My new young adult thriller, Out of Eden, is now available in hardcover, paperback, or for your Nook or Kindle. Click on the cover, which will take you to amazon.com. This book is for kids 14 and above, though it’s also considered a “crossover” novel for adults.
Out of Eden details a strained father-son relationship, but it’s [...]
Had a great time last Thursday at Tiverton Middle School, where 600 kids read HOUDINI. It was the most organized event I’ve participated in, and the kids asked great questions.
I want to remind everyone that HOUDINI will be out in paperback this summer, along with my new middle-grade novel, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF [...]
Keynote Address for RI Center for the Book: The Problems and Joys of Being a Writer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB2IlnKn55U&feature=youtu.be
HOUDINI has been selected as a 2013 Children’s Book Committee/Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, as well as nominated for the 2013-2014 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award!
Again, let’s hear it for the narrator and his friends.
The Amazing Adventures of John Smith Jr., aka Houdiniwas chosenby Kirkus Reviewsas one of “The Best Children’s Books of 2012.” Congratulations to John, aka Houdini, and to his buddies Lucky and Jorge.
The Amazing Adventures of John Smith Jr. aka Houdini was chosen by RI Center for the Book as the publication that will be distributed by the Library of Congress in the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on September 22. Last year it was estimated that the crowd at [...]
From my many school visits over the last five years, I’ve come to appreciate teachers and librarians. They are the ones who are expected to find the best books for kids, and that chore is often difficult. First of all, year by year, teachers and librarians are burdened with more and more administrative duties, expected [...]
School Library Journal, Starred Review
Providence, RI, is the rundown hometown of John Smith, Jr., 13, nicknamed Houdini by his friends Lucky and Jorge. Hoping to make some money, Houdini undertakes writing an “authentic” kid’s book about life in the neighborhood, featuring his buddies; his hardworking parents; and his admired older brother, Franklin, a Marine [...]
Not surprisingly, there’s been interest in my forthcoming novel, The Amazing Adventures of John Smith Jr. aka Houdini, because of how it treats bullying. Any interest in one’s novel for any reason is appreciated but sometimes people think that you write a book to make a statement, for example that we should’ve left Iraq earlier, (a topic [...]
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