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Anchors aweigh! LIFEBOAT 12, my debut middle grade novel about a true but little-known WWII event, just went into a second printing. 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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INTERVIEW AND SNEAK PEEKS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

Happy to talk with Dylan Teut, Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival Director, Adjunct Professor of Education at Concordia University, Nebraska, children's book lover and all-around great guy on "Mile High Reading!" See his interview here.

TWO NEW BOOKS

This March, just in time for spring peepers, LEAPS AND BOUNCE hops in from Hyperion with illustrator Matthew Cordell. Matt and I collaborated on ROOTING FOR YOU and I'm excited to be teaming up again. Kirkus called this rhyming read-aloud about frog metamorphosis "a joyful, energetic celebration of growing up."

 

Then in May, Simon and Schuster will be publishing my very first nonfiction picture book. ADA'S VIOLIN tells the true story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, which was profiled on 60 Minutes and is the subject of the Landfill Harmonic, a documentary whose trailer went viral last year. With gorgeous collage illustrations by Sally Wern Comport, the book will be released in both English and Spanish editions.

 

School Library Journal notes that one in four children in the United States is Hispanic and yet "the Latino market continues to be underrepresented." Muchas gracias, SLJ, for counting ADA'S VIOLIN as one of nine new books deemed "truly worthy and recommended for the shelves of every public and school library."

 

 

 

THE NEWS IS OUT!

Thrilled to share this news as reported by Publishers Weekly.

 

 

WRITER AT WORK

There's a good reason I haven't posted in a long time. For the past few months, I've been working on researching and writing my very first middle grade novel. It's a whole new ballgame for me and I'm loving every minute. More news soon!

ADA'S VIOLIN: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

 

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The news is out and I can finally talk about the book I've been

working on for the past year! Perhaps you've seen the Recycled

Orchestra on 60 Minutes? Or in the brand-new movie entitled

the Landfill Harmonic? Each chronicles the story of children growing

up on a landfill in Paraguay, one of the poorest slums in all of

South America. One day, an environmental engineer named Favio

Chávez had the ingenious idea of building musical instruments from

the trash. With the help of Nicholás Gómez, they transformed oil drums

into cellos, water pipes into flutes and baking trays into violins! How do

they sound? Just listen!

 

ADA'S VIOLIN, to be published next spring by Simon and Schuster,

tells the story of these amazing kids through the eyes of Ada Ríos,

the young girl who grew up to become a first violinist in the

orchestra, playing to sold-out crowds around the world. Illustrations

by Sally Wern Comport just came in and they're stunning. So

excited about this book!

EXCITING NEWS

A big announcement is coming from my publisher Simon and Schuster and

I can hardly wait to share. Details to come!

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