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Book Birthday Bash: The Accidental Bad Girl

  Happy Book Birthday to THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL! In this young adult novel, after getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has…
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Book Birthday Bash: When the Beat Drops

  Happy Book Birthday to WHEN THE BEAT DROPS! In this young adult novel, 17-year-old Mira has always danced to her own beat. A music prodigy in a family of athletes, she’d rather play trumpet than play ball—and with her audition to a prestigious jazz conservatory just around the corner (and her two best friends…
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Book Birthday Bash: Tiny Infinities

  Happy Book Birthday to TINY INFINITIES! In this funny, heartfelt, beautifully written story of family and friendship, thirteen-year-old Alice’s determination to set a swim team record for the Cherrywood Sharks anchors her through the summer when her parents split up and she’s taking care of her mom, who’s suffering through a period of deep…
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Book Birthday Bash: The Boy From Tomorrow

  Happy Book Birthday to THE BOY FROM TOMORROW! In this middle-grade novel, Josie and Alec both live at 444 Sparrow Street. They sleep in the same room, but they’ve never laid eyes on each other. They are twelve years old but a hundred years apart. The children meet through a handpainted spirit board—Josie in…
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Thank You Independent Bookstores

Last Saturday was National Independent Bookstore Day, and while I was busy with the Austin SCBWI 2018 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference all weekend, I didn’t want a week to go by without a celebration. Along with libraries, independent bookstores are the backbone of the publishing industry and the best friends of authors and readers.…
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Win a Book and Choose the Author

As THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST gets closer to its June 26 release date, I want to thank the amazing authors who took the time to read a galley of my book and write their thoughts. And what better way to thank them than to give away their books? That’s right, they get…
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Book Birthday Bash: The Battle of Junk Mountain

  Happy Book Birthday to THE BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN! In this middle-grade novel, twelve-year-old Shayne has always spent summers on the Maine coast, visiting her grandmother Bea and playing with her BFF Poppy. Both Shayne and Bea are collectors of sorts: Shayne revels in golden memories of weaving friendship bracelets with Poppy, while Bea scours…
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Book Birthday Bash: Every Shiny Thing

  Happy Book Birthday to EVERY SHINY THING! In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra is used to taking care of her mom. When Lauren’s parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the…
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What to Read While You Wait for The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast

THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST comes out in a little over two months and a friend was asking me recently what they should read while they waited, books that are similar in tone, feel and subject matter. My mind went blank for a few minutes — as it often does now while I…
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Books, Authors and Me at TLA

Last week I had the best time talking to librarians at the annual Texas Library Association convention. Held in Dallas this year, the week-long event was full of keynotes, panels, luncheons, dinners and signings with amazing authors and illustrators. I was there with my publisher, Simon & Schuster, to talk about my book, THE BOY,…
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