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VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISITS What a year it's been and how I miss visiting actual schools! However, I am available for both full-day and single-presentation virtual author visits this fall and winter. I'll be booking in-person visits for spring 2021, with contingency plans in place as needed. Go to my School Visits Page for more details and stay safe! 


Super honored that LIFEBOAT 12 is the winner of the 2019 Connecticut Book Award AND the 2020 Oklahoma Children's Sequoyah Award. Now in its sixth printing, it is also nominated for state awards in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont. These awards mean the world to me because librarians nominate the books and then kids vote! LIFEBOAT 12 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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Thank you, Oklahoma Kids and Librarians! 

Thrilled that LIFEBOAT 12 was named the WINNER of the 2020 Oklahoma Children's Sequoyah Award. Librarians create the list of nominees and then children across the state vote. It was an incredible list of some of my favorite books of the year. Congrats to all the other nominees and thank you, Oklahoma! Can't wait to meet you all at the awards ceremony next spring.

I Have News! 

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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