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Big Sam

Some terrific news arrived yesterday morning. My book Big Sam,  with stunning artwork by Jim Starr, was named a Notable Book for the Sydney Taylor Award by the Jewish Book Council. This is a big honor. Big Sam and I are very proud.

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The Search for the Shamir

The Search for the Shamir, the second Scarlett and Sam adventure is just out. This time the twins help King Solomon build the Temple in Jerusalem. Sounds easy. The problem is the construction has to be done without iron tools. Iron is a metal of war and God’s Temple must be a house of peace. As […]

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I Want A Real Bike (in Oregon)

2018 is off to a great start. I have several new books that I’m very excited about. Here’s one of my favorites: I Want A Real Bike (in Oregon.) Our main characters has outgrown his bike. He really needs a new one to keep up with his friends. There are so many different kinds of […]

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Happy New Year

2018 is here and I couldn’t be happier. The entire holiday season was a bust. I got very sick and spent the entire holiday period coughing and coughing. I believe I know where I picked up the bug. I did a school visit just before Hanukkah. The children were lovely; absolutely no complaints there. However […]

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Old Friends

I just got back from having lunch with my friend Chris Wubbenhorst, who was one of the best children’s librarians I ever met. Unfortunately, about 20 years ago, budget cuts led her district to reduce the number of librarians. Chris was given the choice of going back to the classroom or looking for another job. […]

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Autographing at Wild Arts

I spent a delightful afternoon at the Portland Audubon Society’s Wild Arts Festival. It’s one of our city’s premier shopping events. Lots of authors and artists offering all sorts of books and handicrafts focused on the wildlife and natural environments that the Audubon Society works hard to protect and maintain. I’m always honored to be […]

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Say Hello to Big Sam

I have another book coming out in August. Say ‘Hello’ to Big Sam, the giant. Sam has to make a giant challah for Rosh Hashanah, enough to feed all his friends. He has a lot of them and some are pretty big. On the other hand, the Grand Canyon makes a fine mixing bowl and […]

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A Surprise On My Doorstep

I opened the door this morning to find a box of books on my front porch. The publisher usually sends a box of 10 or 20 books to the author and the artist when a new book or a new edition comes out. This box contained copies of my Book of Greek Myths in Portuguese […]

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Always Working On Something!

This has been a busy spring so far. I’ve been busy working on several new books. Yesterday I finished revising the proposal for a third Scarlett and Sam adventure. This time they’ll have an undersea adventure with Jonah the prophet (a very unpleasant fellow.) Everyone talks about Jonah and the Whale. There’s no whale in the […]

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A Real Bike

Spent yesterday reviewing the sketches for the illustrations for a new book coming out next year. It’s called If I Had A Real Bike. It follows a simple story. Our hero wants to move up from a baby bike to a “real” bike. There are so many different kinds. Which kind shall it be? Road […]

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