Inspired by the true story of a racially divided Arizona football team who must find a way to win before their home becomes a ghost town.
Knopf Books for Young Readers October 8 2013.
3 unlikely friends & a town set to shutter
1 chance to win it all or be forgotten
MUCKERS … the story of an Arizona mining town and its team that defied the odds.
My first novel LITTLE JOE is a finalist for the South Carolina Children’s Book Award! Now out in paperback, Little Joe looks at the choices a young farm boy must make about treating animals and his relationship with the calf he raises for auction. Get the Teachers’ Guides.
- FINALIST South Carolina Children’s Book Award
- MASTER LIST Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award
- NAT’L PICK USDA’s Agriculture In The Classroom
- NAT’L PICK AMERICAN FARM BUREAU’S Feeding Minds & Cultivating Growth
Babe Conquers The World
Rich and I are writing a sports biography on the greatest woman athlete, Babe Didrikson Zaharias. The book, our first nonfiction project, is aimed at middle graders and will be published by the Boyds Mills imprint, CALKINS CREEK PRESS.
Here we are with Calkins Creek editor Carolyn Yoder, announcing the release date of BABE CONQUERS THE WORLD, out in MARCH 2014!
Right In My Backyard …
Following the sweet, steamy scent of SUGAR HOUSES making maple syrup.
Waiting in line for blueberry pancakes is worth it at Stuart and John’s Sugar House in Westmoreland, NH. Each table gets a vat of maple syrup—still warm and made half an hour earlier!
It’s a form of local agriculture I look forward to supporting every year at this time. Sugaring is labor-intensive. It takes plenty of muscle-power to collect buckets laden with sap and to chop wood that will heat the machines that turn the sap into liquid gold. A family-run operation like most sugar houses in New Hampshire, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup. Stuart and John tap 12 thousand trees, “here, there and everywhere,” says John. It was fun to wait in the SUGAR ROOM out back before breakfast, where an evaporator turns the sap into syrup, with John pouring us all samples. YUM!
Dade County Teaching LITTLE JOE
Dade County Educators have selected Little Joe as an accurate image of agriculture.
Calling the book a great way to “jump into the life of a young rancher by reading a short novel,” the Florida educators are taking Little Joe into the classroom.
I can’t wait to read the LITTLE JOE TEACHING GUIDE that’s been specially written for the new COMMON CORE Standards. http://www.dade-agriculture.org/p/education.html
Another Award List for LITTLE JOE
The 4th graders at NEEDVILLE TEXAS ELEMENTARY have voted Little Joe to their list of 2013 BLUE JAY AWARD nominees.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s a blue ribbon moment to be nominated to the list! Thanks to librarian Cindy Kendziora for getting the fourth graders so enthused about reading.
Find out more about the nominees here: http://bit.ly/VULuUX