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I write books—novels, nonfiction, picture books, poetry—for young people, old people, and in-between people. You, presumably, read books. How fortunate that we’ve found one another! Have a look around. . . .

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COMING 9/20/2016

I DISSENT coverYou could say that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life . . . has been one disagreement after another. But here’s the big takeaway from my new picture book biography of the celebrated Supreme Court justice: disagreeing does not make you disagreeable! I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on this book about the Glorious RBG, who has made such a big difference in so many lives–one disagreement at a time.

AWARD-WINNING

We Shall Overcome jacket
“An inviting  introduction to a spirited and spiritual anthem”  –Kirkus Reviews

“enlightening and inspiring”  –Publishers Weekly

“An innovative capturing of history through the lens of a song and a passionate affirmation of human rights.” –Booklist

Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Honor Book 2014

A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book

American Folklore Society 2014 Aesop Accolade

Read the New York Times review

FOR YOUNG ADULTS

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    IMPERFECT SPIRAL: A NOVEL

     “Levy’s unflinching look at pain is masterful.”   —Kirkus Reviews

     “. . . a story of love and loss deepened by the protagonist’s inspiring development from someone afraid of conflict into someone who can stand up for what she believes is right.”  –The Horn Book

 “The discussion of. . . real issues is deftly woven into the story, never overshadowing the protagonist’s journey toward healing. . . . This book is sure to be a hit among teens seeking a substantive drama.” –School Library Journal

DOZER THE DOG!

Dozer's Run coverDOZER’S RUN: A TRUE STORY OF A DOG AND HIS RACE 

When Dozer the Goldendoodle broke through his fence to join the 2,000 runners in the Maryland Half Marathon, he was chasing adventure and fun–but he ended up championing the hopes of all who long for a cure for cancer.  This true story of a fun-loving, big-hearted dog entertains, inspires, and offers children a fresh way to think about how they–like Dozer!–can help others.

Winner of the 2016 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (Pennsylvania) and the 2016 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award (Kansas)

 

 

THE YEAR OF GOODBYES

 Year of Goodbyes jacket“An outstanding and emotionally taut read”
–School Library Journal (starred)

“An immensely powerful experience” –Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“crackles with adolescent vitality”  –Publishers Weekly (starred)

Kirkus Best Book, Parents’ Choice, Sydney Taylor Notable,
VOYA Nonfiction Honor

The Poesiealbum Project:  readers respond to The Year of Goodbyes

* NewWriting Workshop Guide for The Year of Goodbyes

 

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