Spring 2020

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.

November 2019

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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Fall 2019

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. 

Spring 2019


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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February, 2019

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

January, 2019

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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Fall, 2018

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 


Spring, 2018


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!


Fall, 2017


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!


July, 2017


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.