COMPLEXITY IN YA

I was invited to join a session at this year's NCTE convention about complexity in YA literature. As part of the session, Dr. Jennifer Buehler (author of  Teaching Reading with YA Literature: Complex Texts, Complex Lives) and Dr. Cathy Fleisher asked me and the other authors (Elizabeth Acevedo, David Arnold, Sharon Draper, David Levithan, Emily X.R. Pan, & … Continue reading COMPLEXITY IN YA

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AFTER THE SHOT DROPS NOW ON AUDIOBOOK!

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS is now available on audiobook! Thanks to JB Adkins and Ramón de Ocampo for bringing Bunny and Nasir to life! As an avid audiobook listener and believer in Universal Design for Learning, I'm thrilled that my story is now accessible to even more readers. Check out a sample here. To purchase: Listening … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS NOW ON AUDIOBOOK!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

After the Shot Drops hits shelves today! Much love to the team that helped bring this story to life: To Kathryn—thank you for pretty much everything. I am a better writer and a better human being because of you. Thank you for reading so many drafts of everything I write, for board game date nights, for … Continue reading ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS COVER REVEAL + CHAPTER ONE!

A little over a week ago, Paste Magazine hosted the cover reveal for my next book, After the Shot Drops which comes out on March 6, 2017 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I might be biased, but I'm all about it! The designer (whose name I don't know yet) did an amazing job of creating some beautiful imagery … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS COVER REVEAL + CHAPTER ONE!

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS

As a debut novelist, I lived with the constant fear that my first book would be so horrible or sell so poorly that I'd never publish anything ever again. Well, in your face, crippling self-doubt! I've sold my next YA novel to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Here's the announcement from Publisher's Weekly: And you can add … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS