TWO NEW Picture Books, coming in August and October!

THE ROUGH PATCH

(Greenwillow/HarperCollins, available August 14)

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3 STARRED REVIEWS from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher's Weekly

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Evan and his dog do everything together. They play and read and eat. But mostly you will find them tending to Evan’s extraordinary garden, where flowers and other good things flourish and reach for the sky.

But friends don’t always stay forever, and when Evan loses his, he destroys the place that meant the most to them, and creates something to match his mood. Something ugly and twisted, sad and stubborn, ragged and rough—and he likes it that way. 

Until one day. . .

Everyone experiences loss, and Evan is no exception.  Loss comes in many forms—someone moves, a friendship dissolves, a beloved object disappears. . and people die.  We react to losses in our own way—and often dismiss anger as being part of the reaction.  For Evan, the journey back to hope involves time and the healing power of nature.

"Understated yet powerful, The Rough Patch is a story that stays with you."
—Julie Danielson, IndieBound's BookPage

 

  The Rough Patch , Greenwillow Books, August, 2018

The Rough Patch, Greenwillow Books, August, 2018

GOT TO GET TO BEAR'S!

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, available October 30)

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 STARRED REVIEW, Booklist, June 1 2018
 

Bear never asks for anything. So when a mysterious letter arrives for the little chipmunk Izzy, urgently requesting her presence, she can’t refuse—even if there is a blizzard on the way!

Will Izzy make it to Bear's house?  How many friends will pitch in to help get her there?  And just what was it that Bear needed so urgently?

"The surprise resolution upon reaching Bear’s cozy den is highly satisfying, as is the book’s depiction of a blizzard that is no match for resourcefulness and camaraderie." —Connie Fletcher, Booklist

 

  Got to Get to Bear's!,  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2018

Got to Get to Bear's!, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2018

Book Events, Fall 2018
 

I'll be doing a limited book tour this fall, but signing book stock in stores throughout New England.  More dates will be posted as they're firmed up, but as of now:

August 14—6:30 PM.  The Blue Bunny Books and Toys, Dedham, MA—This is our book launch event--we're excited to be working with the folks at the Blue Bunny again.  Check store website for details.

August 22—10:00 A.M.  Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA.

September 22— Princeton Children's Book Festival, Princeton, NJ.
October 28— Toadstool Books, Keene, NH.  Details to come.

Brian Lies School Visits

It's summer, and I'm now booking dates for 2018-2019 academic year.  If you want a dynamic, engaging presenter whose programs have been called "the best author visit we've ever had!" at your school book festival or conference, contact me here.

What a treat it was to have Brian Lies present to our Grade 1-5 students today! His animated approach immediately captured everyone’s interest. There were so many ways that he ignited students’ imaginations and sent the message that it is hard work and perseverance that makes one a successful writer/ illustrator.

Whether it was in reading aloud his popular Bat series books, discussing/ showing how he generates words and stories, displaying his pages and pages of practice writings and drawings, or reading aloud his work as a second grade student, Brian got his audience thinking. Kids and adults loved his humor, role playing, drawing demonstration, and easy rapport.

We thank the PTO and you for providing our students and staff with this learning opportunity that will extend into their classroom reading and writing instructional time.
We appreciate you!
— Principal, Massachusetts Elementary School (Dec. 2016)
 

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