• I am the author of three novels, SPITTING IMAGE (a VOYA “Top Shelf” choice, and listed on the NY Public Library’s “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing”), THOMAS AND THE DRAGON QUEEN (short-listed for the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award), the most recent novel, WILLIAM AND THE WITCH’S RIDDLE.
    I also have thirteen picture books out including THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE (an IRA/CBC Children’s Choices winner), THUNDER-BOOMER! (4 starred reviews, SLJ’s “Best of the Year” list, and an ALA and a Smithsonian Magazine “Notable Book for Children”), MINE! (four starred reviews, a NY Times review, and an SLJ “Best Book of the Year” for 2011 and a Crystal Kite award for illustrator Patrice Barton).  DOZENS OF COUSINS (illustrated by David Catrow, Clarion) came out to glowing reviews, including one by the NY TImes. And the newest title, MOUSELING’S WORDS is with Clarion.
    Many of my titles have appeared on the Bank Street College’s “Best Children’s Books of the Year” lists, or have been short-listed for various state awards.

    I also write poetry for adults, and magazine articles for teaching and writing journals. And I travel nationally and internationally to speak at conferences, at libraries and at schools. In 2005 I was invited to read at the White House Easter Egg Roll, and in 2010 I toured American military schools across Japan by invitation.

    Finally, I support my Michigan SCBWI members through an annual scholarship that pays the tuition for one Michigan member to attend the NY Mid-winter SCBWI conference.
    My website and blog are at: http://www.shutta.com. I can be found on FaceBook at “shuttacrum.”


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