Advance copies of Born to Fly!

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It’s always an exciting day to get my first look at the advance copies of a new book. Of course, I secretly know they’re still full of typos… but still, it finally feels like the book is almost here. My new one, Born To Fly, tells the story of the 1929 Women’s Air Derby, the first-ever women’s cross-country airplane race – a nine-day, 2,800-mile contest full of adventure, controversy, and, yes, crashes. Lots more about the plot and main characters to come – but the photos alone tell such a great story…

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Walking and Talking with Jerry Craft

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The most popular book with my kids so far this year is Jerry Craft’s new graphic novel The New Kid. I’m a very big fan too, and it’s great to see the book getting so much well-deserved attention. Jerry came to my local bookstore, Northshire in Saratoga Springs, and I grabbed the opportunity to interview him for my comic. Check it out here!

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Walking and Talking with Kenneth Oppel

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How is writing a new novel like giving orders, like crossing a desert, like riding a sine wave? Kenneth Oppel explains in this new Walking and Talking comic…

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Walking and Talking with Cece Bell

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Here’s a new Walking and Talking comic, with the amazing and hilarious Cece Bell! We ran into each other at a conference in Frostburg, Maryland, so of course I asked if she’d be willing to star in an episode of my comic. I got to ask lots of questions I’ve been wondering about, including this one…

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Walking and Talking with Katherine Applegate

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I love when authors are open about the low points of the process, and there are always low points – even with books that wind up winning Newbery Medals. In this new Walking and Talking comic, Katherine Applegate makes an amazing confession about the creation of The One and Only Ivan. We also talk ideas, outlines, spying, and the key to it all: persistence.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinteresttumblrmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinteresttumblrmail

Children’s History Book Prize Finalist Interview

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The New York Historical Society has announced that Undefeated is one of four finalists for their 2018 Children’s History Book Prize! Readers can help choose the winner by voting – “polls” open the week of April 30. For now, here’s a really cool interview about the book – and you gotta love that they call the feature “History Detectives”!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinteresttumblrmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinteresttumblrmail

On Stage with Robert Ellsberg

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This was one of the coolest events I’ve ever done – a conversation with Robert Ellsberg, on stage at the New York Historical Society. Robert was just thirteen when he helped his father, Daniel Ellsberg, copy the top secret Pentagon Papers. Like his more famous father, Robert hoped the exposure of these government secrets would help end the Vietnam War. Plus, as he told me, “I wanted to help my dad.” You can hear a recording of our event here.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinteresttumblrmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinteresttumblrmail

Time Twisters trailer

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I’m back from two weeks on the road – introducing my new Time Twisters series at elementary schools all over the country. This short trailer get across the main idea really well. And I couldn’t ask for a better blurb than this one!

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Walking and Talking with Joseph Bruchac

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A few weeks ago, right after it snowed, I met up with Joseph Bruchac at Ndakkina Education Center, land that has been in Joe’s family for generations. It’s amazing place – my kids go to a great summer camp there – and perfect for a winter walk. In this Walking and Talking comic, Joe talks about writing from different perspectives, and the vital importance of listening and looking.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinteresttumblrmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinteresttumblrmail

Undefeated and a lot of lists

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It’s an honor to see Undefeated on the list of non-fiction finalists for the CYBILS – the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards for 2017! I think we’re in a sort of golden age of true stories, and it’s great to be a part of the action. Here’s the list of the finalists, along with other best-of lists that included Undefeated…

CYBILS – Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards

New York Times Notables

Washington Post – Best Children’s Books of 2017

Toronto Globe and Mail: The Globe 100 – Best Books of the Year

New York Public Library – Best Books for Teens

Hornbook Fanfare Best of 2017 List

Kirkus Best of 2017 List

Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017

Shelf Awareness – Best Children’s & Teen Books of the Year

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