Welcome to my intercultural world! Originally from Massachusetts, for more than twenty years I have lived, worked, and raised a family in Japan. My books reflect my bilingual, cross-cultural world.
Falling into the Dragon's Mouth confronts school bullying in Japan. Jason--a sixth grader, orange belt in aikido, and big brother--struggles to cope with escalating aggression at school and thinks aikido will help him. Read 30 companion #NoticePoems on my HATBOOKS BLOG .
The Language Inside is about displacement, poetry, noodles, love and language. A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults title and a 2014 Notable Books for the Language Arts selection, this verse novel includes poems and many poem references. Read the story behind the story here, and download the Discussion, Writing, Activity and Service Guide for The Language Inside HERE.
Orchards won the 2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Bicultural Kana is a Japanese and Jewish/American girl sent from her home in New York to spend the summer with relatives in Japan after the death by suicide of a classmate. As Kana is immersed in the mikan orchards of the tiny village of Kohama, she tries to make sense of what happened.
Twilight Chant, my forthcoming picture book, is a lyrical evocation of the transition between day and night and an exploration of the animals who thrive during this time. Due out from Clarion in 2018.
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May you have many wonderful cross cultural journeys. Safe travels to you!