The following is the text of the speech I delivered at the 2019 ALAN Workshop session on November 25, 2019: Thank you, Jason, for that introduction, and thank you to Steven Bickmore and ALAN for inviting me to speak today. And thank you to all of you who for some reason have not used this … Continue reading CRITICAL LIT THEORY AS PREPARATION FOR THE WORLD (2019 ALAN WORKSHOP SPEECH)
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
On Monday, Penguin Teen revealed the cover of PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING, my next book, out in June 2019 from Kokila/Penguin Random House! You can see the full cover and read an exclusive excerpt at the link above. The book tells the story of Jay Reguero, a Filipino American teen, who travels to the Philippines … Continue reading COVER REVEAL!
After five months of sitting on this secret, I can finally announce that my next book, PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING, will be out in summer of 2019 with Kokila Books (a new imprint of Penguin Random House)! (Add it to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!) This has been in the works for several months, so … Continue reading BOOK #3 ON THE WAY!
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
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!
Happy holidays, friends! According to Goodreads, I read 77 books this year. Of those, I tweeted a thread of my favorite 16 starting here. Retweet this tweet by the end of 2016 (Pacific Time) for a chance to win your choice from my favs. (Sorry, US only!)
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
Next weekend is B&N's inaugural national teen book festival. Stores around the country will be hosting events with MG & YA authors throughout the weekend. Here's where you can find me: Sat, June 11, 1-3pm - Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill, NJ with Jared Caracciolo and Michael Geisinger Sun, June 12, 1-3pm - Barnes … Continue reading B&N TEEN BOOK FEST
If you're in the area, this action is going down this weekend. Of course, there's a million other awesome YA authors participating, so be sure to check out the full schedule at nyctaf.com!