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Walking and Talking with Grace Lin

Finally, after a long hiatus (I was writing a book and stuff) I’ve got a new Walking and Talking comic, this time with a favorite in my family, Grace Lin. I loved hearing about her process, especially how much she struggles with first drafts, and how the only way she gets anything done is by […]


The First Reviews for UNDEFEATED!

My new book, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, will finally be out on January 17, 2017 – and it’s off to a good start, with a starred review in Kirkus. It also got a star from Booklist, which says the book features “stylish writing that tells an always absorbing story.” […]


Two New Interviews

Been keeping a pretty low profile these days, while I finish up work on the new book. Lots more on that soon. But I recently did a couple of interviews, which I think had some interesting questions. The first was with Tim Podell for his podcast Good Conversations. We talked mainly about Most Dangerous. Next […]


Walking and Talking with Kate DiCamillo

Here’s the newest Walking and Talking, with the great Kate DiCamillo! Kate came to Saratoga Springs a couple weeks ago for an event at Northshire Bookstore, and, thanks to my wife Rachel (events manager at Northshire), I got a chance to chat with her about her new novel, Raymie Nightingale, and her writing process. Basically, […]


Walking and Talking with M.T. Anderson

Here’s the latest in my series of Walking and Talking comics – M.T. Anderson! Tobin (he said I could call him that) is known and loved for his fiction, so it was interesting to talk about his latest work, the incredibly ambitious and moving YA nonfiction book, Symphony for the City of the Dead. Why […]


New Podcast Interview

So I just had a chance to do an extended interview for this new podcast – Actually: Where YA Gets Real. As their website says, “Each episode will feature a hot topic for discussion, plus a reading from the interview guest’s work.” I love the idea, and I think I was their first-ever guest. Interestingly, […]


Walking and Talking with Dav Pilkey

Just finished a new Walking and Talking comic – this time with my son’s favorite author (other than me, I hope) Dav Pilkey! You may need a bit of familiarity with the Captain Underpants books to get some of the gags, but hopefully it works either way. We talk about the origins of Captain Underpants […]


Two New Audio Programs

While I’m plugging away on revising the next book, it’s fun to take short breaks to talk about the books that are already out there. In this audio resource from the amazing Teaching Books website, I give a quick summary of Most Dangerous, and then read a short excerpt. Then there’s this new segment from […]


Walking and Talking with Tim Federle

My newest Walking and Talking comic – with the great Tim Federle – is now up on Betsy’s Bird’s Fuse #8 blog! I’m a huge fan of Tim’s NATE novels, and on a recent car trip I got my whole family into the audio book of BETTER NATE THAN EVER. Tim reads – or really, […]


New Comic / Washington Post

After a pretty long break from the Walking and Talking comics (trying to finish up a first draft of the next book) I’m back to it this month with a new one starring the Deborah Wiles! And in other news, the release date for Most Dangerous inches closer. I just saw this great new review […]