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BYSTANDER Contender for “Global Read Aloud 2014″

Friday, March 14th, 2014 Posted in Bystander | No Comments »


I arrived home last night after a terrific trip to Michigan, courtesy of the good, kind folks at West Bloomfield Township Public Library. I was treated much too kindly and given the opportunity to speak with young people from 8th ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #173: Sally from South Korea Asks About “BYSTANDER”

Friday, January 17th, 2014 Posted in Bystander, Fan Mail, bullying | No Comments »


Here we go, folks. Since this letter essentially consisted of questions, I broke format and inserted my answers directly beneath each question. For your reading pleasure! This is South Korean student reading your book, Bystander. I really enjoyed reading your book. ...

The Difference Between Empathy & Sympathy

Monday, January 13th, 2014 Posted in Bystander, bullying | No Comments »


This video is a surprisingly effective means of demonstrating the power of empathy: what it looks like, what it feels like, what it means to connect. After writing Bystander, visiting schools and speaking with students and educators, trying to think about ...

Look, See: The New Cover for “SCARY TALES: NIGHTMARELAND”

Monday, January 6th, 2014 Posted in Bystander, Scary Tales | 1 Comment »


Yes I do, yes I do love getting that first look at a new book cover. This title, number four in my Scary Tales Series, is due out in June (I think). More on this another time. I'm currently knocking myself out on ...

EINSTEIN: The World Is a Dangerous Place . . .

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 Posted in Bystander, bullying | No Comments »


FAN MAIL WEDNESDAY #171: Ten Questions and Answers (Mostly About My Book, BYSTANDER)

Monday, December 9th, 2013 Posted in Bystander, Fan Mail | No Comments »


- Okay, I'm reaching my arm deep into the giant barrel of letters I keep here in my office . . . I'm swirling my hand around . . . and what's this? . . . an email from Virginia! - How'd that ...

RE-POST: Imaging the Character of Griffin Connelly in BYSTANDER

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 Posted in Bystander, Greatest Hits, School Visits, the writing process | No Comments »


I just enjoyed a terrific visit to Virginia, three nights, visiting Matoaca Middle School and Davis Middle School. I stayed in Richmond, was treated like a conquering hero, and all I can do is express my heartfelt gratitude one more ...

My Interview at “Author Turf”

Sunday, December 1st, 2013 Posted in Before You Go, Bystander, Interviews & Appreciations, the writing process | No Comments »


I was recently invited for an interview by Brittney Breakey over at AUTHOR TURF. Brittney has really accomplished a lot with her site. It's worth checking out. She's recently interviewed Holly Goldberg Sloan, Sally Nicholls, Gennifer Choldenko, Jo Knowles, Kathryn ...

REPOST: Thoughts On Bullying, Bystanders, and Middle Schoolers

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 Posted in Bystander, Middle School Life, bullying | No Comments »


Note: This was first posted over at The Nerdy Book Club, a great sight for fans of children's books. Recommended. EVERYBODY ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something ...

COMINGS & GOINGS: The Rochester Children’s Book Festival, November 16th

Monday, November 4th, 2013 Posted in Bystander, Current Events, Family, Jigsaw Jones, Scary Tales, Uncategorized | No Comments »


I've always heard great things about the Rochester Children's Book Festival, but never got invited. I tried to weasel an invitation a few years back (clever Cynthia DeFelice reference), but that went nowhere. Finally, at last, I wore 'em down. ...