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Unnameables cover


I’m busy getting ready for the publication of my next book, RIVER MAGIC, which comes out April 27. In the meantime, I’m happy to introduce myself and my books, all of them fantasies set in the real world.

RIVER MAGIC introduces Donna Landon, a feisty girl who’s talented with her hands but not in the classroom. Grieving for the death of her beloved aunt, Donna’s having trouble making her life work—even her best friend seems to have moved on. Now she’s hearing her dead aunt talk to her in her head, a grumpy thunder mage has moved in next door, and there’s something big and weird and scaly in the river in front of her house.

This is the first time I've written about somebody who’s mostly my opposite. When my partner Rob and I built our house in Maine, I held my hammer with two hands. Donna would be as horrified as Rob was.

The main characters in my previous books were a little more like me, even the boys. You can read about them—including reviews and cool background stuff—through the drop-down menu at the top of this page. You can also find out about my sometimes pathetic life and my always messy desk.

I’m working on some fun facts related to RIVER MAGIC and learning to make my own new website, the electronic equivalent of hammering with two hands (argh). So stay tuned.

If you’re looking for entertainment in the meantime, check out my last blog tour. Or my fifteen minutes of fame, when Kirkus Reviews wrote about me as “one of the best kids’ writers you've never heard of.”

See you in April!


*The Goatman painting and the header are by Robert Shillady. The Goatman is featured in my first novel, THE UNNAMEABLES.