Hi, readers! I am proud to say that my children’s books have garnered starred reviews, as well as awards, including The SCBWI Golden Kite, Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, Sydney Taylor Notable,  ALA Notable, California Library Association Beatty Award, and others. They are also on many state lists. I work hard, but feel fortunate that I enjoy what I do.

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NEW MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL, COMING March, 2018: LOVE, PENELOPE, with illustrations by Lucy Knisley

*BOOKLIST, starred: “Penny’s optimism and resolve is a joyous testament to our complicated world.” 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: “touching and moving”

A girl writes letters to her unborn sibling during the 2014-2015 Golden State Warriors’ winning season, and the months approaching the historic 2015 Supreme Court decision lifting same-sex marriage bans nationwide.

NEW PICTURE BOOK, COMING 2019: GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter.