Archive for the ‘ New Books ’ Category


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.    


What I’ve Been Up To…

For the couple months or so I’ve been busy with two things: finishing up the manuscript of a new book, and lots of travel and school visits. I talk a little about the upcoming book in this interview – and lots more to come soon. The highlight of my recent travel was getting to hang […]


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 […]


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 […]


Lies, Legos, and Richard Nixon: A New Book Trailer

My kids and I have gotten really into Lego animation recently, and I thought I could use our newfound skills to make a sort of book trailer for my new book, Most Dangerous. Basically, I took snippets audio from the Nixon White House tapes – with a focus on the parts where he plots to […]


PUBLICATION DAY

Okay, finally, the day is here – Most Dangerous is officially published. We’ll have a launch party tonight at my local bookstore in Saratoga Springs, and then I’ll head out on the road for a tour, speaking at bookstores and schools. For more info on stops, check out my events page. Also, I’ve been lucky […]


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 […]