Selected Works

A Rather Adult 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 middle grade novel
A collection of essays about Fairy Tales

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Some Great News about FOUR SECRETS

May 16, 2013

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Wonderful recent news about my novel FOUR SECRETS. It was listed by Booklist reviewer Ilene Cooper as one of the TOP TEN crime fiction novels for young readers in 2013. The rest of the distinguished list is here. I am so encouraged and grateful for this distinction because I worked so hard on the plot of FOUR SECRETS and on the slow and methodical revelation of the secrets. The whole time I was doing it, I was wondering if it was working. If the plot would hold water. If it was the right balance of suspense and revelation.
It was like writing my first folktale (CLEVER BEATRICE), a time of uncertainty and self-doubt (which needed to be ignored), followed by true feelings of accomplishment.

FOUR SECRETS took me to a new place as a writer and this is the best thing about pushing your creative limits.