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Recap: the WING & CLAW tour for Book One, FOREST OF WONDERS



Days away from home: 17

Air + road miles: approx 6,500

States: 7 . California, New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee

Schools visited: 16



Interviews: 14

…including this one, with Becky Anderson of Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville

Presentations: 22

Books read: 6 (see below)

Books signed: hundreds

Readers met: thousands!

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Bat rings distributed: 300



Sides ordered at Monell’s Cafe in Nashville: 7


(Mashed potatoes, turnip greens, corn pudding, cornbread dressing, green beans, mac & cheese, broccoli salad)

Festival appearances: 2

The Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival, Redlands CA

The Southeastern Young Adult Bookfest, Murfreesboro TN

Special thanks to the organizers of these two TERRIFIC festivals. Can’t recommend them enough!


Bookstore sponsors: 6

Mrs. Nelson’s, Pomona CA

Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee WI

Kids’ Ink, Indianapolis IN

Book Stall, Winnetka IL

Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville IL

Parnassus Books, Nashville TN

MTSU Bookstore, Murfreesboro TN


Librarians / teachers thanked: dozens

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…including Sam Bloom, Cincinnati Public Library, and Randy Lynn, DaVinci Academy, Elgin IL.


My tour guru was Lindsey Karl, publicist at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Lindsey straightened out dozens of little details on the fly, everything from flight glitches to hotel snafus. THANKS, LINDSEY!

The books I read on the road:

PAX, by Sara Pennypacker –Middle-grade realistic fiction, alternating viewpoints, boy and fox.

DUMPLIN’, by Julie Murphy –YA contemporary. All hail the fat girl!

AT THE CROSSING PLACES and THE JANUS STONE, by Elly Griffiths  –Adult. The first two books in the Ruth Galloway series, mysteries starring a forensic archaeologist.

NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT, by Derek B. Miller  –Adult. Thriller with an octagenarian protagonist.

ONE MAN’S FLAG, by David Downing  –Adult, spy novel. WWI and the Irish Easter Rising.

ALL highly recommended: I’m so grateful for books that dissolve the long hours of airport and airplane time! Special thanks to Betsy Groban for the Griffiths and Miller titles.

FOREST OF WONDERS has now been launched into the world. I can’t wait to hear about how it’s received by readers!

Favorite moment: Meeting one of the first young readers to have finished FOREST OF WONDERS. He eagerly asked when the second book of the series would be out. I told him March 2017, and his expression…”crestfallen” is putting it mildly! So glad there’s already someone waiting for the next WING & CLAW book!




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