-me-me stage of development." See more reviews here.

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