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I've written twenty-three books for young readers and one for adults. My first contemporary YA novel, Freefall Summer, just came out in April! My most recent middle-grade novel, Marabel and the Book of Fate, is a funny fairy tale. My latest nonfiction book, The Song of Orpheus, retells seventeen little-known (but authentic) Greek myths. For descriptions and purchasing information about these and other books, go to Find a Book.

Learn more about me on the Bio page, and about my writing at Writing. For more-detailed information about individual books, including reviews, awards, etc., click on a title in the right-hand column. →

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You can reach me through the Contact page. I love hearing from my readers, and especially enjoy meeting you in person at school and library visits. Find out more on the For Teachers page, which also has activity suggestions, quizzes, etc.

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My first novel, Anna of Byzantium

Selected works

For a complete list, see my Writing page.

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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.