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Orca Footprints

For this post I’m doing something different. I’m reviewing two middle grade nonfiction books from the Orca Footprints series. Why? Mostly because it’s been months since I did a review. But also because I want to share some more good news: I just signed a contract to write a book for this series that will […]

Starfish

I first heard about Starfish through Nerdy Book Club. Lisa Fipp‘s author post resonated with me so deeply I knew I had to read her debut middle grade novel. I wasn’t really overweight as a child but I did struggle with an eating disorder in my preteens. I don’t talk about it often, probably because […]

Fighting Words

Words can’t describe how much I love this book. Based on how much I loved Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won, I expected to like Fighting Words. But I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Especially since it tackles difficult topics like […]

Not Giving Up

My (very supportive) husband’s always reminding me that whenever I get down about writing something always happens to keep me from quitting. I’m not going to lie–he’s had to remind me a lot lately. Rejection is hard. And even though it’s been ten years since the publication of my first book, Trouble in the Trees, […]

The Canyon’s Edge

I’m a big fan of Dusti Bowling. (See my review of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus.) So when I heard her latest title described as Hatchet by Gary Paulsen meets Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds I was already hooked! Still – I had no idea what an emotional journey it would […]

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