I am a former Scholastic editor and a proofreader/copyeditor with over a decade of experience in kidlit, so send me your middle grade, young adult, and chapter books. Whether you need a friendly, capable partner to help you polish your story to be the best it can be, or an eagle eye on your manuscript to make sure it's free of errors, I have years of experience as a professional in the field and am excited to talk about how I can help.
As an editor with Scholastic Press and Scholastic Paperbacks, I have worked on readers, middle grade, and YA from the creepy multiplatform project, Shadow House, by Dan Poblocki and the sweet and awkward From You to Me by K. A. Holt, to the adorable upcoming Once Upon a Fairy Tale series by Anna Staniszewski and the delightfully twisted Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales by New York Times bestseller Kiersten White.
Teaching faculty at the Viable Paradise Workshop for science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers (one week program on Martha's Vineyard).
As a proofreader for Scholastic, I've worked on everything from chapter books to middle grade and YA, and have reviewed files for print and ebooks across a variety of genres in kidlit. Successful proofreaders have to be passionate about details, schedules, and words, and I've refined my proofreading skills for more than a decade and continue to work with Scholastic.
Amelia Peabody lives in a small town where nothing changes. And that's just fine by her. After losing her big sister, Clara, a few years ago, Amelia can't handle any more change. But when she starts eighth grade, she accidentally receives a letter that Clara had written to herself. In it, there's a list of things she'd wanted to do before the end of middle school and never finished, like get o... read more
Hester Greene loves making movies. With her camera in hand, she can focus, make decisions, and have the control she lacks in life, where her executive function disorder (think extreme ADHD plus anxiety) sabotages her every move. But middle school is not a movie, and if her last-ditch attempt to save her language-arts grade--and her chance to pass eighth grade, period--doesn't work, Hess could ... read more
One bride. Two boys. Three flower girls who won't hold their peace. What could go wrong with this wedding? Everything!The Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, would usually spend their summer eating ice cream, playing wtih their dog, and reading about the U. S. presidents. But this year they're stuck helping their big sister, Lily, plan her wedding. Burton, Lily's groom-to-be, is not n... read more
The Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, usually love Christmas. Decorations, singing carols, seeing Aunt Jane and their favorite neighbors, hot cocoa, and presents -- what could be better? But this year nothing is going right, starting with their local Christmas pageant. They practiced looking wise and stroking fake beards so they could play the three Wise People, but what did they ge... read more
The Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, would usually be thrilled to spend a week with their beloved Aunt Jane. She's fun and fearless and fascinating, and she loves to hang out with them. But Aunt Jane is taking the girls somewhere they've never been before . . . camping!It's one disaster after another, whether they're sinking canoes in the lake at the run-down campground, being atta... read more
The Brewster triplets have this whole school year figured out. They'll share notes and books and help plan their big sister's wedding, and they're all going to be on color guard. Smooth sailing through the seventh grade.Only nothing goes right. They're accidentally on cheer squad, of all things. And the sisters are split into different classes--which Darby is failing because of her terrible pa... read more
Some houses are more than just haunted... they're hungry.Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House. Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing -- and nobody -- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.... read more
Shadow House will find you . . . Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal. They're going to have to come fac... read more
Shadow House always wins . . .Poppy, Dash, Azumi, and Dylan may have made it out of Shadow House--but the grounds are a whole new nightmare. Someone they thought was a friend is hunting them, and there's no place that's safe now that they've woken the shadow creature.If they want to survive, they'll have to figure out once and for all what the house wants from them, and what-or who-they'll nee... read more
Shadow House never sleeps . . .Five children have been lured into Shadow House, all for different reasons. None of them knows the others. And none of them knows what to do when they can't find a way back out.But something is different inside the house. Someone -- or something -- is there with them, and seems to know more than they do. Only how are the kids supposed to decide if that someone is... read more
Isabella is shocked when her parents book her passage on the incredible Titanic and inform her that she'll be sailing by herself. She is given an envelope and told the contents will explain everything, but she is forbidden from opening it until the boat reaches the U.S.Lucille is worried over her mother's poor health, and her father is always distracted, never around. Left to her own devices, ... read more
Once upon a time, a girl skipped into the forest and became a zombie.Wait, no, that's not how this story is supposed to go. Let's try again.Once upon a time, a boy did a horrible job as a sheep-sitter and burned his tongue on stolen pie.No, children in these stories are always good and virtuous. From the top.Once upon a time, a king and queen tried to find a princess for their son to marry, an... read more
Sloan is a hunter. So she shouldn't be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it's been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight - it makes her too scared to be on her own.When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she's alrea... read more
Ainsley never wanted to spend her summer on a fairy tale cruise--especially since, instead of lounging by the pool, she's running around the ship doing favor after favor for her cruise director mom.Things aren't all bad--it's good to see her mom acting confident again after the divorce, and she's learning a lot about obscure German fairy tales and how to fold towels into entertaining shapes fo... read more
Ever since the Titans appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan's world has revolved around the mechanical horses. It's not just the thrill of the race. It's the engineering of the horses themselves and the way they're programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she'll ever touch.She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything... read more
Mira has always almost had it all... until it all crashes and burns. She's hurt in a horrible car accident, and the only way the doctors can help is to try experimental prosthetics and chips that are implanted directly into her brain. It's a huge risk, but after months of testing and therapy, Mira is back, and better than ever.But soon her friends turn against her as their parents call her on ... read more
It starts with a chase. When Spencer Plain is pulled out of school in the middle of the day, he never expects to be speeding down the highway with his uncle, trying to outpace the car that's tailing them. And he certainly never thought he'd find himself fleeing from a bear through the woods. And when he hears the bear say "We've been expecting you," Spencer knows he's just uncovered a whole wo... read more
A few weeks ago, Spencer Plain had never been to Bearhaven. He was rebuilding a computer and eating peanut butter toast and going to school. Normal, human things.But now his parents are missing, he's living with a family of bears and learning how to speak Ragayo (the bears' language), and has already been on a rescue mission that saved two cubs and their mother.Spencer's ready to go on more mi... read more
Ever since Spencer Plain's parents disappeared, he's been staying in Bearhaven--a secret city where bears talk, go to school, develop secret technology, and plan missions to rescue others who need help.Spencer's been planning, too. He's in training as an operative with the Bear Guard, so that he's ready to go help rescue his parents. They've been captured by Pam, who runs an illegal ring of ra... read more
Spencer Plain is ready to help build a new Bearhaven--a place where bears live in community and help rescue other bears around the world. But the city itself is in trouble now--the evil Pam wants to capture the bears and sell them, and it's up to the Council to move the city to a safe, new location.Except that Pam shows up right in the middle of their move, cutting off Spencer from his parents... read more
What would you do to save someone you love?Time is slipping away. . . .Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying--and she's helpless to change anything.Until she receives mysterious ... read more
How far would you go to survive?In FIRE & FLOOD, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and a terrifying march across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't stop - and in SALT & STONE, Tella will have to face the unseen dangers of the ocean, the breathless cold of a mountain, and twisted new r... read more
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Don't touch anything in The Haunted Museum!Emma would rather be at her ballet class than at the Haunted Museum, but she can't miss her best friend's birthday party. In a spooky exhibit of music boxes, she's drawn to one in particular, in which a pair of dancers spin slowly to a haunting melody.But that very night, the music box shows up at her door--like it's following her. Emma dances better ... read more
Don't touch anything in the Haunted Museum!When Lily accidentally touches a painting at The Haunted Museum, she's pulled into a dangerous fight for her life!The more she learns about the history of the portraits she'd been mesmerized by, the more she finds about the artist who painted them and the girls in the paintings. All the girls seem to have disappeared--but where? Tears on the portraits... read more
Don't touch anything in The Haunted Museum!Taylor has always felt a little like she belonged in ancient Egypt more than she does in the modern day. But when she helps stop a robbery at a branch of The Haunted Museum, the scarab she picks up doesn't seem to want to let her go. Mysterious people follow her from the U.S. all the way to Egypt. Scarabs appear from nowhere. Her dreams (or are they v... read more
A dog and his girl show how six legs are better than two in this brand new mystery series!When Dodge, a German shepherd police dog, finds himself retired after an accident leaves him deaf in one ear, he's lucky to be adopted by the perfect family. Twelve-year-old Cassie Sullivan, his girl, smells almost as good as a dog, and gets her nose for sleuthing from her police chief mom and coroner dad... read more
The second exciting installment of A Dog and His Girl Mysteries!Cassie's mom, an exemplary officer and model of integrity, is suspended from the force pending an investigation--and won't say why. It's an awkward situation for the police, for the town, for the mayor, and especially for Cassie. Having her mom (who is dealing with her stress by micromanaging her family) home 24/7 is seriously cra... read more
In the third installment of A Dog and His Girl Mysteries, things are going to the cats!Dodge and Cassie can't visit the senior center or take a walk without landing in a mystery or two. Something's up with the vitamins some people in town are taking--and something doesn't seem right about an eccentric neighbor's mysterious "fall" that leaves thirteen pets in need of homes. The former K-9 and h... read more
#1 NYT bestselling author Pat Wrede returns to Scholastic with an amazing new trilogy about the use of magic in the wild, wild west.Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent -- and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier,... read more
From New York Times #1 bestselling author Patricia C. Wrede, the second in the series of magic on the western frontier.Eff is riding west, away from the safety of the frontier city she's always known.... Eff could be a powerful magician if she wanted to. Except she's not sure she wants that kind of responsibility. Everyone keeps waiting for her to do something amazing--or to fail in a spectacu... read more
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia C. Wrede, the fantastic conclusion to her tale of magic on the western frontier.Eff is an unlucky thirteenth child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double seventh son. Her life at the edge of the Great Barrier Spell is different from anyone else's that she knows.When the government forms an ex... read more
Lexi has to keep the universe in balance. If she does enough good things, like being on time, then the bad things, like her little brother needing more surgery, won't happen. It doesn't always work, but she has to keep trying. Just in case. On an extra bad day, Lexi finds a bag of four wishing stones in the antique shop in town, and wishes that her BFF Cassa and the new girl would stop talking... read more
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Editor of more than 500 books. I specialize in thrillers, sci-fi, mysteries, fantasy, paranormal, horror, YA, and dystopian fiction.