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Author Fan Face-off: The Miscalculations of Lighting Girl

Here’s episode #3 of Author Fan Face-off, with Stacy McAnulty and her math-filled novel The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl!


Author Fan Face-off: The Great Greene Heist

Here’s episode 2 of Author Fan Face-off, with guest author Varian Johnson going up against a true superfan of his novel The Great Greene Heist!


Author Fan Face-off with Mr. Lemoncello!

Check out a new video series I’m trying out – Author Fan Face-off! In each episode, one famous author and one student/fan go head to head on 10 trivia questions from one of the author’s best loved books. My co-host is super-librarian Stacey Rattner. Our first guest author is Chris Grabenstein and the featured book […]


SLJ Cover Story!

Here’s something I never expected to see – me, as a cartoon by the comics legend Stan Mack, on the cover of School Library Journal! SLJ is generously offering free online access to the magazine during this time – check it out here.


New comic in The Horn Book

The Horn Book is doing a very cool and generous thing during this crisis – allowing anyone to read the full magazine online for free. And it just so happens that I have a comic in the new May/June edition! It’s a special “Breaking the Rules” edition, and they invited a bunch of writers to […]


Rabbi Harvey Q and A

My very first book, even before I started writing nonfiction, was a graphic novel called The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey. I did three Harvey books – and still hope to do more some day. Meanwhile, here’s a quick video in which I answer some reader questions about the books and show how I draw the […]


Walking and Talking with Candace Flemming

Here’s a first: a Walking and Talking comic with social distancing. Usually I interview fellow writers in person wherever we happen to meet, and I use that location for the comic. This time, Candace Fleming is in Chicago, and I’m home in upstate New York. A sign of the strange and scary times, I guess, […]


Nonfiction Man #2!

Very excited to share the continuing adventures of Nonfiction Man and his daughter, Anna. We write these comics together, and take turns drawing every other panel. This is my idea of homeschool – writing, history, art, a bit of technology… and, hopefully, a few laughs. See what you think!


A new writing exercise

While we’re all stuck at home… Here’s a short writing exercise I do a lot in schools – we take a scene from my book Bomb and write our own versions. Let me know how it goes!


Deleted Scene from BOMB

Note: this chapter appeared at the end of Part 2, right after the chapter called “High Concentration.” My editor thought it was too much of a diversion from the book’s main plot – that is, the race to build and steal the bomb. In hindsight, I’ve come to agree with her. See what you think… […]