Hi, I'm here on Mount Rushmore with these guys because I wrote a book about presidential elections. If you think this election year is crazy, you should read about what George Washington did to win his first election in Virginia. Or, which candidate was called a "pot-bellied, mutton-headed cucumber!"          Find out more >


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My newest book, The First Step, is illustrated by the wonderful E.B. Lewis. It's the story of the first lawsuit that tried to make segregated schools against the law. And it happened in Boston in 1847–before the Civil War!

•A Junior Library Guild Selection

School Library Journal gave The First Step a starred review.

With Lewis’s stirring watercolors that astutely capture the emotion of history, this book is an eloquent, inspiring reminder that “the march toward justice is a long, twisting journey.  -The New York Times

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1…BLAST OFF!

How Do You Burp in Space? is a travel guide for kids who want to go on the best vacation in the world.  Or, outside of it. Hey, Frommer's, beat you to it!

•A Junior Library Guild Selection

 •Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, Indiana 2015-2016

 •Illinois Bluestem Book Award Nominee, 2016

•Black Bear Book Award Nominee, Maine 2013-2014

The Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, chose How Do You Burp in Space? as their book for One School One Read this year. Their first nonfiction choice ever–I'm honored!

 Here's a wonderful new review that appeared in The Huffington Post.

And, how about this one from Children's Literature? …just too many great, solid, interesting, scientific facts to do justice to them here. Readers will not want to skip any pages, since each one contains information that is sometimes amazing and always entertaining. The mixture of accurate science and human-interest nuggets will keep any reader engrossed in this book. It is probably one of the best middle-reader science books this year. It is written in a compelling, exciting style, with a lot of humor throughout. The illustrations are great, and the photographs are superb.

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Educators: Want some great lesson plans to use with this book?

It's a Dog's Life

Recorded Books, LLC is doing the audio version of It’s a Dog’s Life. Too bad Rin Tin Rin is no longer available to take the part of Joe, the book’s mutt narrator. How about Nick Nolte?


An interview with me on Writer's Digest's Guide to Literary Agents blog about It's a Dog's Life. Why did they ask me? Come see.

•A Junior Library Guild Selection

•Horned Toad List Book, Texas 2014-2015

•Beehive Book Award Nominee, Utah 2014

•Mississippi Children’s Choice Award Nominee – The Magnolia Award Grades 3-5, 2014

•Missouri KC3 Book Award Nominee 2014-2015

A charming must-have book for every fan of the canine…Any dog owner will become a better one as a result of reading this book. Any dog lover will want to linger over its pages. –The Boston Globe

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