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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.

Teachers and administrators from Seattle Public Schools, please contact me for details and to schedule a visit.

Thank you, Virginia Hamilton Conference, for awarding me the 2013 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award.

“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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