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Hi! I’m an author of books for young people.

Most of my stories have characters in them who think about the world just a little bit differently. Who knows – Maybe you will see yourself in them, or someone you know!

I’ve lived for many years both in the Northeast and Midwest, and I’ve even lived in South America for a short bit when I was a teenager, but now I live in California. I’ve loved everywhere we’ve lived. I’ve also had many different jobs, although the one job I love the best is writing books for you. Here’s a quick scoop on my books:

The Someday Birds (HarperCollins 2017), is about Charlie, a bird-loving boy on a life-changing journey across the country to see his injured dad. Charlie’s stuck in an old camper with his annoying siblings and a mysterious stranger at the wheel.

– New York Public Library Best Children’s Book of 2017
– Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award Winner for 2018
– Junior Library Guild Selection for 2017
– Goodreads Readers Choice Awards Semifinalist
⭐ Publishers Weekly Starred Review
⭐ Shelf Awareness Starred Review
– Five Stars from CommonSense Media
– ‘Nerdies’winner/The Nerdy Book Club

Click Here to Order THE SOMEDAY BIRDS from my local independent bookstore!

CLICK HERE to watch a short trailer about The Someday Birds

Stanley Will Probably Be Fine Stanley’s a comics trivia fanatic who grapples with anxiety. But he’s bravely entered Trivia Quest — a giant comics-trivia treasure hunt — to prove he can tackle his worries, score VIP passes to a big comic fest, and win back his ex–best friend. Along the way, he invents an imaginary superhero to help him cope.


Stanley Will PROBABLY Be Fine:

– Junior Library Guild Selection for 2018
– “Add to the growing list of intelligent books about kids whose brains operate outside the norm.” (Kirkus, *Starred* Review)
– “An excellent addition to promote social-emotional learning.” (School Library Journal)

Click Here to Pre-Order STANLEY from another fave local indie of mine!

CLICK HERE to watch a short TV clip where I talk about autism, books, and kids.

Benji, The Bad Day, & Me,, a picture book, will be out in late 2018 with Lee & Low. Sibling rivalry and neurodiversity, all wrapped in a big blue blanket. Illustrated by the great Ken Min.

For a bunch more book info, click the word “Books” in the column at left.

I’m a big advocate for neurodiversity and autism acceptance. In fact, I’m an #ownvoices writer. I once heard someone describe autism as “not a spectrum, so much as a constellation.” I love that. We are all stars shining with different lights.

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