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What’s the haps in Skary Town?

Whew! With Charlie and the Grandmothers now out on shelves (go on and get it! And when you've read it, leave a review?), I'm super busy making sure everyone knows about it, but I'm also catching up on other projects I've had to put aside while I wrote. So, here's a rundown of all the things I've got in store for YOU! STUFF I'M DOING SKARED YET? (Multnomah County Library) If you're in the general Portland, OR area, I'll be doing workshops at the Hollywood, Hillsdale, and Gresham libraries this October! Bring your kids dressed as...

Countdown to Grandmothers!

Here's a riddle for you. What's black and white and read all over and comes out in less than a month? Answer: CHARLIE AND THE GRANDMOTHERS! (Okay, that was a terrible riddle.) This is what Booklist recently had to say about it:  Twelve-year-old Charlie is highly observant but a worrier—finding something to fear in every detail. When he notices that local children are disappearing on visits to their grandmothers, Charlie worries that he and his sister Georgie will be next, despite the fact that they don’t have any grandmothers. Soon his mother begins acting strangely and introduces them to Pearl...

Mail’s Here!

The UPS man just dropped off a package. What could it be? Oh my! Let us see what's inside. Could it be... illustration proofs? Why, it is! Okay, okay, so I knew these were coming, but I didn't know they'd look so great! Before it sounds like I'm patting myself on the back here, I should point out that the lovely Trish Parcell at Random House cleaned up my pen-and-ink illustrations so that they would nice and crisp. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. Charlie and the Grandmothers comes out everywhere books are sold...

Tell Me a Grandmother Story!

The release date for Charlie and the Grandmothers is five months away! You'll be seeing a lot more info about the book as the weeks go by. In the mean time, we all know some scary (and nice) old lady stories. Maybe there was a spooky spinster on your block. Maybe you have a favorite urban legend. Maybe your own grandmother was suspicious! Or maybe you ARE a scary old lady! ;-) Share your stories with me in the comments here or on Facebook.