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Reading Guides for Teachers

The thoughtful souls at Orca Books have put together these reading guides for my Rapid Reads novels. Just click on the link to view, print, or download. They're free. The Barrio Kings reading guide The Way It Works reading guide Something Noble reading guide Just Gone...

How to Self-Publish like a Pro, Part 3

Read Part 1 in this series. Read Part 2 in this series. Having spent the past two years or so working on my manuscript-- all while doing the juggling-dance of work, family, and writing that will be familiar to artistic types the world around--and finally arriving at...

What does a feminist government look like?

To answer this question, we need look no further than Sweden: Terrifying, eh? Twelve women, ten men. How does Sweden describe its government? 'Sweden has the first feminist government in the world.' Radical! What does this mean, Sweden? 'This means that gender...

How Donald Trump Made Me Into A Feminist

Women’s rights matter more than anything right now. We need women in leadership roles, and we need to raise girls who are ready to take those roles on. We need to raise boys who understand that rape culture is real, and the more casually it is presented, the more insidious it becomes. My proof? Donald Trump is president.

Throwback: the most original present ever.

In April of 2001, I made a trip to the HarperCollins warehouse in Scranton, PA. I was in the midst of a book tour, and since I was in the neighborhood, someone from the warehouse called and asked me if I would come by and say hello. I was to shake a few hands and sign...

Reading Resources for Epic Game

Thanks are due to the Ontario Library Association Steering Committee, who created these reading resources for EPIC GAME, my latest Rapid Reads book for Orca Publishers' Raven imprint. EPIC GAME has earned me my fourth nomination for the OLA's Golden Oak Award. Click...

The gift of meditation

Almost thirty years ago, when I was a teenager, a friend gave me a meditation bench. It was collapsible, made of soft pine, and stained chestnut. It probably cost less than five bucks to make, but it's turned out to be one of the most valuable things I've ever owned....

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