Book Category: Childrens Fiction
Unforgettable. Walker Books for Young Readers, Fall 2011.
In a Heartbeat. Walker Books for Young Readers, 2010. Paperback – 2011.
In Search of Mockingbird. Henry Holt and Company, 2007.
The Shrouding Woman. Henry Holt and Company, 2002.
Graduated from Hamline University with a MFA in Writing for Children. I’ve participated in many Big Read celebrations across the country and book festivals such as the Alabama Book Festival, The Southern Festival of Books, The Chippewa Valley Book Festival, and the University of Central Florida Book Festival. I’m a former middle school and high school teacher and I’ve taught at workshops across the state as well as at the Loft. As a former teacher I’m comfortable speaking with individual classrooms and book groups as well as large assemblies.
The Shrouding Woman: Named to the 2003 Amelia Bloomer Project List; CCBC Choice; 2005 Rebecca Caudill Nominee; recently published in Japanese.
In Search of Mockingbird. Nominated for Best Books for Young Adults; Teen’s Top Ten; Midwest Bookseller’s spring/summer pick; won the 2007 Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award Honor Book for Children’s Literature; picked up by the Book-of-the-Month Club; named to the 2008-09 Tayshas Texas List; on the 2008 New York Library List of Teenage Books; 2008 Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts; IRA Notable; Charlotte Award nominee.
Awards: Midwest Connection’s Pick; Midwest Bookseller’s Association ALAN Pick, May 2010; Published in Korean and Japanese.
Please check my website for a list of presentations. I’ve presented at young writer workshops and schools for grades 3 through 12. I focus on actively engaging students in discussions on the writing life, how authors find inspiration for their books, the craft of writing, and writing activities.