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Countdown to BREAKOUT: Design notes and covers and book release day!!

Three years ago tonight, two inmates broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Northern NY, launching a massive 23-day manhunt…and a spark of an idea for a novel. Many drafts and revisions later, BREAKOUT is out today from Bloomsbury! This book, which earned starred reviews from both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, is about a small-town […]

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Countdown to BREAKOUT: Copy edits and proofreading

Guess what? BREAKOUT comes out tomorrow!!! If you haven’t already pre-ordered, today is a great day to do that – it’s the last day you can take advantage of this fun offer from Bloomsbury for a free poster & set of bookmarks.  PRE-ORDER SIGNED COPIES OF BREAKOUT FROM THE BOOKSTORE PLUS If you’d like a […]

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Countdown to BREAKOUT: Revising again…and again…

Countdown to Breakout is a 23-day blog series about the three-year writing process for BREAKOUT, my new novel for young readers, which earned starred reviews from both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. It’s about a small-town prison break and manhunt that change the way three kids see their neighbors and the place they call […]

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Countdown to BREAKOUT: Working with an Editorial Letter

Countdown to Breakout is a 23-day blog series about the three-year writing process for BREAKOUT, my new novel for young readers, which earned starred reviews from both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. It’s about a small-town prison break and manhunt that change the way three kids see their neighbors and the place they call […]

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Countdown to BREAKOUT: The Big-Picture Revision Chart

Countdown to Breakout is a 23-day blog series about the three-year writing process for BREAKOUT, my new novel for young readers, which earned starred reviews from both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. It’s about a small-town prison break and manhunt that change the way three kids see their neighbors and the place they call […]

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Countdown to BREAKOUT: Revising on my own

Countdown to Breakout is a 23-day blog series about the three-year writing process for BREAKOUT, my new novel for young readers, which earned starred reviews from both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. It’s about a small-town prison break and manhunt that change the way three kids see their neighbors and the place they call […]

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Countdown to BREAKOUT: The writer’s to-do list

Countdown to Breakout is a 23-day blog series about the three-year writing process for BREAKOUT, my new novel for young readers, which earned starred reviews from both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. It’s about a small-town prison break and manhunt that change the way three kids see their neighbors and the place they call […]

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Countdown to BREAKOUT: Picking Strawberries

Countdown to Breakout is a 23-day blog series about the three-year writing process for BREAKOUT, my new novel for young readers, which earned starred reviews from both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. It’s about a small-town prison break and manhunt that change the way three kids see their neighbors and the place they call […]

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Countdown to BREAKOUT: Visiting a Character’s Neighborhood

Countdown to Breakout is a 23-day blog series about the three-year writing process for BREAKOUT, my new novel for young readers, which earned starred reviews from both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. It’s about a small-town prison break and manhunt that change the way three kids see their neighbors and the place they call […]

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Countdown to BREAKOUT: Relationships in a Fictional Family

Countdown to Breakout is a 23-day blog series about the three-year writing process for BREAKOUT, my new novel for young readers, which earned starred reviews from both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. It’s about a small-town prison break and manhunt that change the way three kids see their neighbors and the place they call […]

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