About Me

I am the author of several novels for young readers including Mudville (2009), Mamba Point (2010), The Tanglewood Terror (2011), The Winter of the Robots (2013), and Rooting for Rafael Rosales. I am also the author of the Topps League series (illustrated by Eric Wight and Ethen Beavers). More about those books under My Books.

My newest novel, Rooting for Rafael Rosales, is about two brave kids who beat the odds: one, a budding environmentalist determined to expose the truth about her father’s employer, a Minneapolis pesticides manufacturer whose products have been linked to colony collapse; the other, a gifted baseball player living in San Pedro de Macoris, the Dominican Republic’s “Cradle of Shortstops.” It will be released in 2017 by Albert Whitman & Company.

I was born in Louisiana, but moved a lot as a kid — I lived in five states and three foreign countries before I graduated from high school! The most interesting place I lived was Monrovia, Liberia, which inspired my second novel. Moving made me an avid reader, because books were the friends I could take with me from place to place. I attended the University of North Dakota and the University of Maine before moving to Minneapolis.

I now live with my wife, Angela; my son, Byron, and five cats. In addition to writing I teach and manage online classes for the Loft Literary Center, teach an occasional comp class, and write book reviews for the StarTribune. I am a Twins fan, an avid reader across multiple genres, a crossword enthusiast, an occasional roller-skater, a clumsy but determined drawer, a long-distance runner, a frequent maker of soup, and am mildly obsessed with the Legend of Zelda video game series, which I often play and re-play with my son. (Or favorite is Majora´s Mask).

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