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*****Recent News *****


  • I will be attending Anderson Bookshop’s 2024 LITaPalooza in July.
  • How to Catch a Cryptid: using cutting-edge technology to find legendary creatures is set to hit stores in February 2025!
  • I love Shepherd’s book lists! I formed one for my top five books with a fun competition/game as the heart of the story. See it here.

**** Previous Events ****


  • Anderson’s Booksho’s 2023 LitaPalooza
  • On May 1, 2023, I visited Lace School in Darien, Illinois. 
  • Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament made the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List for 2021-2022! Read about the master list here!
  • On March 27, 2019, I participated in the “Fantastic Worlds, Incredible Journeys” panel of the School Library Journal’s inaugural Middle Grade Magic virtual summit! The SLJ is always having awesome events. For more information, please click here.
  • On May 3-5, 2019, I attended the SCBWI’s Marvelous Midwest regional event in Naperville, Illinois, where I met fellow 2019 debut middle grade authors Jody J. Little (@JodyJLittle) and Karla Manternach (@MsKarlam)!
  • On August 10, 2019, I moderated a middle grade debut author panel at Anderson’s Bookstore in Downers Grove, Illinois, where fellow #Novel19 debuts Malayna Evans, Niki Lenz, Karla Manternach, and Rajani LaRocca talked about their fantabulous books!
  • On October 1, 2019, I had a launch party at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove, Illinois!
  • On October 2, 2019, I visited Maplebrook Elementary School and Patterson Elementary School in Naperville, Illinois, for author/school visits!
  • On October 15, 2019, I visited Sherman Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, for a school visit courtesy of the Wisconsin Book Festival.
  • On October 28, 2019, I attended visited Milwaukee Montessori, STEM Randall School, and Glen HIlls Middle School (Wisconsin) through Boswell Book Company.
  • On October 29, 2019, I visited Stone Bank Elementary and Summit Elementary in Oconomowac, Wisconsin, for school visits through Books & Company.
  • On November 15, 2019, I was at Shakespeare & Co. in Philadelphia, PA with fellow middle grade author Nicole Valentine for a discussion on our books and sci-fi in Middle Grade.
  • On November 17, 2019, I was at An Unlikely Story in Plainville, MA, for a SteaMG panel with fellow sci-fi authors Christine Taylor-Butler, Caroline Carlson, and Joshua Levy.
  • On December 12, 2019 I visited Komarek Elementary in North Riverside, Illinois, for an author school visit.
  • On January 23, 2020, I visited Elmwood Park Elementary in Elmwood Park, Illinois for an author school visit.
  • On February 12, 2020, I visited elementary schools in Wheeling, Illinois for author school visits.
  • On February 22, 2020, I attended Anderson Bookshop’s Children’s Literature Breakfast in Woodridge.
  • On February 25, 2020, I visited elementary schools in Naperville, Illinois.
  • On March 6, 2020, I visited elementary schools in Ottawa, Illinois.
  • On March 22, 2020, I will be attending the 2020 WEMTA Author Fair in Wisconsin Dells. (Cancelled-pandemic)
  • On March 27-28, 2020, I will be a panelist at KidLitCon in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Cancelled-pandemic)
  • On July 16, 2020, I served as a panelist on three panels for NerdcampPA’s virtual conference. 
  • On September 22, 2020, I moderated Summer Short’s virtual book launch to celebrate her debut, The Mutant Mushroom Takeover!


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