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I’ve been away from this board for several years, working on an adult novel, but I’m back with some happy news. My agent, Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, has sold my picture book manuscript—DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD—to Emma Ledbetter, Editor at Atheneum Books for Young Readers. We are pleased to announce, as well, that the book will be illustrated by Júlia Sardà, a marvelous illustrator based in Barcelona.

The story, my homage to Florence Parry Heide and Edward Gorey’s The Shrinking of Treehorn, is a comic tale about a boy with misguided parents who remain untroubled when he gets eaten by a snake.

Special thanks to Harold Underdown for his editing expertise.

This is my first picture book to be published since my debut—Otto Grows Down—was released by Sterling in 2009 with illustrations by Scott Magoon.

I am so grateful for being a part of this community of writers and artists. Over the years, I’ve received invaluable support, advice, and manuscript critiques from dozens of SCBWI and Blueboard folks, including: Ellen Jackson, Pam Calvert, Alison Ashley Formento, Katy Duffield, Nancy Gow, Mara Rockliff, Robert Schechter, Tara Lazar, Heather Ayris Burnell, Marlo Garnsworthy, Sharon Chriscoe, Dana Carey, B. j. Lee, Andria Rosenbaum, Adam J.B. Lane, Margaret Muirhead, Jennifer Goldfinger, Susan Lubner,  Nikki Loftin, Jody Jensen Shaffer, Marissa Doyle, Anne Marie Pace, Verla Kay, Jacqueline Davies, Diana Murray, Cynthea Liu, Michael Mahin, Jennifer Clark Estes, Siski Kalla, Cyndi Marko, Stephanie Ruble, Sheri Dillard, Diane Bailey, Sarvinder Bal Naberhaus, Jill Van Den Eng, Charlotte Braden, Adrian Croft, and the wonderful Mark Karlins, who first introduced me to the Treehorn Trilogy.
#1 - March 06, 2017, 10:48 AM
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DUCKWORTH: THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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:congratulations Congratulations, Michael! I'm glad you came back to share your exciting news. :fireworks
#2 - March 06, 2017, 12:01 PM
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#3 - March 06, 2017, 12:04 PM
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Congratulations!! Emma Ledbetter is fabulous!  :yay
#4 - March 06, 2017, 12:23 PM
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So happy for you, Michael!  :stars3 :stars3
#5 - March 06, 2017, 12:35 PM
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:congratulations  Thank you for coming back to share this wonderful news. I loved Treehorn too and will look for your books.
#6 - March 06, 2017, 12:38 PM
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Ya-Hoo! So glad for you, Michael! And Otto Grows Down is on my bookshelf - looks like I'll have to add this one, too!
#7 - March 06, 2017, 12:40 PM

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 :wow Congratulations to you! I'm so happy for you!

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Congratulations, Michael!!! I'm so happy for you!!!
#9 - March 06, 2017, 12:45 PM

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Congratulations, Michael! It sounds like a really unique story and I admire your commitment to craft.

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#10 - March 06, 2017, 01:40 PM
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Oh! I am so happy for you, Michael! Congratulations! :running
#11 - March 06, 2017, 02:01 PM

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Congrats!  :yay
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How absolutely wonderful--congratulations!
#13 - March 06, 2017, 03:23 PM
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Congrats! :congratulations
#14 - March 06, 2017, 03:38 PM
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YAY!! :stars3 Huge congrats, Michael! I'm a big fan of Otto Grows Down--looking forward to your newest book! :running
#15 - March 06, 2017, 04:31 PM

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This sounds darkly hilarious! Congrats! And OTTO still goes out frequently at my library. :)
#16 - March 06, 2017, 05:11 PM
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Thanks, everyone!!!   :ty :hearts :grin :snoopy :yup
#17 - March 06, 2017, 05:15 PM
DUCKWORTH: THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
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Congratulations, Michael!!! Your books sounds fantastic!

And it's so nice to see you back on the boards!
#18 - March 06, 2017, 07:03 PM
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So happy for you, Michael!
#19 - March 06, 2017, 07:19 PM
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Congratulations, Michael!! :drumroll
#20 - March 06, 2017, 07:49 PM

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 :goldstar Michael, that's fantastic news! Congratulations!  :cheerleader
#21 - March 06, 2017, 08:19 PM
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 :congratswave Michael!
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That's amazing news, Michael!!! Congratulations!!!

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 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 Congratulations!!!!!  :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3

So thrilled for you, Michael!!!  :yay :yay :yay
#24 - March 07, 2017, 05:05 AM

Fantastic news, Michael!  :yay :yay
I love Treehorn.  :goldstar
#25 - March 07, 2017, 06:04 AM
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#26 - March 07, 2017, 07:19 AM
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Congratulations, Michael! Sounds like a great story! Great job sticking with it and landing another contract!
#27 - March 07, 2017, 07:23 AM
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