Dandelion Milk, a poem

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On a star

I dream of

I live on

There is a place

Just one

Very far

But you can get there by dark.

A home

A town

Just over a hill

Sculpted by time.

Can you see it yet?

The sun shines all day upon the dahlias.

And the wind will love you

Like family.

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Hank’s Big Day is here!


Hank’s Big Day: The Story Of a Bug (Random House/Schwartz & Wade) is a story about a brave pill bug who goes on a risky journey to meet up with his best friend, a girl named Amelia. The girl and the bug have adventures together, then it’s time for Hank to go home. Perfect for nap time and bedtime reading.

A Kirkus and Chicago Public Library Best Picture Book of 2016

“Lovely and inviting.”Publisher’s Weekly* (starred review)

“An eye-catching picture book with an intrepid little hero.” – Booklist* (starred review)

“Excellent layout, text, and illustrations make for a thoroughly satisfying story.”Kirkus Reviews* (starred review)

“This charming, positive book revels in unusual friendships and the value of imagination.”BookPage.

“A lively suburban romp that captures the essence of friendship and play, with text and thoughtful details that are interspersed evenly enough to hold the attention of younger readers.”School Library Journal

Hank’s Big Day is a Junior Library Guild selection.

Here is sample art by Chuck Groenink. Can you find Hank?


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Great Ball of Light Wins Best Book Award

My newest children’s novel Great Ball of Light has won the best children’s book of the year award from The Society of Midland Authors. I’d like to thank the judges for this wonderful honor, and of course Atheneum Books For Young Readers for publishing my novel. The story is about a brother and sister who capture a ball of light during a storm and use its powers of reanimation to bring about family healing. An excerpt is available here. I think this story could make a great family movie, if anyone in Hollywood is interested. The book is available in hardcover and paperback (only $7.99). Here’s the link to the Amazon page.

Into zombies?

If so you might want to check out my new novel Great Ball Of Light for a different kind of zombie story. On a stormy day, a twin brother and sister capture a lightning ball that they soon discover has the power to bring dead things back to life. Let the experiments begin! Available at bookstores and libraries, and as an ebook. “The descriptions of the undead are gross and humorous, rather than scary, making this a fun book for the younger zombie-loving set. Recommended for general purchase.”School Library Journal

I write novels, screenplays, and short stories.