Selected Works

A Young Adult Novel, 2014
A Young Adult novel, 2012
Adults and Young Adults
A 2010 Green Earth Book Awards Honor Book
Younger Readers
A new twist to a very old story. Beautifully illustrated by Heather Solomon.
A tall tale from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Winner of the 2002 Charlotte Zolotow Award for best writing in a picture book. Available in hardcover and paperback.
Works in Progress
A new YA novel
A collection of essays about Fairy Tales

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January 5, 2013

office chaos 2013
I have started a new novel. This means that I have a recently published novel (Four Secrets), a submitted for publication novel (Beetle Boy), a recently finished novel (How She Left), and now...a new as yet untitled novel unfolding. All four of these projects fill my imagination and my office and the various notebooks scattered through my house. Right now feels particularly chaotic and I am not quite sure what to do about it. How to become more organized for a more productive 2013? I am stumped. I have begun cleaning out my office--this may help, although much of the creative jumble is inside my head.

One good thing--the novel I have started is taking shape nicely. I feel that I have made the right choice about what to do next. I will soon be at the place where there is no turning back, where the novel insists on full arrival.

And I am so happy about my new granddaughter Beatrice and all the promise that she brings for 2013 and beyond.