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★Starred review from Kirkus! A Kirkus "New and Notable Teen Book"
The author booktalking Dark of the Moon.

A Junior Library Guild selection
Book 1 (of 4) of The Sherlock Files
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Coming in April from Charlesbridge Teen, and available for preorder now. Read the first chapter!

Doing research for Freefall Summer!

Thank you for visiting! I hope you'll enjoy finding out about me and my work.

I've published twenty-two books for young readers and one for adults. My most recent novel, Marabel and the Book of Fate, is a funny middle-grade fairy tale. My first contemporary YA novel, Freefall Summer, comes out in April, 2018, and Marabel and the Runaway Wish is due in April, 2019. My most recent nonfiction book, The Song of Orpheus, retells seventeen little-known (but authentic) Greek myths.

For information about most of my books, click on a title in the right-hand column. →

For descriptions and other information, go to Find a Book. Learn more about me on the Bio page, and about my writing at Writing.

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My first novel, Anna of Byzantium

Selected works

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Ever since Clancy's mother died in a skydiving accident, her father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad's rules and her boyfriend's protectiveness, she's longing for an escape.
Marabel must make her own fate in this funny, heartfelt, and delightfully feminist romp through fantasy and fairy-tale conventions.
Sometimes you don't know what really happened until you hear the other side of the story.
This tale of love, faith, and betrayal retells the myth of the minotaur as never before.
Homer's Odyssey as told by Telemachos, the son of Odysseus
Book 1 of The Sherlock Files
Book 2 of The Sherlock Files
Book 3 of The Sherlock Files
Book 4 of The Sherlock Files
Will Hector be able to right an ancient wrong?
Is helping a mysterious new friend worth the risk?
Intrigue in the world of medieval Byzantium
Selected nonfiction
Seventeen little-known Greek myths, retold with humor, suspense, and authority
A lively history of the people, culture, and achievements of ancient Greece.