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★Starred review from School Library Journal!
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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 soon!



Available for preorder! Coming in February from Little, Brown. Cover by Sara Gianassi. Check out the cover reveal on School Library Journal's Fuse #8, featuring five women from history who should be better known.


Coming in April from Charlesbridge Teen, and available for preorder now! Check out the cover reveal on YA Interrobang.

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I hope you'll enjoy finding out about me and my work. I've published twenty-one books for young readers and one for adults. Young-reader books no. 22 and 23 are slated to come out in 2018, and two more are under contract. My most recent novel, The Stepsister's Tale, is a Cinderella retelling (with a new twist, I promise!). The Song of Orpheus retells seventeen little-known Greek myths.

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

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My first novel, Anna of Byzantium

Selected works

For a complete list, see my Writing page.

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Fiction
Marabel must make her own fate in this funny, heartfelt, and delightfully feminist romp through fantasy and fairy-tale conventions.
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.
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.