New Book! Cover Reveal!

I am thrilled to show you the cover for my forthcoming book with National Geographic Kids, entitled Dog Days of History. It’s the history of the human/dog relationship from ancient times to the present. Releasing March 27th, 2018!

(Updated) Upcoming Events!


Here’s where I’ll be over the next several months (along with a lot of school visits that aren’t open to the public). I hope you’ll stop by to say hello if you’re in the area!

Thursday, November 9th
Connecticut Reading Association Conference,
Cromwell, CT (presenter)


Friday, November 17th – Sunday, November 19th
National Council of Teachers of English Conference
St. Louis, MO (presenter)


December, 2017 – January, 2018
I will be working on my next book!
January 25th – 28th
Kindling Words East Conference
Essex, VT
Thursday, February 1st
World Read Aloud Day!

Book Trailer Debut!

Please visit Mr. Schu’s blog here to see the unveiling of my new book trailer for Poison, which pubs September 5th!

Or just watch it here:

Booking School Visits Now!

Hey, Teachers and Librarians–

Please click through to my author visit page for details about school visits for the upcoming year. I am planning trips to California, Ohio, Missouri, Texas (I hope!), and the Virginia/DC area, and would be happy to talk about adding your school to my itinerary. Contact me for details.

Thousand Islands Book Festival

On Saturday, June 3rd, from 9 am to 3 pm, I’ll be here, at the Thousand Islands Book Festival in Cape Vincent, New York. Hope to see some of my friends and readers there!

Spring Into Summer Reading Book Festival

New England friends–

On Thursday, May 11th, I’ll be one of a group of visiting authors signing books at the Chenery (MA) Middle School Spring Into Summer Reading Author Festival. I hope you’ll stop by!

Nonfiction Joy


I had a chance to talk about nonfiction writing with educator JoEllen McCarthy and two of my favorite fellow NF writers, Loree Griffin Burns and Melissa Stewart, as part of the Educator Collaborative’s Spring gathering–and it’s been archived. If you want to listen to our session, you can watch it here.

MRA Conference

On Thursday, April 7th, I’ll be at the Massachusetts Reading Association annual conference. Author Melissa Stewart and I will be conducting a workshop called Clearing the Writing Road Blocks, One at a Time. Our session is at 1 pm, and there’s a signing and author “meet and greet” later in the afternoon, from 5 to 6:30.


Picture Perfect–How to Find and Use Images Legally

I have a guest post about how teachers and students can search for and use images for their informational writing projects. It’s here at Melissa Stewart’s blog — I hope you’ll check it out!

Cover Reveal for my Next Book!

I hope you’ll click through to my post at the Nerdy Book Club to see the cover for my new book, which is due out September 5th. I hope you like it!