Such wonderful news, folks! The Toymaker’s Apprentice  is the winner of the SCIBA Award for Middle Grade! What the heck is SCIBA, you ask?  It stands for Southern California Independent Booksellers Association and it’s the acronym for a group of wonderful booksellers throughout Southern California. These are our bookish neighbors….

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The Maltese Falcon

Something Wicked This Way Comes:  The Rebirth of Noir in Young Adult Literature

noir Pronunciation: /nwär/ 1.  That is in the style of a film noir; gloomy and fatalistic in character; (also) using cinematic devices such as wide angles and partial lighting; urban, morally ambiguous, anti-heroic. Cf. film noir n. and adj. 2.  A genre of crime film or detective fiction characterized by cynicism, sleaziness, fatalism, and…

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New York, New York: A table top tour

This past December, I went to New York City to read at the Center for Fiction as part of their KidsRead program.  About 90 kids from The Equity Project Charter School braved the pouring rain with their copies of The Toymaker’s Apprentice in tow, to hear me read and ask such burning questions…

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