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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 first three books in my new middle grade series, Penelope Crumb, Penelope Crumb Never Forgetsand Penelope Crumb Finds Her Luck published by Philomel/Penguin, are 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?

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.

The fourth book in the series, Penelope Crumb Is Mad at the Moon, will be released in September 2014. More on that later…