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(Roaring Brook Press/Spring 2011)
Fourteen year old Zachary Beatrice is the new kid in town. All he really wants is to answer one simple question: What do you need to be happy? In a story where buddy movie meets cooking channel, nature documentary meets high school musical, Main Street meets three ring circus, and first kiss meets boxing match, Zachary might find the answer to his question. He may also discover a lot more than he bargained for!
books & stories
to Save a Baby Dragon
(Storyworks Magazine/October 2010)
Michael Dexter has just moved from the city to the country, and he's worried about adjusting to his new surroundings. But a new friend -- and an unexpected adventure -- helps Michael to see that "home" might be something you make for yourself.
Fair Creatures Attack!
(Storyworks Magazine/Fall 2008)
When middle school classmates apply the scientific method to Mexican wrestling, exploding cola, crazed chihuahuas and hidden rodents... friendship might result.
Crazy: Ten Short Stories That Cover All the Bases
edited by Nancy Mercado (Dial Books for Young Readers/Spring 2008)
My short piece, "Baseball Stories," is part of this awesome collection.
"...from lighthearted to serious... this enjoyable collection should appeal to a wide audience." School Library Journal
(Dial Books for Young Readers/Spring 2006)
Defining Dulcie is about the connections we make, the resilience of the human spirit, and the absurdities that keep life interesting.
"...an inextricable mix of sadness and humor, sorrow and hope, are the hallmark of this memorable first novel..." School Library Journal (starred review)
"...strikes the perfect balance between the serious and the comical." VOYA (5Q5P)
"A carefully crafted, impressive debut." Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
Man for Himself: 10 Ten Original Stories About Being a Guy
edited by Nancy Mercado (Dial Books for Young Readers/2005)
Every Man for Himself includes my short story, "No More Birds Will Die Today," which, I'm happy to say, I still like a lot. My favorite piece in this collection, is Shockers by my friend David Lubar. It is just a great, great story.
"...a refreshing look at the values, decisions, and friendships that ultimately shape a boy into a man. " School Library Journal