Two new YA books, and their authors’ discussing mental illness

Posted on October 13, 2017

Amazing bravery on the part of John Green and Cara Delevinge, both with new books out, and both speaking up about their own struggles with mental illness. Hoping that their voices shining a light on a painful–and very, very common–illness will help other young adults feel less alone and frightened, and hopefully more likely to get help.


Last Day for the #PubforPR Auction

Posted on October 5, 2017

To support those in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria, a huge number of book people (authors, agents, editors, etc.) organized a #PubforPR Auction. Bid on items, proceeds go to relief efforts. Today’s the last day to bid, so get on it!


Hello, Peanut

Posted on September 15, 2017

Amazing — when my allergic kid was a baby, the conventional wisdom was to avoid those top allergens (like soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, etc.) until an older age. Now doctors are saying to forge ahead and feed babies those foods earlier. Hence this new baby food product, Hello Peanut, which the FDA is allowing to claim will reduce allergies in babies. (Sure, you could also thin peanut butter with water and feed it that way, as pointed out in the article, but still, this is really fascinating, and a total 180 from where we were even 10 years ago.



Meet Catherine Newman, author of One Mixed-Up Night

Posted on September 8, 2017

This week, I’m blogging over at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors, talking to Catherine Newman about her new book, One Mixed-Up Night. Come on by! 

The YA Bestseller Brought Down by the YA Community

Posted on September 3, 2017

The best thriller of the past month wasn’t found in a book but within the YA community online. Read all the details in Publishers Weekly.

12th Annual FARE Teen Summit

Posted on August 25, 2017


I love the idea of a bunch of kids with food allergies getting together to bond and have fun and tackle their health condition as a group. If you’ve got a tween or teen and you think they’d be into something like this, have them sign up for FARE’s Teen Summit, which will be held this November in California.



This kid is awesome

Posted on August 18, 2017

I so wanted to be a detective when I was a kid — but beyond putting “clues” into my black notebook (which I’d covered with sparkly purple nailpolish) and following my older cousin around to see if she’d smoked a cigarette (gasp), I never made it in the business. But 10-year-old Hilde Lysiak is the real deal. A journalist who broke news about a violent murder will now be the star of a series of books about her real-life newshound life. Amazing.



Book Lovers Day

Posted on August 9, 2017

Ooh, this is a thing? Fantastic! Happy Book Lovers Day, world! One way to celebrate — other than reading, obviously — is to check out the work over at Ideal Bookshelf. Jane Mount is an incredible artist and she honors the books that shape us with her amazing illustrations. Coolest of all, she can do a custom design of the books that mean the most to you, too. Check out all the cool stuff on their site.


An example of the amazing work from Ideal Bookshelf



Adult onset allergies

Posted on August 4, 2017

Interesting news via The New York Times and the rate of people who develop food allergies after the age of 18. I know here we focus on childhood food allergies — but it turns out it is quite common to grow into an allergy, too, not just grow out. Bummer.