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available for preorder now // releasing February 28, 2017

Meet Derby Christmas Clark, a rambler of the road.

Derby, Garland, and Triple Clark spend each season traveling highways and byways in their Rambler—until summer, when small-town Ridge Creek, Virginia, calls them back. There they settle in, selling burgers and fries out of Garland’s Grill after each game the Rockskippers play in their battered minor-league baseball stadium.

Derby’s summer traditions bring her closer than she’s ever been to a real home that isn’t on wheels, but this time, her return to Ridge Creek reveals unwelcome news. Now the person Derby loves most in town needs her help—and yet finding a way to do so may uncover deeply held stories and secrets.

Told in Derby’s unforgettable voice, this warm-hearted debut novel is about taking risks, planting roots, and discovering the true definition of home.


This is Not a Valentine (Chronicle Books, 2017), a tribute to the trials and tribulation of love and crushes in an elementary school classroom. Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins.

Everything You Need for a Treehouse (Chronicle Books, 2018), a celebration of the creativity and timeless adventure of building a treehouse. It’s where daydreams meet dirt, from the roots to looking up. Illustrated by Emily Hughes.