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Works

Scholastic novels

I am the author of 12 novels for kids and teens, all from Scholastic, including: 
 
Called "a sharp, sympathetic insight into poverty, family, friendship, and forgiveness" by Kirkus Reviews, ON THIN ICE was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and an Isinglass Award finalist. 
 
Publishers Weekly called POLARIS "a chilling tale of horror on the high seas… Sure to linger after the lights have been turned out." Legendary Goosebumps author R.L. Stine put it more simply: "This story is scary fun. Loved it!"
 
A bestselling, worldwide phenomenon when it was released in 2015, the five-book TOMBQUEST series brought the magic and mystery of Ancient Egypt to modern-day NYC and conjured up editions in the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, South America, Catalonia, Turkey, and even Iran!
 
Indie Next List selection TRAPPED may be about seven students stranded in their high school by a massive blizzard, but according to Booklist, "the pages turn like wildfire"!
 
Davey is in over his head, and he's SURROUNDED BY SHARKS in this thriller selected for both the American Library Association/YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and the Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year. 
 
Publishers Weekly called PLUNKED "an uncommonly thoughtful baseball novel" and The New York Public Library named this NPR Backseat Book Club pick one of the best chapter books of the year. 
 
The reviews were anything but ROTTEN for this tale of a troubled teen, a rescued Rottweiler, and an unlikely friendship, with the Christian Science Monitor calling it "a laugh-out-loud book, with so many things to love."
 
My gritty YA debut GENTLEMEN burst out of the gates with multiple starred reviews, with Booklist calling it "a rare sort of book that may work just as well for reluctant readers as it will avid ones" and The New York Times just calling it "Creepy." (Fair!)
 

Scholastic novels

Dear Justice League

One of the Today Show's 26 Best Children's Books of 2019!
 
One of Polygon's 50 Best Comics for Kids!
 
One of Comicon's 7 Best Original Graphic Novels of 2019!
 
A unanimous selection for the Texas Library Association's Little Maverick reading list! 
 
"A clever idea, smartly executed." –NPR
 
⭐️ "'Dear Abby' meets the DC universe. Young superhero fans and reluctant readers will devour this sweet and funny graphic novel." –School Library Journal, starred review
 
"The heroes we love are more lovable than ever in this clever, laugh-out-loud funny and action-packed adventure. Dear Justice League definitely does the JLA justice!" —Jerry Craft, Newbery Medal–winning author of New Kid
 
"The best kids' comic I've read all year… Charming from cover to cover."—Polygon
 
Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman's eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they're not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid. Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations, DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE gives readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!

 

Dear Justice League

More from me and DC

Justice is served (impeccably!) in YOUNG ALFRED: PAIN IN THE BUTLER, the story of how Batman's legendary butler got his start. 
 
Superheroes give great advice. The crew in DEAR DC SUPER-VILLAINS? Not so much. (But it's funny!) 

 

TEEN TITANS GO!: UNDEAD?! These zombies are hungry for brains. They're, uh, probably in the wrong place. 

 

More from me and DC