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Industry Publishing
Occupation Writer
Introduction Random globetrotting Californian who spent five years in Scotland, wandered a while in Iceland, is learning Dutch and Spanish, and who has no idea where she lives now. MFA English & Creative Writing, Mills College, Oakland, 2004... 2010 Coretta Scott King Award Honoree for MARE'S WAR (still surprised by this). Third publication with Knopf Books for Young Readers: HAPPY FAMILIES, May 2012, fourth publication PEAS & CARROTS, 2016. Fifth publication, SERENA SPEAKS OUT forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books, 2020, and one more tbd, 2021. I believe the unexamined life isn't worth it, so I examine everything in excruciatingly detail, obsessive... or "thoughtful," to make it sound less sketchy. Reflective, gregariously introverted, happy being left alone to observe, read and write...
Interests young adult fiction, music, eating, cooking vegetarian, gardening, teas, doodling, clay sculpture, world religions, philosophy, linguistics, etymology, languages
Favorite Music Choral or classical, but also... Lost in the Trees, Elbow, Fiona Apple, Freshly Ground, The Innocence Project, and other Jules or NPR-introduced awesome.
Favorite Books Inclusive YA/MG fic, specfic & urban fantasy, the Work of Sir Terry Pratchett!, cozy mysteries, romances, whatever random book I pick up, mental_floss magazine, the OED.

Lionesses have no manes. How do they know when they've grown up?

The first time they take down a tofutti-beast alone.