31 Most-Wanted Holiday Gifts for Teens, According to Actual Teenagers

For RetailMeNot, I polled a bunch of teenagers to find out what’s on their holiday wish lists. Here are 31 teen-approved ideas for the holidays. https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/holiday-gifts-for-teens.html

These 13 Artificial Christmas Trees Are Everything—and They Start at $8

I didn’t think I wanted an artificial tree until I wrote this feature for RetailMeNot. CHECK OUT THIS PINK BEAUTY!

“Clean Teen”

I hadn’t heard the term “clean teen” before pertaining to YA titles — this PW article, “YA Publishing Widens Its Lens,” touches on this and other topics. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/81524-ya-widens-its-lens.html

16 Spooktacular Halloween Decorations Starting at $2

More Halloween content! Decorate your home or yard with one of these 16 finds (at RetailMeNot).

Halloween Costumes for Families

Over at RetailMeNot, I found a bunch of cute ways to celebrate Halloween with your whole family.

Interview and giveaway with Jamie Sumner, author of Roll with It

Middle-grade author Jamie Sumner talks to me about her new novel, ROLL WITH IT, and shares why she loves writing for middle-grade readers. Check it out over at From the

Grand Cru in Rhinebeck

I don’t often get the chance to re-interview someone, so it was a fun treat to return to Grand Cru for Rural Intelligence this week. Cheers! https://www.ruralintelligence.com/food/grand-cru-same-neighborhood-vibe-in-a-new-neighborhood

Taking Middle Grade to Market

Interesting Publishers Weekly article on reaching middle-grade readers, and the importance of teachers and librarians in getting books into the hands of kids. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/81174-taking-middle-grade-to-market.html

Romance for RAICES

Here’s a great way to support RAICES and The Young Center — bid on one (or more) of the prizes up for silent auction at Romance for RAICES. You can

Early Holiday Shopping Picks

Welp, it’s time. I’ve already gotten the list from Amazon and Target on their top toys, and my coworker Noelle at RetailMeNot has picked her hottest toys of the season,