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I'm an author and arts administrator living in New England with my family and pugs. I'm also a caffeine addict and voracious reader. My latest middle grade fantasy novel, HOLLOW DOLLS, is available now from Sourcebooks Young Readers!

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I’m beyond thrilled that The Star Shepherd is finally out in the world this week! It’s such a special story and I’m so proud I’ve had the chance to be part of this project, co-authored and illustrated with Dan Haring. The Star Shepherd is about a boy and his dog, stars and family, saving the world and finding one’s own path. I hope you love it as much as we do!

“Readers will relish this fantasy with high suspense and clever plot twists. Highly recommended.”

-School Library Connection


Neil Gaiman meets How to Train Your Dragon in this beautifully illustrated middle-grade novel about a boy, his trusted dog, and his best friend, as they race to save the stars before their light is extinguished for good.

When the world first formed, the night was black and filled with dark creatures. The Elders knew their people couldn’t survive under such a threat. So they gave their hearts to the sky in the form of stars to keep evil away.

Now, eleven-year-old Kyro is a Star Shepherd like his father. He’s spent his life tucked away in the small town of Drenn. There, the family watches the night sky for falling stars―and rushes to rescue them when they do.

When too many stars start falling at once, and disappearing before they can be saved, Kyro’s father journeys to report the threat. But when he doesn’t return, Kyro, with the help of his best friend, Andra, and his trusty dog, Cypher, must find a way to save the stars before the dark creatures make a terrifying return.

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Join Dan Haring and I as we celebrate the launch of The Star Shepherd! Events will include reading, Q&A, book signing, and general revelry. 🙂
Monday, 9/16/2019, 7pm
Anderson’s Bookshop
Naperville, IL
Saturday, 9/21/2019, 3pm
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA

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Spring Events for RAVENOUS

It’s May! Which means it’s finally getting warmer, my birthday is only a couple weeks away, and Ravenous has now been out for almost 3 months (which is just crazy).

It also means I’ll be crawling out of hibernation to do more events around New England, including a series of informal conversations on science fiction and fantasy in middle grade with author Monica Tesler (Bounders).  It’s going to be a lot of fun!


I’ll be signing books and handing out swag at all these events, and at some there might just be a raccowl or sperrier to giveaway just for fun. 🙂 I’d love to see you there!

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Monstrous Things Tour

monstrousthingsthumbIt’s almost October and that means it’s time for fall, pumpkins, pretty-colored leaves, and most importantly…


That’s right monsters. Because of our mutual love of all things Frankenstein, me and the fabulous Mackenzi Lee (whose amazing book THIS MONSTROUS THING just came out this week!!) have teamed up to spread the monster-love to several bookstores across New England. We hope you can join us for some monster trivia, candy, and spooky bookish fun!


Monstrous Things Book Tour

Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ 2pm
Books on the Square, Providence, RI

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 @ 6:30pm
Water Street Books, Exeter, NH

Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 6pm
Boston Public Library (Copley Square), Boston MA

Friday, October 30, 2015 @ 7pm
Ugly Dog Books, Attleboro, MA

Do you love spooky books, too? Be sure to check out the excellent All Hallows Read recommendations for 2015 and give someone a scary book for Halloween!



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May 2015 (or the Month of ALL the Events!)

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted (and I promise a post on the launch party for Monstrous is forthcoming!), but I have a bunch of awesome events coming up in May that I must share.

Hudson Children’s Book Festival

First, I’m so excited that I’ll be at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015 – if you’re in the Hudson, NY area, please come by and say hello!


Children’s Book Week

On Thursday May 7 @ 7pm I’ll be joining several other authors including Lori Goldstein (Becoming Jinn), Jen Brooks (In a World Just Right), and Jen Malone (At Your Service) for an Epic YA & MG Book Trivia Night brought to you by the Boston Teen Author Festival at the Cambridge Library.


BooksontheSquare Then on Saturday, May 9 @ 3pm I’ll be at Books on the Square in Providence, RI for a panel and book-related scavenger hunt along with Cindy L. Rodriguez (When Reason Breaks) and Sandra Waugh (Lark Rising). It’s Kids Books Rock day at Books on the Square with several other authors and events!

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BEA GUYS. I’m going to be at BEA!!!! I’ll be signing Monstrous on Friday, May 29 at 9:30am. If you’ll be there too, I’d love to meet you 🙂
KAC And just to make that weekend even more awesome, I’ll be at the Kids Author Carnival on Saturday May 30 at the Jefferson Market Library! I’ve heard amazing things about last year’s carnival, and I’m so thrilled I get to be a part of this year’s!

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