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I was a big reader in middle grade but shamefully admit that most of my favorites (series like Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High and anything by the still amazing Judy Blume) featured privileged, white characters. I realize only now what a narrow view of the world I had as a result. Diversity in children’s […]

Looking ahead to 2021

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I thought I’d provide one last “news and views” for 2020. I’ve been very busy since attending the virtual SCBWI/Smithsonian Nonfiction workshop at the beginning of November. The workshop was not as good as it would have been in person but I was super impressed with […]

CRISPR and… Saved by Science!

UPDATE: I had a great time talking to Dr. Mark Poznansky today (despite the technical difficulties)! If you want to watch, the recording is here: *** I just finished reading Saved by Science and can’t wait to talk to Dr. Mark Poznansky in this Facebook Live event tomorrow. To tune in, follow this link: […]


I love this Inside Science interview with Samuel Acheampong, a scientist who’s using CRISPR to edit sweet potatoes. Now you might think that sweet potatoes are fine just they way they are. But the traditional variety grown in Ghana (and most of Africa) is low in beta carotene – a vitamin important to everything from […]

CRISPR and… The Nobel Prize!

Amazing news! After all the research I did for CRISPR: A Powerful Way to Change DNA, I pretty much feel like I know these two amazing scientists. Read more about it at CBC News. CONGRATULATIONS to Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier!! I’m sending you a copy of my book. xo

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