January 4, 2015
2015 started off with a bang when the New York Public Library's Betsy Bird named Roller Derby Rivals to her esteemed list of 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2014 on New Year's Day. Congratulations are in order for the team behind the book, especially its phenomenal illustrator, Matt Collins. RDR also snagged the distinction of being one of the Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2014 in the Best Informational Picture Book category.
Not to be outdone, my other 2014 book, Sally Ride, was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12: 2015. It's an honor to have the book on such a distinguished list.
Illustrator Matt Collins and Me
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!
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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