Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Delighted to finally post the following good news about my second novel, ISLAND'S END, which was released in August, 2011 (I've had a hectic and hard time these past months, hence the delay in posting this information). ISLAND'S END  received *starred*reviews in KIRKUS, BOOKLIST, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL and PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY. It's also been included on the following best book of the year lists: ALA's Amelia Bloomer; ALA and YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults; CCBC; KIRKUS, and BOOKLIST Editor's Choice, best books of the year. My publisher, Penguin, created a lovely YouTube video about ISLAND'S END featuring photographs I took from my time on the islands ( ), as well as a free downloadable discussion guide for the novel. I created a free downloadable powerpoint file which has several reader response journal ideas, discusssion questions etc. related to ISLAND'S END - available through my website: 
Here below are quotes from the starred reviews:
* "consistently engrosses...refreshingly hopeful and beautifully written"
 - Starred review KIRKUS
* "a lovely novel...offering an enticing blend of mystic tradition and imaginative speculation"
- Starred review PW
* "Vividly written and expertly paced ...a moving story that will stay with readers long after the end"
- Starred review SLJ
* "succeeds intricate yet wholly accessible story"
-Starred review BOOKLIST