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November 3rd, 2017

Today I got ARCs (advance reading copies) of BONE’S GIFT today! It’s the first book in my middle-grade series GHOSTS OF ORDINARY OBJECTS.

That moment when you realize the cover of your latest book matches your kitchen!

Here’s the jacket copy:

In this supernatural historical mystery, twelve-year-old Bone possesses a Gift that allows her to see the stories in everyday objects. When she receives a note that says her mother’s Gift killed her, Bone seeks to unravel the mysteries of her mother’s death, the schisms in her family, and the Gifts themselves.

In a southern Virginia coal-mining town in 1942, Bone Phillips has just reached the age when most members of her family discover their Gift. Bone has a Gift that disturbs her; she can sense stories when she touches an object that was important to someone. She sees both sad and happy–the death of a deer in an arrowhead, the pain of a beating in a baseball cap, and the sense of joy in a fiddle. There are also stories woven into her dead mama’s butter-yellow sweater–stories Bone yearns for and fears. When Bone receives a note that says her mama’s Gift is what killed her, Bone tries to uncover the truth. Could Bone’s Gift do the same? Here is a beautifully resonant coming-of-age tale about learning to trust the power of your own story.

You can preorder the book from:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

If you’d like a copy of the ARC to review, please contact Kerry McManus (Kerry.McManus@boydsmillspress.com) at Boyd’s Mill Press. 

Happy Reading!


New Nonfiction

November 1st, 2017

Two new nonfiction books of mine are coming out in the near future. One is about dramatic (and sometimes accidental) scientific discoveries, from penicillin to earthquakes shortening the day to zombie ant fungus. I really enjoyed writing this one! Plus the publisher has a great companion website so you can keep up with other weird and wonderful discoveries.










The other book is actually about sports–STEM in basketball, that is.  What’s the physics of hang-time? How did engineers make backboards (almost) unshatterable? How have researchers used computer sims to perfect the free throw? What’s the probability of filling out a perfect bracket?

Book City

September 21st, 2017

Almost forgot to post this interview with Book City Roanoke!  It’s a new blog / newsletter about all things literary in the Star City. Below is the drawing they did of me.










In case you’re wondering about the neighborhood itself, check out its website: Historic Grandin Village.

New nonfiction!

August 20th, 2017

Evidently, I know how the internet works!

Got copy of latest #nonfiction #book–How it Works: The Internet (Focus Readers Grade 4-7)! #bookstagram #books

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Author’s copies

August 1st, 2017

Just got author’s copies of my latest nonfiction books. These are in Capstone’s Curious Scientists series.

And yes, #irony!