Last Updated July 31st, 2016
My novel We Are the Goldens was released in May 2014. Nell worships her older sister, Layla. They're one unit, intertwined: Nellayla. As Nell and her best friend, Felix, start their freshman year in high school, on Layla's turf, there's so much Nell looks forward to: Joining Layla on the varsity soccer team. Parties. Boys. Adventures.
But the year takes a very different turn. Loyalty. Love. Betrayal.
Odessa Again, a novel for younger readers, was released in May 2013. Fourth grader Odessa's dad is getting remarried, which makes no sense to Odessa. If the prefix "re" means "to do all over again," shouldn't he be remarrying Mom? When something unusual causes Odessa to go back in time a whole day, she sets out to reunite her parents. Learn more about Odessa Again.
My fifth novel, The Summer I Learned to Fly, was released in 2011. It's about a girl who hangs out at her mom's cheese store and the boy who collects the day-old bread from the alley. It's about what happens when they find each other. It's about taking risks, embracing life, and searching for miracles. Learn more about the book.
I am honored to announce that The Things a Brother Knows received the Sydney Taylor Book Award and the California Book Award. It has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal, and it was named to multiple Best Books of the Year lists for 2010. The Things a Brother Knows is the story of Levi, who's been waiting three years for his older brother, Boaz, to return from his tour of duty. Learn more about the book.
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Oh, you wanted some more news? Hmmm...
There's never all that much news to report in the life of a writer. A typical newsflash might look something like this: Today I woke up too early, got the kids off to school, and sat down and managed to bang out a few sentences before noticing that it was afternoon and I was still in my pajamas.