THE FRIENDSHIP LIE comes out in less than a week! You can hear me talking with fabulous crew of Booked All Night about all kinds of book stuff, including one of my favorite questions ever: was there anything I had to cut from TFL during edits that I really miss? All I can say to that is, RIP Lulu Van Robot. You were too good for this world.
Misa Saburi and I have another picture book coming in 2021!
Here’s a funny thing about publishing (and anyone in the business can tell you their own story about it): it’s nothing if not surprising. After a couple of years with no new deal announcements, now I have three within a few weeks.
I’m very pleased to have two picture books on the way with Godwin Books and another middle grade coming from Capstone. I posted the announcement for GREEN MACHINE: THE FOOD ENERGY CYCLE earlier, and here are the announcements for the other two.
I’m so happy to announce that my first nonfiction picture book, GREEN MACHINE: THE FOOD ENERGY CYCLE, illustrated by Christophe Jacques, will be published by Holt/Godwin Books in winter 2020. It’s a rhyming ode to anaerobic digestion, and if you don’t think that sounds like fun, then you haven’t been to visit a farm’s anaerobic digester in the middle of January in northern New York.
What is anaerobic digestion? Short answer: a great way to make energy from organic matter like food & manure. See–fun! I’ll post more as the book’s production progresses.
I can’t wait to see Christophe Jacques’s art for this book. You can see his portfolio here. Super fun retro-modern, super kid-friendly.
This isn’t new, but I haven’t posted it here yet. Just after How to Stage a Catastrophe was published, my local NPR affiliate interviewed me for their morning show!
One of the highlights of my debut experience was being selected for the Indies Introduce program through the American Booksellers Association and attending the ABA Winter Institute in Minneapolis in January. That is, being in Minneapolis in January wasn’t the highlight. Reading to a room of booksellers definitely was!
Emily Hall, co-owner of Main Street Books in St. Charles, MO, interviewed me for a series on the Indies Introduce titles for Bookselling This Week.
If you live in small town, you know that EVERYONE reads the local paper. The whole thing. And then everyone goes around to all the people they know who made it into the paper and say, “I saw your name in the paper.” It’s possibly the best part of small-town life. If my name is ever mentioned in conjunction with a library program, someone will tell me about it.
Here, my local paper interviews me about HOW TO STAGE A CATASTROPHE.
Caroline Starr Rose, author of the novels in verse May B. and Blue Birds, and the just-released prose novel Jasper and the Secret of Riley’s Mine, interviewed me for her Classroom Connections series! There’s also an ARC giveaway at the end of the interview.
I love the Classroom Connections series because Caroline, a former teacher, knows what teachers are looking for in middle grade books to bring into their classrooms. Her interview with Linda Williams Jackson, author of the 2017 middle grade debut Midnight without a Moon, is a standout.
Thank you for having me, Caroline!
How to Stage a Catastrophe made the Spring/Summer 2017 Kids’ Indie Next list! As a librarian, I’m more familiar with library-world book honors & promotions, but I’m super happy about this & grateful to all the independent booksellers who work so hard to select upcoming books and them get them into the hands of readers!
The full Kids’ Indie Next list includes some great 2017 titles, including Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give and Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited. You can probably find a print version of the list at your local independent bookstore!