Curious City Besties Honors Deadly Wish!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Book: Deadly Wish, Japanese Demons, Ninjas, Reviews | 0 comments

Deadly Wish

Proud to have Deadly Wish honored as a Curious City Bestie! My tale of ninjas, monsters, friendship, and betrayal garnered a spot on the list for “Best Stalking by Giant Deadly House Cat.”

The Curious City Besties are selected by Kirsten Cappy, who knows more about kids’ books than pretty much anyone I know.

Here’s the full list–if you need books for kids on your holiday list or just appreciate a fabulously told story, this is the place to go!


Curious City Besties Awards ’17: Best KidLit for Ages 8-18

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Plesiosaurs On Bookshelves!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Ancient Animals, BOOK: Plesiosaurs, Reviews | 0 comments

51wu7pRcNPLIt’s here! The latest in the Ancient Animal series, Plesiosaurs, releases today. Not the Loch Ness Monster–these are the real thing. A early reader with clear, simple language describes the hunting habits, family life (Did they look after their young? Where did they lay their eggs?), and eventual extinction of these dinosaur relatives. Fun and fascinating!

(Check out Terror Bird and Saber-Toothed Cat for more prehistoric delight.)

Reviewers say:

“Thomson describes in short sentences and simple language how plesiosaurs hunted, got about with their flippers, gave birth to live young, and succumbed at last to an extinction event 65 millions years ago. Details both tantalize (the “smooth stones” in a plesiosaur’s stomach “may have helped to crush food”) and enlighten through concrete example: “Some plesiosaurs were only a bit longer than a broomstick. Some could’ve stretched halfway across a basketball court.” Plant juices up the presentation with dramatic (labeled) portraits of thrillingly toothy predators leaving trails of blood in the water as they eat and are eaten.
Tempting fare for young dino-devotees.
Kirkus Reviews

“Thomson brings a third book in the series to life with an entry on the plesiosaur. A title worth purchasing to round out a prehistoric animal collection.”
School Library Journal

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Deadly Flowers Wins Wisconsin Award!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Educators & Librarians, Japanese Demons, Ninjas, Reviews | 0 comments

Deadly Flowers

Giddy dancing and excitement around here, because Deadly Flowers has won the 2017 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, given by the Wisconsin Library Association for “distinguished achievement in children’s literature!”

So delighted. I’ll get to go to a library conference in the scenic Wisconsin Dells and speak to numerous sagacious and exceptional librarians. Can’t wait!

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What Reviewers Are Saying

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Reviews | 0 comments

Deadly Flowers

Deadly Flowers

…about Deadly Flowers:

“As [Kata] learns to rely on her new traveling companions and others who reach out to help them along the way, she begins to question some of her long held beliefs. Rather than trusting no one, she learns to decipher who is trustworthy, and instead of blind obedience to a master, she starts to wonder if freedom from any master is possible. This journey through feudal Japan and its hero folklore is reminiscent of some of Lloyd Alexander’s works. Ninja fans and others will fall in love with this daring, determined, and silent warrior.”
–Children’s Literature

“This is a great fantasy/historical/adventure mashup of a book. And I love that it is a female protagonist that has to think, act, and save the day. Seriously, this is one great adventure story. Just watch out for all those pesky (and sometimes evil) demons.”
Provo City Library, Provo, Utah

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