Ten writers for children. All with something to say.


Come on, Spuds

 Carmen and I had a wonderful Spud reunion this weekend in Portland at Wordstock, an impressive gathering of writers and readers. Afterwards, we want to Andina, a beautiful Peruvian restaurant in the Pearl District for a delicious meal and wide-ranging conversation. Thank you Carmen and Jeremy for such a lovely evening and making me feel so at home in your splendid city.

Two new books are out and I'm pleased to share covers with you. Game Changer is the true story of John McLendon and the Secret Game in 1944 and Randy Duburke, an illustrator I've wanted to work with for years, did an amazing job with the art.

The Extreme Sports book that some of you have heard about is also out and I'm thrilled with the design work done by Headcase Design. Please spread the word to folks you think would be interested in both of them. And let's go, Spuds. Stephanie took the first step. We want to hear your news and I know some of you have fun things to share.


We are still here. And we have updates:)

Well, it's been a loooong time since you've heard from us. No excuses, other than LIFE. Things happen, people get busy. The good news is that at least we've been productive since we've been away. I'll share a few things that have happened over the past year. I've had two books come out. First, the second installment of the Shipwreck Island series, LOST, which continues the adventures of the shipwrecked Robinson family.
This is my first year of having two novels out, because my latest YA novel released Tuesday, October 6th. Here I'm at the launch party we had in Irving, TX while I was on a school visit trip.

THE DETOUR is about Livvy Flynn, a best-selling teenage author who takes a drive into a nightmare... And, my most exciting news of all is that Legendary has optioned film rights. Yes, that's right. So read it before it becomes a movie! I also kept busy by going on a tour with friend and fellow Macmillan author Shelley Tougas. Our ADVENTURES FROM THE MIDDLE tour took us to five regional bookstores and four schools. We put on over 1000 miles in the course of a week, and here we are at Books and Company in Oconomowoc.  On Tuesday, Oct. 13, we will be at the Barnes and Noble in Mankato, MN at 6pm.

Stay tuned for more updates from the rest of the Spuds.