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.

Two Naomis (HarperCollins, 2016), with Audrey Vernick, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. The sequel, Naomis Too, is out September 2018. 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 am a member of The Brown Bookshelf, a Web site dedicated to amplifying Black and Brown voices in children’s literature, and on the Advisory Board of We Need Diverse Books. I’m represented by the wonderful Marietta Zacker.

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