I live in the Wisconsin woods of my childhood after years in Michigan, northern California, and Minneapolis. I have worked as a fitness consultant, legal secretary, stable hand, and forklift driver, while continuing a lifelong quest for story in all forms.
I love to visit middle and high school classrooms and talk about a range of subjects, including creativity in general, favorite books, sensory detail in writing, revision, and the fun and power of writing from the heart. I come armed with questions and exercises and topics for discussion.
I am happy to travel within and outside of the state. I prefer to work with smaller groups (30 maximum), for 45-60 minutes per group.
Mrs. Estronsky and the UFO (Windstorm Creative, 2001) ages 9-12
Circle the Truth (Carolrhoda Books, 2007) ages 10-14
Mousetraps (Carolrhoda Books, 2008) age 12+.
Bluefish (Candlewick, 2011) ages 10-14
Awards and Honors
Circle the Truth:
Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship grant, 2003
Wisc Library Association Outstanding Book for Children by a Wisc Author, 2008
Bank Street College of Education selection, 2008
Lambda Literary Award finalist, 2008
Tofte/Wright Children's Literature Award, 2008
PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, 2010
Josette Frank Award, 2011
Crystal Kite Midwest Award, 2011
Wisc Library Association Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, 2011
ALA Notable, 2011.
Member since 2000
Published In Children's Market:
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