Archive for the ‘ New Books ’ Category


Born To Fly book trailer!

I always wanted to make movies, so it was fun to put together this trailer for my new book, Born to Fly. Okay, now back to my actual job…


New reviews for Born to Fly!

Happy to report that Born to Fly has gotten two more starred reviews, from School Library Journal and the The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. And here’s a really great new one from Shelf Awareness. (Yes, I particularly like the “barn burner” line)…


Publishers Weekly KidsCast

Here’s a new online interview with PW about my upcoming book, Born to Fly. The book will finally be out in September!


New Time Twisters Coming!

In between writing my ‘serious’ nonfiction books, I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with history/comedy mashups for my new Time Twisters chapter book series. Books 3 and 4 in the series – Neil Armstrong and Nat Love, Space Cowboys, and Amelia Earhart and the Flying Chariot – will be out June 25. Publishers […]


Advance copies of Born to Fly!

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 […]


Walking and Talking with Kenneth Oppel

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…  


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. […]