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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 now in its fifth printing and is nominated for state awards in Connecticut, 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 as an audiobook!

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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. 

TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS

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

         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!

 

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Upcoming Events

  • September 28, 2019

    Saugatuck StoryFest

    Westport Public Library

    Westport, CT 06880

    https://www.ssfteenboard.com

    Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards Panel 

    Featuring: Jake Burt, Susan Hood, Geoff Rodkey, Ibi Zoboi

    Meet past and current nominees of the Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards, a statewide literary award voted on by Connecticut students.

    12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • October 5, 2019

    Chappaqua Children's

    Book Festival

    Robert E. Bell Middle School
    50 Senter St, Chappaqua, NY 10514

    ccbfestival.org

    10:00am to 4:00pm
  • October 12, 2019

    Warwick Children's Book Festival
    c/o Albert Wisner Public Library
    1 McFarland Drive
    Warwick, NY   10990
    845.986.1047
    warbookfest@rcls.org

    11:00am to 4:00pm
  • October 20, 2019

    Connecticut Book Awards

    Connecticut Center for the Book

    Hartford Public Library

    500 Main Street

    Hartford, CT 06103

    Keynote speaker: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Philip Caputo

    Ceremony followed by reception and book signings

    3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • October 21, 2019

    Author Palooza

    CASL CECA 2019 Conference

    Connecticut Convention Center
    100 Columbus Boulevard
    Hartford, Connecticut

    (All day)
  • November 2, 2019

    nErDCampLI

    James H. Boyd Intermediate School

    286 Cuba Hill Road 

    Huntington, NY 11743

    (Details to come!) 

    (All day)
  • February 29, 2020

    Pequot Library Writers' Series

    720 Pequot Avenue

    Southport, CT 06890

    information@pequotlibrary.org

    Join me and other esteemed picture book authors and illustrators for a panel discussion about a child's first books.

    12:00pm to 1:00pm