My Work

Books

My first (but hopefully not my last) midgrade novel, The Secrets of the Cheese Syndicate,CBAY Books, 2009.  Midgrade Fantasy.

Here’s a synopsis: Robert Montasio didn’t think his day could get any worse until his sister drinks a bizarre soda that causes her to start shrinking.  Robert’s only hope is a mysterious organization known as the Secret Cheese Syndicate.  Unfortunately, they can’t help without a special cheese that has been lost for years.  Now, with a tiny little sister in his pocket, Robert has to travel the world to find the Mystic Cheese of Eliki and perhaps, discover secrets from his family’s past.

It’s available from all the usual online suspects and in select Barnes & Noble stores.

Anthologies Family Ties, Pauline Media, 2010. Midgrade Contemporary Fiction.

This is a great little collection of short stories originally published in the now defunct My Friend magazine. The Daughters of St. Paul have a publishing house, Pauline Media that has an expanding list of children’s titles. Sadly, their very good magazine is no longer with us, but they have pulled some of their best stories into paperback collections like Family Ties. The series is called “Catholic Quick Reads”. My story in this collection is the first story I wrote for my “Writing for Children” course from the Institute of Children’s Literature. It remains one of my favorite stories as it is part childhood memory, part imagination.

Magazines/Journals

“Make a Camping Memory”. Highlights for Children.  Forthcoming. Nonfiction.

“Notes from the Field: Connecting Kids with Authors.” School Library Monthly. February 2012.Professional Article.

“A Trumpeting Tradition (Old Cricket Says)”. Cricket. March 2011. Nonfiction.

“Hanging on to Sam”. Hopscotch. March/ April 2010. Short story.

“Sailing the NeonSea”. Boys’ Life. April 2008. Nonfiction.

“Do the Sudoku”. Boys’ Life. September, 2007. Nonfiction.

“Raisins to the Rescue!”. Boys’ Life. September, 2006. Nonfiction.

“Bubble Magic”. Story Friend. July 2006. Nonfiction.

“Gypsy’s Gifts”. My Friend. January 2006. Short story.

“Calling all Worm Farmers”. High Adventure. Winter 2005. Nonfiction.

“Squirmy Wormy Vermiculture”. Boys’ Quest.  April/May 2005. Nonfiction.