I am an award-winning children’s book author, magazine writer, writing teacher and speaker. My wide-ranging passions include astronomy, volcanology, art, music, history, nature, waves, jokes, crayons, and mud — anything that catches my fancy. I believe in the power of discovery, untold stories, and persistent questions. Whether writing fiction or nonfiction for children or adults or teaching workshops, I hope my work opens doors, opens minds, opens possibilities.
Awards and Recognition
- Junior Library Guild selection, The Next Wave, 2014-2015
- ALA Notable, for Eruption!, 2014, The Mighty Mars Rovers, 2013
- CCBC Choice for Eruption! and Volcano Rising, 2014
- Children's Book Committee Best Book of the Year for Electrical Wizard, 2014
- Association of School Librarians Northern California Distinguished Books for Eruption!
- Pennsylvania Readers Choice Award finalist for Eruption!, 2014
- Flicker Tale children's choice award finalist (North Dakota) for Eruption!, 2015
- AAAS/Subaru Prize finalist for Eruption!, 2014
- Booklist Top 30 for K-8 for Eruption!, 2013
- Best Book of the Year lists for School Library Journal and NBC News, 2013 for Eruption!