Archive for the ‘ New Books ’ Category


Walking and Talking with Katherine Applegate

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, […]


Time Twisters trailer

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!


Undefeated Wins Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor!

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 Librarian Is In” Features Undefeated

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. […]


undefeated: deleted scenes

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, […]


New York Times and Time for Kids!

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.


Talking Undefeated: New Interviews

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 […]


Got My Copies of UNDEFEATED!

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.


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.” […]