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

  • Utah Book Award Finalist, 2013

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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