About

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Thanks for stopping by! In short, I was the ‘new kid’ at school many times over, in more than one country, and currently live with my family in Brooklyn, NY, where I love walking and working on crafts in many forms.

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8th Grade Superzero (Scholastic, 2010) received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, was named an Amazon Best Book of the
Month, a Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Reading Association (IRA), and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the National Council for the Social Studies and CBC, and to the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) Reading Circle Catalog. I am also a contributor to the forthcoming OPEN MIC: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices (Candlewick, 2013), and BREAK THESE RULES: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself (Chicago Review Press, 2013).

I have 10+ years in literacy education and youth development work with children, adults, and families, including SEL (social and emotional learning), and was twice awarded a public service fellowship from the Echoing Green Foundation for work with girls and young women. I hold a certificate in the teaching of writing from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, an M.A. in Educational Technology and English Education from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, and a B.Sc. from Cornell University. I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), PEN, and the Advisory Board of Epic Change.

You can also find my work in Kate Messner’s REAL REVISION, Victoria Hanley’s SEIZE THE STORY and WILD INK, and Luke Reynolds’ KEEP CALM AND QUERY ON.

You can read a bit more about me and my debut novel in the School Library Journal W.A.R. series, at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Cynsations, on Neesha Meminger’s blog, where she graciously let me go on, two times over, at Reading in Color, at The Rejectionist, and over here at Miss Snark’s First Victim.

I talk a bit about my writing process, play and creativity (Pt.2), with Playing Ourselves Into Wide Open Spaces on Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter’s wonderful Spilling Ink Blog.

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I am a member of The Brown Bookshelf, a Web site dedicated to amplifying Black and Brown voices in children’s literature, We Need Diverse Books, “a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature,” and Smack Dab in the Middle, a community of middle-grade authors.

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I am represented by Erin Murphy.
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