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- Award received -  

 The children of Oregon, Washington, and Montana honored me by naming  
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel / (divided by) 1 Dog = Chaos
the winner of the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award.


 For more about 8 Class Pets, including to see other awards for which the book is currently nominated, click here.

- Latest author visit -

I visited (did not present at) the Teen Book Festival in Rochester, NY on May 16, where I listened in on 4 of the many presentations going on throughout the day.

For more pictures from the Teen Book Fest, click here.

- Announcing! -

First look at my next book, 23 Minutes, coming next Spring (2016) from Boyds Mills Press

(Don't you just love it!)


- Cool news! -

I have been named the 2015 Empire Award winner.  This award is given by the New York Library Association's Youth Services Section and, in their own words, "is presented to a New York State author to honor a body of work which represents excellence in children’s and young adult literature for young people."


To read announcement in the Greece Post, click here.


- Upcoming author visit -



Thousand Islands Book Festival

June 6, 2015:  9:30 – 3:30 
Cape Vincent Elementary School
410 S. Esselstyne Street, Cape Vincent, NY

- currently nominated for the following awards -
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel (divided by) 1 Dog = Chaos

  • 2015/2016 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award for the Intermediate Division (Grades 3-5)
  •  2016 Monarch Award (Illinois) 
  • 2015/2016 Maud Hart Lovelace (Minnesota) Book Award, Division 1 (grades 3-5)
    To learn more about 8 Class Pets, click here .


    •  2015-2016 Young Hoosier Book Award (Indiana), Intermediate Division 

    To read more about Frogged, click here.


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    - Website News -
    Notice the Study Guides flag.
    That's the place to go if you're interested in activities, discussion questions, or study guides for my books.  For the moment, there are only three (for 8 Class Pets, Curses, Inc., and Heir Apparent).  So, if you've written a study guide or quizz for one of my other books and you're willing to share, please contact:
    Lucy Giglio, Author Booking Agent