Exciting Updates!


My new middle grade novel, Lucky Strike, will debut in March 1st, 2015. Set in a small fishing community on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, Lucky Strike is the story of one notoriously unlucky boy who is struck by lightning on his 11th birthday--and lives!


  • "Amusing, endearing, and sometimes even electrifying...characters leap off the pages." Kirkus (starred review)
  • "This well-told story of growth, friendship, and small-town life hits all the right notes." School Library Journal (starred review)
  • "A dramatic and sweetly poignant story enlivened by a dash of magical realism." Publisher Weekly


The Dogs of Winter is now out in both the U.S. and the U.K. I'm pleased to announce it's a Junior Library Guild selection and named a Kirkus Best Books of the Year. Here's what the reviewers are saying about The Dogs of Winter:


  • "[A] first-person narrative in beautifully composed writing enhanced by Ivan's visual acuity and depth of emotion. Terrifying, life-affirming and memorable." —Kirkus (starred review)
  • "The book's emotional impact is immense." Publisher's Weekly
  • "Packs plenty of punch." —The New York Times

You can get it from Amazon, but if you order it from the most wonderful indie bookstore, The Kings English, you may request a signed copy and they'll ship it right to your door!


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A Dog's Way Home has been published in Poland, Germany, and Russia. The audiobook is now available on CD by Listening Library.. Film options rights have been sold. A Dog's Way Home is now available in paperback, and is a featured Scholastic Book Fair title! Stay tuned for updates!

Book Signings and Appearances


March 14th, 2015, 11:00 a.m

Book launch party for my new book, Lucky Strike at The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah

A Dog's Way Home was recently awarded the Maxwell Medal of Excellence and the Merial Human-Animal Bond Award by the Dog Writers Association of America.



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