A Book Launch!

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(Photo by my friend Michelle Sterling, the brains behind the #littlelitbookseries. You can find her here and here.)

My debut middle grade novel has been in the world and on shelves for a couple of weeks, and it has been such a special time. There was a reading and a kid-party and shiny gold pens and baseball cookies and Cracker Jacks and cool Insta-shots with baseball gloves.

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I even made the front page of the paper!

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But most importantly, there was this.

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And this.


Aren’t I lucky?

For more information about the book and links to order it, click here.

And Richmond-area-folk! I’ll be at bbgb on April 1st. Not a joke! Mark your calendars for 4pm. More info ASAP.

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A Rambler Steals Home


(available February 28 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

Three weeks from today, this book for middle graders (and the rest of us!) will be out in the world!

Have you heard? Here’s what you can find inside:

Garland, Derby, 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.

A big shout out to Brandon Dorman, the cover illustrator. I love this image so much. You’ll see this scene for the first time in the text on page It’s kind of a thing.

And here’s a bit of what you’ll find in the Acknowledgements of my book, a few sentences that celebrates this story’s beginning:

The first thing that showed up in my  heart was Garland’s Grill. It didn’t budge for a while, thanks to some busted wheels. But then there were some sparkling Christmas lights. There was a stadium, a turtle, and a Rambler. And then there was a girl.

That’s how stories start, from watching a bunch of small things. This bunch of small things became a story about the triumph of community and teamwork and finding families that look a little different than you’d imagined.

If you love books and parties and cookies shaped like baseballs, won’t you join me?


If you can’t make that party, but would like a personalized and/or signed copy, head here for all the details. Preorder links for other outlets are all here.

I’ll also be in Richmond, VA on April 1st at bbgb. Details to come.

Thanks for helping me celebrate this book! I’m looking forward to seeing it find its readers.


2017 Middle Grade Debuts


Look at all of those beautiful books! Each of these book covers has a lovely author (sometimes two!) behind it, and I am so lucky to be debuting a book with this bunch. If you just can’t wait to spend some holiday money, a preorder of one or all of these is a wonderful idea. Treat your shelf!

You can find us chatting books at both of these hashtags on Twitter: #mgdebuts + #2017mgdebuts. Come join us!

Want to download a flier for yourself or your favorite local bookstore or library? Click here.

Speaking of favorite local bookstores, I am honored to have partnered with my friends at Once Upon a Time Bookstore to offer autographed copies of my book. If you’d like to preorder a copy of A Rambler Steals Home, just call (818-248-9668) or stop in.

Additional preorder links here, but don’t forget your local bookstores. They are doing important work!


Happy New Year to you and yours, and happy reading!


The Friendship Experiment meets A Rambler Steals Home


The thing with publishing is that it’s always going to be easier (and more fun!) to navigate if you have some people by your side.

The thing with those people is that you didn’t know you would become friends, but you did.

I feel super lucky to have bumped into Erin Teagan along this road. We share a publisher and an editor and lots of the nitty gritties of this whole thing, and it’s been so wonderful to know her. She is smart and kind and has been the best encourager. And here’s the cover of her middle grade novel, The Friendship Experiment

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Don’t you love it? You can get it on November 1st, 2016!

I’m leaning on her every move because my book comes out a couple months later, in February of 2017. Have you seen its cover yet?


And over the past year-ish, we’ve both been lucky enough to get to know many other debut middle grade authors. If you are looking to spruce up your shelves, this is a spectacular place to start.

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Friends stick together. Put Maddie and Derby in your get-to-know-and-read-and-love pile. We can’t wait for you to get to know them!