Awake in the World, my young adult debut novel, will be published in winter 2019 by Roaring Brook Press. I'm very pleased to share the cover, designed by Aimee Fleck, for the first time. 

From the Publisher's Weekly announcement, a short synopsis: Bad luck has always followed 17-year-old Zach, from his father's death to his family's poverty, until he meets Vanessa, a Carl-Sagan-obsessed classmate whose sights are literally set on the stars.

I'll have much more to share about this novel in the months to come, so stay tuned. In the meantime, the book is available for pre-order, and you can read this blog post for a little more detail.





Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Her family in tatters, Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, desperately trying to hold her unraveling home together. The days seem to blur together in a haze of unyielding sorrow.

Until her entire reality begins to unwind, and suddenly Eleanor finds herself slipping between unfamiliar worlds, torn from time itself by a mysterious stranger who seems to know Eleanor—and holds her family's darkest secrets. Learn more, or order a copy now.

Evocative of Madeleine L'Engle, Eleanor is for grown-ups who miss the landscape of inner dreams.

— Rachael Herron, author of The Ones Who Matter Most