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Coming September 13th: William and the Witch’s Riddle

Coming September 13th: William and the Witch’s Riddle


I’m excited to announce that my newest book, a middle-grade adventure novel, will make its appearance on Sept. 13th. WILLIAM AND THE WITCH’S RIDDLE is illustrated by NY TIMES best-selling illustrator, Lee Wildish. It’s published by Alfred A. Knopf.  We’ll be celebrating with a book launch on Sunday, Sept. 25th at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor at 3pm. Please join us at Nicola’s located in the Westgate Shopping Center,  2513 Jackson Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48103. I’ll be launching William into the world beside my friend Kristen Bartley Lenz who will be celebrating her new novel THE ART OF HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO (Elephant Rock Productions, 2016).

PREORDER: William and the Witch’s Riddle today.

It’s garnering great reviews already!


“There is humor, heart-stopping action, magic of many sorts, and tender emotions of sacrifice, love, and loss.”

Kirkus Reviews 7/15/2016

“ . . . twisty and original. A fast-paced story excellent for adventure lovers.”  Booklist, 7/7/2016

“ . . . feels rich and timeless.”  Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, July 2016


2nd Random Act of Publicity: 2011

2nd Random Act of Publicity: 2011

For my 2nd random act of PR this week, I want to plug a new book called THE GOOD FIRE HELMET written by Tim Hoppey and beautifully illustrated by my good buddy Lori McElrath-Eslick. (See the cover below, and you’ll understand why I said “beautifully illustrated!”)

This book is particularly timely as Tim Hoppey is a firefighter and was a first-responder at the World Trade Center disaster.

The story makes a great read-aloud for students in 1st through 4th grade. The plot is about two brothers and how one finds the inner strength to save the other.  Enjoy it this week as we approach the anniversary of 9/11.