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Book Birthday Bash: Strange Days

  Happy Book Birthday to STRANGE DAYS! In this young adult novel, Alex Mata doesn’t want to worry about rumors of alien incursions – he’d rather just skate and tag and play guitar. But when he comes home to find an alien has murdered his parents, he’s forced to confront a new reality: Aliens are…
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Book Birthday Bash: Outrun the Wind

  Happy Book Birthday to OUTRUN THE WIND! OUTRUN THE WIND is a YA sapphic reimagining of the story of Atalanta from Greek mythology. When she crosses paths with a huntress of the goddess Artemis, Kahina, they find their fates are intertwined as they each fight to assert their independence in a world designed to…
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Beast is in its Second Printing! Thank You, Readers

This Thanksgiving week, I’m incredibly thankful, because THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST has gone into a second printing! When I was writing this book, I thought it would never get published. It received a LOT of rejections along its journey. But it’s a story from my heart and I was so thrilled to finally…
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Celebrating Spooky Middle Grade Books

I’ve always loved spooky stories. Give me a monster, a pair of old bones, or a cracked grave stone, and I’m hooked… as long as I can close the book if I get too scared. 😉 When I wrote THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, I didn’t set out to write a spooky book.…
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Book Birthday Bash: The Prophet Calls

  Happy Book Birthday to THE PROPHET CALLS! In this middle-grade novel, 13-year-old Gentry Forrester feels lucky to live in a polygamous community among God’s chosen people in the Prophet’s compound. But when the incarcerated Prophet’s revelations begin to threaten her family, Gentry is faced with conforming to his terrible demands or discovering what it…
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Book Birthday Bash: Synchro Boy

  Happy Book Birthday to SYNCHRO BOY! This young adult novel follows the athletic and romantic exploits of Bart Lively, a 16-year-old competitive swimmer who is wooed over to the synchronized team. But things get complicated when he falls for his female duet partner – and crushes on a guy on the diving team. We’re…
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Book Birthday Bash: Borrowed

  Happy Book Birthday to BORROWED! As seventeen-year-old Linnea celebrates the first anniversary of her heart transplant, she can’t escape the feeling that the wires have been crossed. After a series of unsettling dreams, inked messages mysteriously appear on her body, and she starts to wonder if this new heart belongs to her at all.…
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Election Giveaway!

It’s election time, and I’m thrilled to join other authors to support voting. Voting numbers are often far lower than the population, but democracy can’t run properly unless people are making their voices heard. This is why throughout history people have fought for the right to vote. It’s OUR world, OUR country, and everyone should…
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How to Silence the Bully in Your Head, And Other School Visit Questions

This month, I’ve been lucky enough to visit schools and talk to students about THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, and each visit has been wonderful! But as much as I enjoyed talking to the hundreds of kids in each group about my book, the most precious moments have been the ones where kids…
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Book Birthday Bash: Grow Grateful

  Happy Book Birthday to GROW GRATEFUL! In this picture book, Kiko goes on a camping trip with her class and learns about gratitude! Throughout the trip, Kiko discovers different things she appreciates about her family, friends, and opportunities. This story is based on the “theory of mind,” which is the ability to take perspective…
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