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IMG_9253It’s August 2nd, which means THE SMALLER EVIL is now officially out and in the wild. It’s a book I love for all its strangeness and questions; its moral ambiguity and its pursuit of what it means to belong. The main character, Arman, is tasked with figuring out whether the source of his unhappiness is internal and external. Is something wrong with him? Or is it his environment?

I was speaking just yesterday with someone about the ways in which the scientific method allows us to understand our physical, measurable world. Philosophy, on the other hand, allows us … read the rest

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DELICATE MONSTERS wins the 2016 Northern California Book Award

IMG_8639I was thrilled a few weeks ago to learn that DELICATE MONSTERS had been nominated for this year’s Northern California Book Award in the Children’s Literature for Older Readers category, along with Tamara Ireland Stone’s fabulous EVERY LAST WORD, Sabaa Tahir’s gorgeous AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, and Kate Schatz’s amazing and beautifully illustrated RAD AMERICAN WOMEN A-Z: REBELS, TRAILBLAZERS, & VISIONARIES WHO SHAPED OUR HISTORY…AND OUR FUTURE! (illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl).IMG_8639

I was lucky enough to get to attend the award ceremony this past weekend in San Francisco, and it was such a special event. Having grown up … read the rest

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YALLWEST schedule and more

Hello! This is a quick post with information on where I’ll be this weekend at YALLWEST in Santa Monica. My schedule will be as follows:


Signing: 12 noon

Panel: 1:00 pm
Humanities Building
Why do some writers choose to reflect their personal experiences in their books, while others use fiction to explore something completely new or different?
Moderated by Stephanie Kuehn, with John Corey Whaley, Brandy Colbert, Alex Gino, Julie Murphy, Sarah Burnes, Jo Volpe, Jodi Reamer, Erin Stein, Richard Abate



Panel: 1:00 pm
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A March hare, a blurb, COMPLICIT's release day, and more


So far it’s managed to rain the entire month of March. Seeing as I’m in California, that’s been a good thing. Our hills are green; our Sierras white. Other good things have happened this March, too. My daughter, my mother, and I recently traveled to Turlock for the state Rabbit and Cavy Convention (cavies are guinea pigs). My daughter shows her Netherland dwarf and does 4-H showmanship (where she’s judged on how she presents her rabbit), and we also got her a new rabbit: a broken baby Polish buck she has named Harlequin (broken refers to his color). … read the rest

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