Monthly Archives: September 2009


The Everest Ornament 1

I know it’s a bit early for Christmas, but I had to share this little gem… The wonderful Cecelia Solomon, one of our hosts at the F.A.M.E. conference, put together “custom” welcome baskets for the authors. In mine was “The Everest Ornament” made (and signed) by Jeff Clapp. Inside the […]


Happy Birthday Jay!

One of the cool things about being an author is that you get to hang out with authors. Below, Jay Asher, author of “Thirteen Reasons Why,” blows an (early) wish for his 34th birthday here in Florida…a long way from home…at dinner with Peg Kehret, Stephanie Tolan, Leslie Helakowski, Marie […]


The Book Whisperer 2

I got a call a few weeks ago from librarian, and good friend, Joan Arth. She told me she had just read an excellent book by Donalyn Miller called “The Book Whisperer.” Joan also mentioned that Donalyn had kindly mentioned some of my novels in her book (which of course […]


FAME Conference 2

For our friends attending the F.A.M.E. (Florida Association for Media in Education) conference in Orlando, below are Marie’s and my speaking and signing schedules. You’ll have to check the conference program for exact room locations, but these are the times. Hope to see you there! Marie’s Schedule: Wednesday, September 30th: […]


Talawanda Middle School

Leaving Oxford, Ohio today… Yesterday afternoon I did a taped television interview with Jay Kimieck, the Associate Director of the Miami University Partnership Office, the wonderful organization the brought me here for the Sandy Hormell Book Celebration. Last night I did a well attended public presentation at the university, followed […]


Travel Day 3

I’m headed east to Oxford, Ohio this morning. A short trip for me. I’ll be back Friday. And I promise I won’t go into this much detail in future posts because I usually fly someplace every week. To repeat this every time I fly someplace to speak would be really […]


The Farm Where We Live 10

I love autumn on the farm, but I’m not here much this time of year, which makes it that much sweeter when I am. I’m often asked: “Where do you live?” I live in Oregon (born and raised). My wife, Marie, and I have a small farm twenty minutes south […]


Video – Elephant Run 11

See a short  clip about Elephant Run from Scholastic Book fairs. Curriculum is ready. But as soon as Nick arrives, trouble erupts in this remote Burmese elephant village. Japanese soldiers invade, and Nick’s father is taken prisoner. Nick is stranded on the plantation, forced to work as a servant to […]


September 20th 2009

I’m at the farm for a few days before I take off to speak in Oxford, Ohio at the Sandy Hormell Book Celebration. I’m working on the final edits to “Beneath” a new novel that should be out this time next year. I’m also working on finishing up I,Q2, and […]