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On the Radio… About School Visits!

Yesterday I got some amazing letters from students that I got meet at a school visit last month… “You inspired me to believe I can do anything.” “I have many obstacles in my life, and I’m glad to know I can get through it.” “I once got bullied and I lost all my hope, and… Read more »

What a Launch Week!

Wow. This week has been quite similar to having an actual baby: with all the deep deep emotions and not nearly enough sleep. And now that I’ve had two human babies, I know that as momentous as this week feels, that combination of exhaustion and full-on emotions will make it hard to remember later. So,… Read more »

Digging Deeper – With Just One Day to Go!

Tomorrow THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS will launch into the world, and I am overflowing with emotions.  A good chuck of those emotions are connected to how excited OTHER people are about this book! I’m honored to have been interviewed by high school student, Kester Necum. You can read Kester’s interview here.   I’m… Read more »

Our First Trade Review!

THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS has gotten its first trade review, and it’s a STARRED REVIEW from School Library Journal!!!   You can read the full review at Barnes and Noble. I’ve also been so touched by the reviews written by teachers and librarians who have read advance copies of the book and see… Read more »

#MGBookChat: Building Book Access in Book Deserts

What a fast and furious — and fabulous — #MGBookChat we had last night on Twitter. I had the privilege of co-hosting it with Susan Sullivan, and we focused on the topic of “Building Book Access in Book Deserts.” If you missed it, here are some of the highlights!  

A Book Trailer!

I am so excited about this book trailer that students at Brattleboro Area Middle School put together for The Benefits of Being an Octopus. To celebrate, I’m giving away one advanced reader copy of my book! If you’re on Twitter, here’s the tweet with the details. If you’re not on Twitter, leave a comment below… Read more »

A Pre-Order Campaign and a Partnership!

Exciting News! My pre-order campaign launches today! Not only do pre-orders play a key role in a book’s success, but when you pre-order THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS from Bartleby’s Books, you… 1) Support a fabulous independent bookstore 2) Get a signed, personalized copy 3) Get a pair of super cool octopus tattoos, AND 4) Support… Read more »

On Goodreads!

  It’s now possible to add THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS to your Goodreads to-read list!   Just click this button, and then click on the arrow next to “Want-to-Read” and select “Want to Read” to get it to register.    

An Official Title!

Coming up with the right title for a novel is always a process. I had the working title I used when writing it, but I knew that wouldn’t be the final version. A year ago, I bounced ideas off my critique partners, but none of them felt quite right. Over the past month, my editor… Read more »

It is official!

In just over a year from now, The Benefits of Being an Octopus (previously titled Zoey and the Screaming Monkeys) will be an actual book. Actual readers will be able to read it. This is serious.