Me and the Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted on Sunday, 24th August, 2014

Here I am, taking the ice bucket challenge. I have challenged Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Great Review of EVERYONE DIES, from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Posted on Wednesday, 20th August, 2014


From the September, 2014 issue:

When the journalism assignment for his summer academic program at the Univer- sity of Missouri proves to be nothing more than a few fluff pieces, seventeen-year- old Sherman decides to do some snooping of his own in the library and discovers what appears to be a minor scandal and unsolved death from 1935 involving a now-disappeared minister. Sherman’s search for more information draws attention from a mysterious society, and he suddenly finds himself at knifepoint—twice—and being shot at. Determined to figure out who’s trying to kill him, Sherman finds a wrongfully institutionalized psychiatric patient who helps him decipher the links between a number of killings spanning from the 1830s through the 1970s that all center on one name—P. Saberhagen—and an enigmatic insignia. Aided by the student librarian Christine, nicknamed Charlie (who Sherman finds seriously cute), Sherman discovers that Saberhagen made a deal that grants his immortality, for a price . . . and he wants Sherman in on it, one way or another. Katcher, author of Almost Perfect (BCCB 1/10), captures the flawed but honest voice of a guy who’s driven to succeed in his career—and with a girl—and finds himself in over his head; plenty of pop culture references, hubris, and hormones add authenticity. The breathtaking pace is balanced with flashbacks to the minister and his posse’s parallel investigation of Saberhagen, and though the shift to supernatural (and even Christian mystic) elements in the thriller is a little abrupt, it’s not unpleasant. Romance? Check. Comedy? Sure. Overall, though, this is a grittier (and slimmer) contemporary version of Bray’s The Diviners (BCCB 10/12), giving it reluctant reader appeal for the Stephen King crowd.

Great review of PLAYING WITH MATCHES in German!

Posted on Thursday, 17th July, 2014


Check it out at the Live. Love. Read. Blog

EVERYONE DIES review in STL Magazine

Posted on Thursday, 10th July, 2014

stlouisWhat a great review.

Keystone Victory

Posted on Wednesday, 28th May, 2014


Oh, and Pennsylvania also has marriage equality now. Thirty-one to go!

Oregon Trail

Posted on Monday, 19th May, 2014


Congrats to Oregon for legalizing marriage equality! It’s just a victory after a victory these days, isn’t it?


Posted on Tuesday, 13th May, 2014

That’s Voice of Youth Advocates will be printing this great review of Everyone Dies in the End in their June issue:


Seventeen-year-old Sherman Andrews is accepted into the Missouri Scholar’s Academy the summer before his senior year. Interested in journalism, he wants to become an award-winning investigative journalist within the next ten years. What better way to start this plan than by turning out an investigative gem for his summer project? He thus decides to delve into the historical documents in the basement of the Missouri Historical Society, and ably assisted by student librarian Charlie, he uncovers a dangerous secret that soon has them (and his Scooby Gang classmates) fighting for his life.

The novel opens with an attack on Reverend Gowen in Columbia, Missouri, on September 3, 1935. Written in italics, this narrative continues throughout the novel and is juxtaposed against Sherman’s investigation. In fact, it is Sherman’s investigation of this attack that draws the two narratives together and puts his life on the line when he comes up against a foe whose claim to demonic immortality makes him virtually unbeatable. Sherman’s interaction with the other students in his program should appeal to fans of school stories. His frantic struggle to survive against virtually unbeatable odds will have fans of urban fantasy and dark, dangerous mysteries on the edge of their seats. This is another extremely well written, satisfying young adult novel by the author of Playing with Matches (Random House, 2008/VOYA October 2008) and Almost Perfect.

Completely Useless By September

Posted on Friday, 9th May, 2014


My friend Margo Dill has a new book out. It’s about the Chicago Cubs, but other than that, it’s great. Read my review here.

Malta Approves Same Sex Civil Unions

Posted on Tuesday, 15th April, 2014


Yet another country takes a step toward equality.

Great review at Forever Young Adult

Posted on Friday, 28th March, 2014

Check out the great review of EVERYONE DIES IN THE END at Forever Young Adult.