Welcome! Please browse my website to learn more about me and my books.
I write for kids and young adults, mostly about science and nature. I also have a strong interest in multicultural literature because I've lived in and worked in Kenya, South Africa, Japan, the Philippines, and the Marshall Islands.
Pursuing the stories I want to tell has sent me spider-catching in San Francisco, frog-hunting in Wyoming, tuna-tagging in North Carolina, seahorse-diving in the Philippines, and beer-bottle-searching in Death Valley (hey, it was a science experiment). I've huddled at the feet of a silverback mountain gorilla and watched in awe as a fifteen-foot white shark investigated our twelve-foot dinghy.
The people I meet inspire me, too. I've gotten to know George Schaller, the Zen master of field biology, and Tyrone Hayes, the rap master of frog research. I have the immense pleasure of turning my experiences into articles and books that I hope will make light bulbs go on in children's brains.
My latest book is THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY. It will be my fourth title in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's "Scientists in the Field" series. After you read it, you'll see bottlenose dolphins in a whole new light....I promise!
Next up...SAMURAI RISING, a biography of Minamoto Yoshitsune, Japan's most famous warrior. SAMURAI RISING will be published by Charlesbridge in February 2016. In August 2016, my new "Scientists in the Field" arrives-- CROW SMARTS: INSIDE THE BRAIN OF THE WORLD'S BRIGHTEST BIRD.