Introducing two of my new books, part of a series for young people who want to polish their writing skills. They were a lot of fun to write, and I hope kids will have fun with the writing exercises in them. Available from Capstone.


Coming next year–a new version of Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species, adapted for kids and young readers.

It’s been called the most important book ever written in biological science. For more than a century and a half it has shaped our understanding of the world of living things and our place in it. The principles Darwin set out in the Origin–his theory of evolution–underlie countless features of modern life, from the development of new life-saving medicines to the fight to save species on the verge of extinction.

I have written about Darwin and his work for young people before, but this time I will be letting Darwin tell his own story . . . and I could not be more thrilled to be doing it. Stay tuned!


One of the most exciting projects of my writing career was A Young People’s History of the United States. It was a chance to bring the work of a great scholar to a new audience of young readers.

Famed historian Howard Zinn published A People’s History of the United States in 1980, then updated it over the years. He focused on the “ordinary people” who are often left out of official history books–including young people who helped shape history. Zinn was especially interested in people and ideas that challenged the ¬†forces of oppressive government and big business. His probing look at American history, with its emphasis on stories that are often neglected, became a bestseller. I’m honored to have been chosen to adapt the 2003 edition of this important work into an American history for younger readers.



Stephen King may be the most famous modern writer in the world–and he’s written more books than most of the others. I love good horror fiction, so it was a blast to research and write this 2011 biography for teens–and a true pleasure to receive this glowing starred review from Booklist. The book not only covers King’s life and career but also offers critical interpretations of the King stories and books most often found on school reading lists.



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