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Publishers Weekly Review

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In the “wow, this is really happening,” category of this whole experience, The Secret Side of Empty has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly! I was shopping for bedding in preparation for house guests when the Google News alert came in. Needless to say, the sheets had to wait a bit while I read the review. […]

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Shop local!

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If you like to support your independent bookstore (and, of course you do), you can now find out which indie near you is stocking THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY just in time for the book’s release a mere week away. Simply go to IndieBound and put in your zip code.  It will bring up a […]

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THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY part of the Latinos in Kid Lit Reading Challenge

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If you like Latinos in children’s and young adult literature (and, really, you must, right?), then you will love the Latinos in Kid Lit blog.  Full of great recommendations and links to insightful reviews, it’s an excellent resource if you’re looking to add some diversity to your picture book, middle grade or young adult library. […]

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Featured on Bergen County Cooperative Library Services Website

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There are many things I love about living in my small New Jersey town.  With just over 8,000 residents, it’s got the charm of small-town living.  We have our own tiny police department (seventeen officers), an itty-bitty city hall in what looks like a converted house and a whole lot of concerned citizens that create […]

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Children’s Book Council Diversity Newsletter Interview

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What do I love about having my book on the cusp of being published?  Too many things to count, but definitely among them are the many wonderful people I’ve gotten to meet along the way.  Case in point: Lyn Miller-Lachmann, author of Gringolandia, who today published an interview with me in the Children’s Book Council […]

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Books are shipping!

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I came home from a four-day business trip to find the best Amazon box I’ve ever gotten… one that was full of copies of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY.  Facebook followers and friends are posting pix too… the book is definitely shipping, although it’s still technically two weeks before my release date.  Really cool!  I […]

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Bookish names THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY “Must-Read YA for Spring”

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Bookish, the book recommendation engine launched by Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA) and Simon & Schuster (none of whom are my publisher) today listed THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY in their “Must Read YA for Spring” list subtitled “Immigration, Supervillains and Fairy Tales.”  (I’m the immigration, peeps!  Way to own the subtitle!). It’s an awesome […]

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Available on Kindle and Nook

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If you’re not a paper-carrying type, you’re in luck!  The Secret Side of Empty is now available for pre-order on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Pre-order today and your copy will be delivered to you instantly the day of the book’s release, March 11th.  Now just a little over a month away!  You’ll be […]

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My Facebook movie

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Facebook is like a boyfriend who is thoughtless and self-centered a lot of the time (my specialty) but then every once in a while does something so charming you just can’t leave him.  Today Facebook did one of  those charming things: it made me a movie.  Oh, it wasn’t just me, of course.  It made […]

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The snowfall and reasons to not say you’re old

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Yesterday, my New Jersey town (and surrounding areas) got blanketed by a gorgeous, sparkling snowfall.  I watched it happily all day from the comfort of my living room.  I cleared the steps a bit in the middle of the day, to no avail.  Within a few minutes it was all white again.  I decided to […]

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