Welcome to the world of my books!
I write stories kids love. They often tell me that they crack up laughing as they read.
I write in simple language about children and the challenges of their lives, large and small. I explore characters living with courage and imagination, in search of love and joy. Over four million copies of my books have been sold.
* April 2013. News! Spunky Tells All is a Candidate for the 2014 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Awards.
Ten of my children’s books follow the adventures of children in middle-class African-American families. Two are set in the mountains of Guatemala. The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods, about an eleven-year-old growing up in Wisconsin, was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Kidnapped Prince presents in simpler language the classic autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, an African prince kidnapped into slavery in 1763.
* February 2013. News! Gloria Rising rises high--recommended to teachers attending the Space Education Educators' Conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, as part of the presentation "A Woman's Place is in Outer Space."
* The Stories Julian Tells is recommended on Oprah’s 2012 Summer Children's Reading List.
* Texas's Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District--Spunky Tells All has won inclusion in Houston schools' 2013-2014 "Horned Toad Tales" reading list. In the coming year, 110,000 young Houston readers will have the chance to choose their favorite book from the twenty on the list.
Shelburne, Vermont, October 2011