You found me.

Hello. I hope you didn’t land here by mistake while searching for another Shawn Stout who is way more exciting than I am, like a ninja or the person who has the job of naming hurricanes. But even if you did find me by mistake, I won’t hold it against you. Sometimes mistakes turn out to be really the best thing.

I write books. For kids. Probably because inside I will always be ten years old.

Here’s some of what I’ve been up to lately…

The fourth book in my Penelope Crumb middle grade series, Penelope Crumb is Mad at the Moon, published by Philomel/Penguin, is in bookstores now! Penelope is a fourth grader with a big nose and an even bigger imagination. She does a lot of sneaking around, fibbing an eensy-weensy bit, and breaking about a gazillion of her mother’s rules. Oh goodness. This Penelope Crumb girl sounds like a handful, doesn’t she? The School Library Journal says “Stout’s series about this tween’s worries, insecurities, quirkiness and wit deserves a space in library collections looking for precocious, independent girl characters who might not be perfect but are something else: realistic.”

Penelope Crumb Never Forgets was chosen as a Bankstreet Best Book of 2014!

Penelope Crumb was chosen as a Bankstreet Best Book of 2013!

Penelope has her very own book trailer on YouTube. If you check it out, I will like you a whole big bunch.

My next book for middle grade readers, A Tiny Piece of Sky, comes out in January 2016. The story takes place in the summer of 1939 and involves three sisters, one restaurant, and a (possible) German spy. More on this soon…