books

It’s a Shark Party!

Apr 27, 2017 | Posted by in animals, books, nature, reading, science, Shark Lady, writing | 0

My book Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist is coming out on June 6th! To celebrate, I’ve scoured the craftiest corners of the Internet for some shark-centric party ideas! Shark Lady is all about celebrating women in science, as well as showcasing curiosity, courage, and a daring heart. IRead more …

September Starts!

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like they should be packing up new pencil case and backpack every time September rolls around? It’s been years since I’ve been in school, but I still get that buzz of excitement when autumn arrives. Cool breezes! Fiery leaves! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!Read more …

Nonfiction 10 for 10: Weird Animal Edition

Hey guys! It’s #nf10for10 day! When I noticed the #nf10for10 hashtag online last year (hosted by the lovely Cathy Mere, Mandy Robek, and Julie Balen!), I had a field day visiting everybody’s posts and growing my to-read list. This year I wanted to participate! (You can visit here to see everyone’s posts!) I’ve had aRead more …

A SharpSchu Book Club Pick!

Feb 11, 2016 | Posted by in books, Pink is for Blobfish | 0

Hey lovely nerds! I’m so happy to announce that PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH was chosen to be a #SharpSchu Book Club pick for March! And to top it off, it’s paired up with Julie Falatko’s SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR! I’ve known and loved Colby and Johnny for a long time now, and everyone who follows them knowsRead more …

Blobfish Love!

It’s official! PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH is out in the wild! Swimming (very slowly) around bookshelves everywhere! I wanted to thank you all for all of the incredible support you’ve shown for this book already—I’ve received so many happy emails, tweets, pictures and messages—it’s enough to make a blobfish swoon! When I first had theRead more …

Red Maple Nominee!

Oct 15, 2014 | Posted by in books, for-teachers, Outrun a Croc | 4

MY CHEEKY MONKEYS! I can finally share my news this morning! HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED is nominated for the Forest of Reading RED MAPLE AWARD! The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest children’s lit festival (think Woodstock for kids books!), and I’m absolutely floored, honored, and bouncy-giddy to beRead more …

Book #2 Cover Reveal!

Apr 28, 2014 | Posted by in books, Outrun a Croc, Outswim A Shark | 1

BA-DUM. BA-DUM. BA-DUMDUM DUMDUM DUMDUM DUMDUMDUMDUMDUMDUMDUMDUMDUM. Okay looking back I probably should have just embedded the JAWS theme here, but you can pretend for me, because I come bearing SHARKS! What a WHIRLWIND these past few months have been! With one month to go before Book 1 of the MY LIFE IS A ZOO series isRead more …

HERE BE BLOBFISH!

Apr 16, 2014 | Posted by in animals, books, Pink is for Blobfish | 4

I have some exciting news, my cheeky monkeys! If you follow this blog (or my twitter, where I’m always yammering on about some science thing or another), you know I’m a HUGE fan of zoology and always eager to spread the word about this world’s strangest and most bizarre creatures. (Sidenote: If you would likeRead more …

My Very First Blurb!

Mar 7, 2014 | Posted by in books, Outrun a Croc | 0

Okay, deep breath. MY BOOK GOT ITS FIRST BLURB! And, ladies and gents, it just so happens to be from one of the coolest writers around, none other than Anna Staniszewski. Her books have been auto-buys for me for ages, because of her hilarious characters and fresh takes on tween drama. It’s totally possible thatRead more …

SWEET UNREST Cover Reveal!

Jan 23, 2014 | Posted by in books | 0

Hello my cheeky monkeys! Have I got a sweet surprise for you today?! My agency-sister Lisa Maxwell is celebrating her cover reveal, and I’m so thrilled to help her out here! SWEET UNREST is going to take bookshelves by storm next fall, but you can see the cover NOW! I know you guys will skimRead more …

Goodreads! (and red pandas!)

Sep 19, 2013 | Posted by in books, Outrun a Croc | 2

Update! I am happy to report that my book HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED is up on GOODREADS! Ahh! If you are a Goodreads person, GO FORTH AND CLICKITY-CLICK! Also! It is on Amazon now! Things are getting REAL! If that’s not enough wildlife for you, here is Lincoln, theRead more …

What’s your favorite book of 2012?

Dec 6, 2012 | Posted by in books | 1

Hello my cheeky little reading monkeys! Just a quick post to let you know that the Young Adult Book Central CHOICE AWARD nominations are up! Two reasons for this. One: you should go vote so your favorites can win! And two: if you’re in a bit of a reading slump (it happens), and are lookingRead more …

Welcome to Scotland!

May 11, 2012 | Posted by in books, history, inspiration | 4

Hello laddies! If you’ve been following this quick blog series of adventures (you can find the London trip here, and the Lake District trip here!), you know that it is now time to journey to the land of the kilts! Welcome to SCOTLAND! Now, if you’re anything like me, when you think of Scotland youRead more …

Boy + Bot Giveaway!

Apr 10, 2012 | Posted by in books | 2

Ladies and gents! Just wanted to point your attention to Tara Lazar’s blog, where my wonderful friend Ame Dyckman is giving away an awesome BOY + BOT Prize Pack to celebrate her book birthday TODAY! Not only is her book garnering enough stars to build her own constellation, you just might find something from yoursRead more …

Before Harry, there was another Potter…

Apr 9, 2012 | Posted by in books, inspiration | 2

Happy Easter, all! I don’t often post random pics of Easter candy, but I had to share what the Easter Bunny brought me this year. Beatrix Potter* Gummis! There is Peter, in his little blue jacket. Cute little scamp**. Below him you can see the nasty fox, decked out in his fancy 3-piece green suit.Read more …

Book Lover’s Giveaway WINNERS!

Apr 2, 2012 | Posted by in books | 3

At long last, the winners for the book pendant giveaway! Thank you all so much for your awesome answers to the question: What author or fictional character would you invite over to dinner? Without any adieu whatsoever, here are YOUR WINNERS! The winner of the metallic blue pendant: Ashelynn Hetland! The winner of the dragon-inspiredRead more …

Book Lovers Giveaway!

Mar 19, 2012 | Posted by in books | 25

Alright my cheeky monkeys, it’s time for a giveaway! I’ve been in Brainstorm Land with the latest WIP for the past few days (Brainstorm Land is quite like the jungle, except instead of poisonous spiders and monkeys, there are copious amounts of index cards strewn about. Okay, and some monkeys). BUT, I have managed toRead more …