|Posted on August 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
Exciting news! My first middle grade novel, LIFE ON MARS, comes out today!
Here's the beautiful cover:
And here's a little bit about the book:
Twelve-year-old Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers comes from a family of stargazers and his quest to find life on other planets is unstoppable.
But when Arty’s family announces they’re moving to Las Vegas, the City of Lights threatens to put an end to his stargazing dreams forever—especially when he has to stay with his scary next door neighbor while his parents look for a house. As it turns out, “Mr. Death” isn’t terrifying at all—he’s actually Cash Maddox, a bonafide astronaut! But when Cash falls ill, will Arty find the courage to complete his mission by himself? And might he actually prove, once and for all, that there is life on Mars?
For fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic and Jack Gantos’s Dead End in Norvelt comes a heartwarming story of true friendship—earthly or otherwise.
|Posted on June 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
It's always great to wake up to news like this. YALSA's 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination list is out...and TORN AWAY is on it! Woot! Thanks, YALSA!
|Posted on December 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM||comments (1)|
You may have noticed me hinting that I was working on a novella over the past several months. I've even hinted that it might have something to do with HATE LIST. Well, here is the official announcement and...cover reveal!
SAY SOMETHING comes out in e-format January 7th, 2014!
David Judy knows what it's like to be bullied. Shy and gentle, with a soft voice and "a girl's name for a last name," he is a prime target. Thankfully, there's one girl David feels at ease with -- Valerie, the girl who's been dating his neighbor and sometimes-friend, Nick. Valerie is kind to David and pulls him into their circle of outcast friends, where he finally feels like he (sort of) belongs. So when David starts to suspect that Nick and his friend Jeremy are planning a revenge plot against their tormentors, he wrestles with whether or not to tell someone. By the time he finally works up the courage to say something...it's too late.
David tries to put what he knows behind him -- to forget and move on -- but that's hard to to do as senior year starts and he watches his old friend, Valerie, struggle in a deep, dark place of guilt and confusion. It's time to speak up. David may not be able to end bullying, but by standing up, he might just make a difference. And that's what matters.
|Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
So I just found out that THOUSAND WORDS got a spot on the 2014 Tayshas Reading List! Woohoo! Thank you so much, Texas librarians, for all the love and support you've given me throughout the years, and especially for reading and recognizing THOUSAND WORDS!
Check out the LBSchool Tumblr page for my official video thank-you:
|Posted on October 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
I am frequently blown away by awesome things teachers do with my books. But this one is so beyond awesome, I just have to share it. Steven Ward, a teacher in Ohio, sent me the following note and photo:
I wanted to send you a picture of a class project our students did for Hate List.
It is a peace tree where students were able to place a thumb print in ink as a symbol of a leaf on the tree and sign it.
It is meant to symbolize the togetherness and the thought that all of us together can make our school better. They pledged to stand together to try to eliminate the demeaning segregation that happens in high school.
Thank you for the inspiration!
I mean, come on! Awesome, right?! Thank you, Mr. Ward! And thank you, Mr. Ward's students, for reading, and being inspired by, Hate List!
|Posted on October 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
Seems like I have been waiting for this conference foreeeever, and now it's finally almost here! Just in time for anti-bullying month, come join me, and a whole bunch of amazing authors, at the Less Than Three conference, a YA Lit/Anti-bullying conference designed to rally against bullying. TICKET SALES END ON SATURDAY, so get yours now!
What: Less Than Three Conference
Where: Saint Charles City-County Library District's Spencer Road Branch
When: Saturday, Oct. 19th, 8AM - 6:30PM
Why: Because bullying sucks and being part of the solution is awesome.
See you there!
|Posted on September 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM||comments (2)|
And they are beautiful! What do you think of the cover? I'm in love!
|Posted on May 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM||comments (1)|
Now that conference-palooza is over (thank you to ALL of you who came to see me, grab signed books and swag, etc.), I am in full preparation for my THOUSAND WORDS launch party. I haven't done a launch since HATE LISTcame out in 2009, so we are going all out!
In addition to a short reading and a signing, I am going to be giving away TONS of great stuff, including:
*A $300 photography package from Natasha Lynn Photography
*A Canon PowerShot digital camera with bag
*An original piece of THOUSAND WORDS-inspired artwork
*A $25 Shutterfly gift card
*Three "Mack's Candy Bag"
Plus bookmarks, swag, and cookies for everyone!
NOTE: if you are in the Lee's Summit school district, we are also making a THOUSAND WORDS mother-daughter summer read program, complete with luncheon in August. Check with your school librarian for details, or email me at email@example.com
So come on out and see me!
Where: Readers World, 983 NE Rice Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64086
When: Saturday, May 25th, 2PM
See you then!
|Posted on April 28, 2013 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
So excited, you guys! RT is coming to KC, so guess who wouldn't miss it for the world? That's right, this girl right here! Come see me!
Here's my schedule:
Friday, May 3rd:
YA PANEL: Let's Get Serious -- Tackling Issues in YA
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Mezzanine Level, Empire B
Saturday, May 4th:
Giant Book Signing: 11am - 2pm
NOTE: THE FIRST 20 PEOPLE AT MY SIGNING TABLE WILL RECEIVE A FREE SIGNED ARC OF THOUSAND WORDS!
Author Speed-Dating: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mezzanine Level, Empire A, B, and C
Teen Day party: 6:15pm - 8pm
|Posted on December 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
PERFECT ESCAPE is getting shiny new duds for its paperback release. Love those colors!