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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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Book Birthday Bash: The Turnaway Girls

  Happy Book Birthday to THE TURNAWAY GIRLS! This dark middle grade fantasy is set on an isolated island called Blightsend. On Blightsend, girls are not allowed to make music and are instead forced to turn boys’ songs into gold. But when twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea begins to sing in secret, everything changes. We’re so happy…
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#HomeToMe – Winner!

The #HomeToMe Middle Grade Mega Classroom Giveaway is over, and it has been AMAZING! If you didn’t hear about it, the giveaway included 16 middle-grade authors giving away a signed copy of their book as well as a Skype visit. To enter, participants had to share on Twitter or Instagram what home means to them,…
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Book Birthday Bash: Skylark and Wallcreeper

  Happy Book Birthday to SKYLARK AND WALLCREEPER! When 12-year-old Lily helps to evacuate her grandmother during Hurricane Sandy, she uncovers secrets of her granny’s past in the French Resistance during World War II. SKYLARK AND WALLCREEPER alternates between New York City in 2012 and southern France in 1944. We’re so happy you’re at our…
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Book Birthday Bash: Original Syn

  Happy Book Birthday to ORIGINAL SYN! ORIGINAL SYN is a YA dystopian epic, introducing readers to a dangerous world of family secrets, free will, forbidden love, and technology at war with humanity. It’s a world very different from ours… and also not so very different at all. We’re so happy you’re at our party…
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What is #HomeToMe — a Giveaway

  This month, I’m participating in a wonderful giveaway geared around the idea of home. The #HomeToMe Middle Grade Mega Classroom Giveaway features 16 books that all explore home in different ways, including my book, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST. Home is one of the central themes of my book. In fact, getting…
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Book Birthday Bash: Dare You To Lie

  Happy Book Birthday to DARE YOU TO LIE! In a small town full of equally small minds, this smart-mouthed, ass-kicking heroine plans to bring down the boys that exploited her, no matter the cost. Because justice isn’t blind, she’s blonde—and she’s coming for them. We’re so happy you’re at our party for young-adult novel…
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Book Birthday Bash: After Zero

  Happy Book Birthday to AFTER ZERO! In this middle grade novel, twelve-year-old Elise carries a notebook full of tallies, each page marking a day spent at her new public school, each stroke of her pencil marking a word spoken. A word that can’t be taken back. Five tally marks isn’t so bad. Two is…
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Book Birthday Bash: Ten After Closing

  Happy Book Birthday to TEN AFTER CLOSING! This young adult novel chronicles the events before and after a hold-up at Café Flores, during which two teens from very different backgrounds are held hostage and explore a relationship that might have been, all while scheming to stay alive. Sometimes it takes the unimaginable to learn…
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