That’s not a judgment on anything, it’s the title of my first middle grade nonfiction book, about why we make so much trash, why it’s a problem, and how we can do better. I’m thrilled to have the supremely talented John Hendrix illustrating. Coming Fall 2022.
My 2020 nonfiction picture book with Christophe Jacques has been longlisted for the Green Earth Book Award! Green Machine: The Slightly Gross Truth about Turning Your Food Scraps into Green Energy is a fun look at the process of anaerobic digestion, which produces methane from things like food scraps and can be used to create electricity.
I couldn’t be happier that Misa, the illustrator of Cats Are a Liquid and How Slippery Is a Banana Peel?, and I are working on our first comic series! It’s graphic nonfiction about biomimicry, the process of taking designs from nature and applying them to solve human problems. As you might expect, it’s a little (all right, extremely) silly, too.
When the publicist at Holt who’s working with Cats Are a Liquid mentioned that a pet podcast was interested in talking to me about the book, I realized that this was the power of writing about cats. You’re not just appealing to book people, you’re appealing to cat people, and cat people are everywhere.
I had a wonderful time chatting with Michelle Fern of Pet Life Radio’s Cattitude podcast about the book and the weird, liquidy behaviors of cats.
This past week saw the publication of my first picture book, CATS ARE A LIQUID, illustrated by Misa Saburi and published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Author Karlin Gray invited me to answer Five Favorites on her blog, and I spoke with Corrina Allen on the podcast All the Wonders about the book (and many other books).
I would also like to announce that CATS ARE A LIQUID has received a nomination for the prestigious Mewbery award (that’s right, Mewbery with an M). The Mewbery, begun as a Twitter jest by author Laurel Snyder and taken up by Booklist reviewer Ronny Khuri, honors picture books about cats, and this book certainly fits the criteria. Since the award itself doesn’t actually exist, it is, as they say, an honor just to be nominated.
Thanks so much to Casey Lyall and Kick-butt Kidlit for having me on the blog to talk about The Friendship Lie!
Coming to your plate/shelf spring 2021!
The lovely middle grade author of Kat Greene Comes Clean, Melissa Roske, has invited me to do the Proust questionnaire on her blog today! And check out some of the other authors she’s interviewed while you’re there.
Today is the publication day of The Friendship Lie, my middle grade story of friendship gone wrong in a zero-waste world. (Maybe it’s not exactly zero waste, but the main character’s father wishes it was.) I’m so pleased to be able to share my first ever post for Nerdy Book Club on publication day! I give a little personal context for why I wanted to create a character who doesn’t try to cover up how crummy she feels a lot of the time.
You can also check out 5 Fun Facts about The Friendship Lie at YAYOMG!
Superstar 10-year-old blogger Bridget interviewed me about being a librarian and a writer. Be sure to check out her other interviews and book reviews!