Kids news

A jacket for Fashion Disaster!

I have some exciting news over here. Sparkle Spa #9: Fashion Disaster has cover art! In this book, Suzy Davis does an awesome job cutting a doll’s hair, so Brooke decides she wants a haircut too–uh oh.

(Suzy is my favorite character in the series because she’s confident and passionate and tells the truth even if no one else wants to hear it. She’s also named after my sister Suzie. I love that she’s featured on the cover of this one.)

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It’s Wedding Bells Blues Day!

Today the 8th Sparkle Spa book, Wedding Bell Blues, was released out into the world, and in celebration, I’m running contests on Twitter and on Facebook/Instagram! If you retweet my post on Twitter or comment on my posts on Facebook/Instagram, you’ll be entered to win a set of twelve free books for Valentine’s Day! These are the books:

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It seemed like a great way to spread a little happiness around the internet in honor of my newest book. I hope you enter, and may the sweepstakes odds be ever in your favor!

Excitement While School Visiting!

Last week I visited an elementary school on Long Island (I do that kind of thing a lot). I was having a lot of fun writing mystery stories with the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders there, when something very exciting happened. The school’s librarian found a copy of one of my favorite books from elementary school: Something Queer at the Library, by Elizabeth Levy. Seeing that book–and Mordicai Gerstein’s art–brought back so many memories. It was such a special treat on an already wonderful day. Here’s a copy of the book!

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Small Business Saturday!

If you happen to be in Manhattan this Saturday, November 28, 2015, and you’re looking for autographed books, it’ll be easy to get some!  I’ll be signing books at the Bank Street Book Store from 2-3 pm with Karin Lefranc and Robin Newman. And tons of other authors will be signing before and after us. You can check at the schedule at the Bank Street Book Store website right over here. Hope to see you there!

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BLING IT ON! author copies!

It’s an exciting day over here in my writing room in the sky. Copies of Bling It On! arrived from my publisher. I  love how you can see the sparkles on the cover in this photo. (And I also love how one of the stacks got packed upside down.)

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I added those books to my “Books I Wrote” bookcase, and that filled it all up. (And that’s with the two Follow Your Heart books already living on another bookcase!) I guess I need to buy another bookcase…

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BLING IT ON!

Today Sparkle Spa #7: Bling It On! is available in bookstores and online retailers everywhere (basically, wherever books are sold). In this book there’s a carnival, there’s a competition, there’s a group of kids giving back to their community, and–as always–there’s some pretty awesome nail polishing. Are you ready to bling on some sparkle?

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It’s Your World, The Wild Ones, and the Sparkle Spa in Pennsylvania!

I don’t usually talk much on this site about my other job as an editor, but I’m going to talk about it very briefly in this post, because I just got an exciting picture from Alex London, whose book, The Wild Ones, I edited. (It’s a great book, by the way, especially for 3rd-6th graders who love action and adventure.) While he was in Pennsylvania, at Children’s Book World, he took this photograph. It’s the Sparkle Spa books on display next to his book, and next to a second book I edited, It’s Your World, by Chelsea Clinton. (Another great book–this one’s perfect for 4th-8th graders who love non-fiction and want to make a difference in the world.) Because it shows books I wrote next to books I edited, it’s one of my favorite bookstore pictures ever. Check it out!

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