FREE Roller Derby Rivals Guide

September 11, 2014

Holiday House school library consultant Sandy Schuckett has put together a terrific Educator's Guide for Roller Derby Rivals. You’ll find Common Core State Standards correlations, author and illustrator bios, discussion questions, writing prompts, and more. Click here to download the guide right now!

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Coming Soon: Two New Books!

March 13, 2014

I’m excited to announce that I have two new books coming out later this year.

Roller Derby Rivals, a picture book illustrated by Matt Collins, will be in stores this July. Published by Holiday House, it’s the true story of the rivalry between female skaters Gerry Murray and Midge “Toughie” Brasuhn that dominated Roller Derby during the 1940s and helped the sport become one of the first hits of the television era. Matt also illustrated my earlier picture book, Basketball Belles, and his Roller Derby illustrations are every bit as dynamic as the ones in that volume.  

Sally Ride: Life on a Mission, is a middle grade/YA biography of Sally, the first American woman in space and a huge proponent of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for girls. It will be published by Aladdin and will be in stores September 9, but it’s already available for preorders. Click on the cover image to check it out.

I’ll add a page for each book to this Web site as its publication date approaches.

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Winter Olympics Book Giveaway

January 9, 2014

We’re less than a month away from that global festival of thrills, chills, and spills on ice and snow known as the Winter Olympics. Want to amaze your friends, children, or students with your encyclopedic knowledge of the Winter Games? Here’s your chance. I’m giving away two copies of my photographic history of the Winter Olympics, Freeze Frame, in the next 24 hours. FREE! To enter, write a comment below. Tell me your favorite Winter Olympics athlete. Or your most memorable Winter Olympics moment. Or your opinion or curling: love it or hate it? At 5 p.m. EST on Friday, January 10, 2014, I will randomly choose two of those who commented to receive books. I'll send them out next week, in plenty of time for the Games, unless there's another polar vortex and all modes of transportation stop in their tracks once again.

SMALL PRINT: Entrants must have a snail mail address in the United States or Canada. No purchase is necessary. Void where prohibited. Only one entry will be accepted per name and e-mail address. All winners will be notified by e-mail within one day of the drawing. Books must be accepted as awarded, are not transferable, and have no cash surrender value. No e-mail addresses or other personal information will be sold or shared with a third party. 

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I love curling! (I love all the events though). Can't wait to see the book! I bet the photography is stunning.
Posted by Emily Matson on 02/10/14 | Reply
My son said his favorite winter athlete is Apolo Ohno because he won the most Winter Olympic medals and he has a great name! Congrats on the book! Can't wait to read it!
Posted by Chana Stiefel on 01/09/14 | Reply
Figure skating fanatic that I am, all my memorable moments have to do with that fine sport...and its often political judging system. Over the years, I was entranced by Janet Lynn, mesmerized by John Curry, fsscinated by Torvill & Dean, disappointed when Wylie lost out to Petrenko, caught up in the battle of the Brians...oh I could go on. But the one that really sticks with me was the Katarina WItt and Debi Thomas showdown - both skating their long programs to Carmen and a rivalry that had been hyped by the press. When Thomas finished her warm up, she went to the boards to high five her coach and their hands missed each other...and in that moment, I knew Thomas wasn't going to be winning gold that night...Indeed her program was marred by bobbles and a fall...but she went onto become a doctor..Question- what other Olympic figure skater became a doctor - Answer: Tenley Albright...cannot wait to see the new book!
Posted by Beth Rasin on 01/09/14 | Reply
You're both winners!
Posted by Sue Macy on 01/10/14 | Reply
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