Undefeated Win Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor!

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Amazing news: Undefeated has won a 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for nonfiction! In a weird and slightly awkward coincidence, I was at the award announcements. It was an event for librarians in New York City, and I’d spoken on a panel earlier in the day, and I was still there, sitting way back in the balcony, when this happened. Here’s the video of Roger Sutton and Kwame Alexander opening the envelopes. My favorite part is at 2:55 of the video – you’ll see why if you watch it…

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“The Librarian Is In” Features Undefeated

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I always say that librarians are my closest allies – we’re all working together to try to get books into the hands of kids and teens. So it’s especially cool to see Undefeated featured in this new New York Public Library podcast! I also did this recent newspaper interview about the book, and upcoming projects. Other than that, I’ve been traveling a lot, and trying to write on the road – not something I’m good at. At least I’ve found some pretty nice places to work…

My early morning office, on the San Antonio riverwalk.

A few days later, my office in Boulder…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Webinar with the World War II Museum

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I do a lot Skype visits with classes, and I feel pretty goofy talking into a webcam… but this program turned out well. It’s a student webinar about my book Bomb, produced by the amazing World War II Museum in New Orleans. Basically, I tell some of the stories from the book – similar to what I often do at school visits – and there are some cool scientific demonstrations.

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Here Be Monsters meets Benedict Arnold

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In this new episode of the podcast Here Be Monsters, I get to talk about two of my favorite subjects: why history textbooks suck, and Benedict Arnold!

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undefeated: deleted scenes

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In the editing process I always end up cutting details and scenes, sometimes some of my favorite stuff. With Undefeated, I wound up with even more deleted material than usual. I think it’s mainly because there are so many amazing stories about the early days of Carlisle football. I used a lot of these stories, but had to cut some too, so that we wouldn’t lose touch with Jim Thorpe, who wasn’t at Carlisle yet. Anyway, I saved all the stories, and was able to post some of my favorites on various websites:

The Carlisle team visits Chicago in 1896 to play in the world’s first indoor football game

Carlisle’s 1902 team overcomes injuries

An incredibly violent game between Harvard and Yale in 1894 sparks national debate

Student pranks at both Carlisle and West Point

Pop Warner’s one and only attempt to play pro football

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walking and talking with Rebecca Stead

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Very excited to share the newest edition of my Walking and Talking comic! Rebecca Stead starts off by saying she’s not sure how to write a novel – but then goes on to explain exactly how to do it. Totally different from how I set out to write a book, which is part of what makes the conversation so interesting.

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New York Times and Time for Kids!

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With the release date just a couple days away, Undefeated is getting some really great buzz! There’s a nice review in the New York Times. And then there’s this interview in Time for Kids. The young interviewer, Kade, asked some of the smartest and most thoughtful questions of any interviewer I’ve ever talked with.

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Talking Undefeated: New Interviews

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The publication date for Undefeated is getting close, and I had a chance today to talk about the new book with Joe Donahue on WAMC’s The Roundtable. I think Joe is one of the best interviewers of writers around, and it was a real honor to be on his show. I also did this cool new Q and A with BookPage. Just five more days till the book is officially out!

 

 

 

 

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New Podcast Interview

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I’m excited to be a part of this episode of the Rumble Strip podcast, with Erica Heilman. We talk about my life as a textbook writer, the politics of America’s creation story, and, naturally, Benedict Arnold’s leg. If I say so, I think the show is really cool.

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Got My Copies of UNDEFEATED!

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Got an exciting package in the mail – two finished copies of my upcoming book, Undefeated! The book will be out January 17, and it’s starting to get some nice reviews – like this one in Shelf Awareness.

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