I’m a bestselling author and National Book Award finalist. My latest book is an adult novel, THE SMASH-UP, which will be published by Random House in spring 2021. THE SMASH-UP is a contemporary re-telling of Edith Wharton’s ETHAN FROME, set during the week of the Kavanaugh hearings. More on that soon.
I’m best known for my children’s novels. THE NEXT GREAT PAULIE FINK (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2019) is about an oddball school in the middle of the woods and a group of misfit kids who decide to hold their own reality TV-style competition. (And goats. It’s also a little bit about goats.) The book earned multiple starred reviews and made many year-end “Best of 2019 lists.”
My 2015 novel, THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ) was an international bestseller and a National Book Award finalist.
Prior to these, I co-wrote several books, including Tim Howard’s bestselling THE KEEPER, (both the adult and young readers’ editions, both from HarperCollins 2014); and Paige Rawl’s POSITIVE (HarperCollins 2014), a coming-of-age memoir which was a Junior Library Guild selection and the first-ever nonfiction selection for The Today Show book club.