Staff Picks

I was really happy and grateful to be selected for staff picks at some great bookstores:

WORD Bookstores: There is a very nice write up for February picks. It just made my Monday. (I’m writing this on Monday.) It was a better treat than lasagna. I said this to someone without explaining I was in a Garfield mood, but thoughts of Garfield and lasagna just make me so happy. You can read it and other great staff picks here!

The Country Bookshop: I visited The Country Bookshop not too long ago.  And I grew up not far from Southern Pines. It makes it extra special to be one of their staff picks! Read the newsletter here. That strange smiling person in the picture is me. I’m in front of a castle made of cardboard boxes. That’s likely why I’m grinning like that. Cardboard castles are awesome. I just need it to be a little bigger so I can make camp there 🙂

Winter 2014–2015 Kids’ Indie Next List!

Winter Indie Next List

“For Ages 9 – 12

The Last Dragon Charmer 1: Villain Keeper, by Laurie McKay
(HarperCollins, 9780062308436, $16.99, available January)
“What starts as a typical adventure story of a young prince being sent on a quest to slay a dragon with a faithful steed at his side suddenly turns upside down when the prince, his horse, and a young sorceress are plummeted to another realm — contemporary Asheville, North Carolina! This is the fresh and delightful setup for much adventure, humor, and education to come. It turns out that there is some magic — not all of it good — in this new realm of Asheville, and Prince Caden, Brynne, and Sir Horace (the horse) quickly get involved in solving the mystery of a missing local girl even as they try to find a way back to their own realm.” —Leslie Hawkins, Spellbound Children’s Books, Asheville, NC” – See more at: