On shelves now!
Ike Button, 11 and an endearing combination of credulous and cranky, is a high-energy wannabe hero who is constantly getting knocked down. And that's what makes him such fun. ... The characters charm, and the material is enhanced by the author's well-realized rendition of time and place. -Kirkus
Short chapters, simple yet meticulous language, a wholesome feel and the universal story of a boy with a dream combine to give this one widespread appeal. -Kirkus
Details and a sample chapter here
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It'll stick in your brain long after you've read it, this one, and you'll be glad that it's in there. -Fuse #8 blog
Hear a sample here.
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Ike's hometown newspaper in 1861 was the Keokuk Daily Gate City, so it's fun to have that same paper featuring an article about The Curse of the Buttons.
For their quirky celebrations feature, Kidsreads.com celebrates National Button Day with an interview about The Curse of the Buttons.
How setting inspires story, a Curse of the Buttons guest post on the blog of marvelous Elizabeth Dulemba.
Thanks to the Monterey County Weekly for this feature article, including an excerpt from Button Down.
I'm honored to be November's Star Author for Christchurch New Zealand Library's Kids Blog. Find writing tricks and treats, ideas for using pictures as story starters, and small collections any writer can start. Tiny Collections and Growing a Story: The art of doing nothing are also posted here on my website.
Just Launched is the Children's Literature Network's spot to read the behind the scenes scoop on newly released books. Here's my contribution about Button Down.
Marvelous Middle Grade Monday's Barbara Watson and I chat about the writing process in a post she calls Buttoning Down.
Novel and Nouveau is Barbara Watson's excellent blog about writing and reading middle grade lit. She generously reviewed The Luck of the Buttons recently, and asked me to write a guest post about process as well.
Bruce Black, author of Writing Yoga, interviewed me about process on his wonderful blog wordswimmer. Thanks, Bruce!
To celebrate The Luck of the Buttons release, there was a pie party on Amy Alessio's excellent Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts blog! Read and bake here: Memory Pie, It's All About the Crust, Pie Worthy, and Launch Day Pie. Then try Amy's excellent pie craft.