Archive for the ‘ New Books ’ Category


“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.” […]


The Blank Slate

Yes, it’s that time again – time to take down the storyboard, clean up the piles of books and magazines. I’m finally done with my upcoming book: UNDEFEATED: JIM THORPE AND THE CARLISLE INDIAN SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM – no more changes allowed! So I’m cleaning up my office, getting ready for what comes next. Now […]


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 […]


Most Dangerous wins the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award!

Here’s some nice news – Most Dangerous has won the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction! Check out the award announcement video here. Congratulations to all the writers honored by these great awards. I look forward to seeing you all in Boston.