I'm an award-winning writer and ghostwriter who has published over 40 books for young people, from picture books to middle grade novels, biographies, and non-fiction. Past awards include the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s Golden Kite Honor, the Western Writers of America Spur Award, the Minnesota Youth Reading Award, the Alice Curtis Desmond Award, and the School Library Media Specialists’ Rip van Winkel Award.
I am an editorial advisor to Walker Books, and have worked as a project editor and literary consult for Oxford University Press, an editorial consultant and writer for One Hundred Robots, Inc., and as writer/editor for Benchmark Education, and previously worked for a top New York literary agency. I freelance in all genres as an editor and ghostwriter, and give seminars that provide an overview of writing and publishing children’s books. My combined experience in publishing/agenting, as a writer, and as an editor gives me detailed knowledge of the expectations and criteria for manuscripts in today’s demanding traditional publishing market.
While spending the summer in an old stone house in Wales, fourteen-year-old Cristyn comes to terms with the death of her mother while satisfying the request of a thirteenth-century princess.
This dramatic, suspenseful narrative reads like an adventure story-but it is true. In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and a twenty-seven-man crew set off on an expedition to reach and cross Antarctica. Just a month and a half into the voyage, their ship, the Endurance, was caught fast in heavy pack ice. The men had no radio contact, and no one knew where they were or even that they were in trouble... read more
Balto has a quiet life as a sled dog—until tragedy strikes. Dozens of children in Nome become sick with diphtheria. Without antitoxin serum, they will perish—and the closest supply is 650 miles away! The only way to get the serum to Nome is by sled, but can the dogs deliver it in time? Heading bravely into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads the race for life.A Kansas City Children’s Book Award for... read more
Lily's Likes: Recording daily events in her notebook, alphabetizing books on her shelves, writing top-ten lists.Lily's Dislikes: Family outings, people who make their own beds in hotels (like her mother), and most of the items in her closet.Favorite Meal: Tacos and root beer.Favorite Daydream: Winning the Congressional Medal of Honor by saving the President from attack dogs using only a rainco... read more
Fabulously illustrated by H. B. Lewis, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel's hilarious romp through the land of be-careful-what-you-wish-for offers a whole year's worth of holiday fun magic.This year, I was very specific in my letter to Santa Claus.Each year at Christmas, Joe writes a letter to Santa. But they've had a few misunderstandings in the past. Last year, for example, Joe wanted a fire-engine-red r... read more
Ladies First introduces young readers to 40 American women of achievement who were first in their field. A full-page portrait begins each informative three-page profile. The life stories of these women are as inspiring as they are diverse. The book provides a vital starting point for report writers and researchers, and a rich source of information for fact lovers of all ages. Who was the first... read more
Every kid loves to go with his or her parents to work, no matter what they do for a living. But imagine how cool it would be if your dad was responsible for changing the lightbulbs at the tippy-top of the Empire State Building! Readers will be amazed by the little-known details this book provides about one of the most recognizable buildings in the world (how does a person get all the way up th... read more
Middle school is an Entirely New Planet. The girls look fully grown in the most glamorous and complicated ways, and the boys look . . . well, weird. The good news? Drama Club. Real Drama Club?with actual auditions, and roles involving more than the days of the week. Phoebe Hart has waited a long time for this. The stage, after all, is the one place the ?flawed and unremarkable? Phoebe can let ... read more
In the tradition of the loveable but flawed heroines from Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson Books, Kathleen O'Dell's Agnes Parker novels, and Lois Lowry's Anastasia Krupnik books comes Elizabeth Cody Kimmel's Kat Roberts. All Kat wants is to be normal, or at least to look that way to students at her new school. But her mother is a medium, and not the kind that fits in between small and large... read more
Harriet the hamster has a problem. All around her at Hamster World, hamsters are being adopted, while she and her sister can’t even seem to get noticed. Then one day, she finds the answer. She will go from hamster to glamster! with a fabulous hamster makeover. With a little bit of carrot seed oil, whisker extensions, and a two-tone claw polish, all her dreams will come true…or will they?
From humble beginnings to world leader, a new biography focuses on the childhood of the Dalai Lama, as his country remains at the center of the world stage.On a quiet winter morning in 1937, several men on horseback rode into the tiny Tibetan village of Taktser. Disguised as peasants, the high lamas were on a secret mission--soon they would identify 3-year-old Lhamo Thondup as the 14th reincar... read more
Moxie Roosevelt Kipper has endured thirteen years of being an ordinary girl with an unordinary name. Now that she's entered boarding school, the time is ripe to reinvent herself. She'll become unusual, outlandish, unexpected, sassy?someone worthy of a name like Moxie. But who exactly? From Mysterious Earth Goddess to Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast; from Detached, Unique, Coolly Knowing Indi... read more
In a quaint New England town with a history of witches and pilgrims, misunderstood eleven-year-old Norman Babcock can see and talk to ghosts. No one believes him, of course-everyone just thinks he's weird (including his parents). But when a folktale of a witch who cursed her accusers turns out to be true, it's up to Norman to save the town from pilgrim zombies! He'll also have to take on a ver... read more
A thrilling mystery set against a stark landscape and the inspiration of Nome's real-life dog hero, Balto.Twelve-year-old Tee has just moved to Nome, Alaska, with her writer father and sullen little brother, Jack. Jack isn't happy about the idea of living in the middle of nowhere, but Tee and her dog Henry are thrilled -- so much open space to run around and sniff!But on a walk near their new ... read more
No one ever forgets their first taste of freedom.Gandhi's famous Salt March shook the foundations of the British Empire and the world, showing the strength of a people united in peace to fight for freedom. Gandhi's march had a significant effect on changing world and British attitudes towards Indian independence, and inspired the use of non-violence in other protest movements, like the US Civi... read more
How did early explorers navigate? Who was the first human to reach outer space? When did the first person reach the North Pole? Kids can find the answers to these questions and many more in this easy-to-use family reference book! Packed with important facts, The Look-It-Up Book of Explorers features 40 concise, exciting accounts of explorers from around the world and throughout time, from the ... read more
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