I recently learned that I've been named the recipient of the 2010 Ted Hipple Service Award from ALAN, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents. ALAN is a wonderful organization, and this recognition comes as a wonderful surprise.
You can read about it on the ALAN website:
My next book will be a children’s book about Larry Doby, the first African American in the American League. Doby entered the Majors just a few weeks after Jackie Robinson in 1947. Doby’s success proved that Robinson was no fluke and helped pave the way for more African American baseball players to enter the Major Leagues. This book will be published by Candlewick Press.
I’m currently working on an historical novel set in the early 19th century. It’s a revision of a nonfiction manuscript I wrote a year or so ago. My editor convinced me (wisely) that because the historical record had so many gaps, the project would be better as historical fiction.
My next novel will also be historical, set in Arizona in the mid-1960s. It will deal with civil rights and race in the historical context of that time and place.