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Thank you, Creative Advantage, for selecting me as a Seattle Community Arts Partner. The Community Arts Partner Roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools. For information on my programs for k-12 learners, please contact me.

Thank you, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, for supporting my work with a CityArtist grant to complete the Betting Blind series (coming Fall 2014) and to offer free author visits to qualifying Seattle high schools.

Thank you, 4Culture, for funding an online publication by the teens at King County Juvenile Detention (coming in 2015).

Thank you, Virginia Hamilton Conference, for awarding me the 2014 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award.

“Whip-smart Billy’s over-active imagination usually leads to small disasters. His parents are frustrated, and Billy’s relationship with them is deteriorating. With the help of a therapist, he begins managing his impulses. Billy and his family are fully drawn, and many kids will recognize familiar dynamics in this funny tale. Black-and-white spot art and comic strips highlight Billy’s humorous inner musings.” — The Horn Book

“Strong characterizations… Readers will cheer for Billy.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Appealing to even the most reluctant reader.” –Library Media Connection

From parents and readers on the Amazon Vine program:

“My son is a reluctant reader, but Billy the Kid is Not Crazy is the first book he ever read with enthusiasm on his own. He laughed out loud a few times, and could really relate to the main character.” –Scott Sherman

“I’m considering buying ten copies to have on hand as my friends’ children age. This is great for kids and parents. It’s about a boy who is totally NOT crazy. He’s a typical dreamer who often makes bad decisions because…he’s still a kid!” –Mage

“My third grader loves this book. It is filled with heart and humor… I love the jokes that are mixed in and the heartfelt moments. Junie B., watch out.” –Edward Walker

“The author has done such a wonderful job with these characters… The artwork is a great addition, delivering tons of laughs. Combine that with some truly witty dialogue and you get a book that is in turn hilarious, thoughtful, and very real.” –J. Prather

“The artwork in the book is great, lots of fun. Really adds a lot and speeds up reading! Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended!” –K. Davis

“I got this book for a boy who is diagnosed with Asperger’s… He sped-read through the book once and liked it so much that he’s reading it through again but more slowly. He says the title character is ‘just like’ him.” –J. Tant

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