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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Catherine Klise  

Pen Name: Kate Klise

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1963 in Peoria, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Klise was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Catherine "Kate" Klise has written award-winning children's books in collaboration with her sister, illustrator Mary Sarah "M. Sarah" Klise. She attended Marquette University and has written articles for ''People'' magazine. Klise currently lives in Norwood, Missouri.

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Titles At Your Library

Dying to Meet You (43 Old Cemetery Road)
ISBN: 0547398484

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2010

Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer’s block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive. It’s hard to say who is more outraged. But a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man—and the abandoned kid? Well, let's just say his last name's Hope.

Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise, the creators of the award-winning Regarding the . . . series, offer up this volume in a clever epistolary series told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, a work-in-progress manuscript, and even an occasional tombstone engraving.

Over My Dead Body (43 Old Cemetery Road)
ISBN: 015205734X

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2009

The International Movement for the Safety & Protection Of Our Kids & Youth (IMSPOOKY) dictates that Seymour cannot live in the mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road "without the benefit of parents." Ignatius B. Grumply tries to explain to Dick Tater, the head of IMSPOOKY, that he and Seymour are in a lovely living (and publishing!) arrangement with the ghost of Olive C. Spence. Dick Tater is not convinced. But this clever trio can’t be broken up as easily as he imagines . . .
This companion to Dying to Meet You, the first book in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, is another spooky tale told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, and television scripts.

Till Death Do Us Bark (43 Old Cemetery Road)
ISBN: 0547850816

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2012

When a dog arrives at Spence Mansion, Seymour is overjoyed. His adoptive parents, Ignatius B. Grumply and Olive C. Spence, are less enthusiastic—especially when Secret, the dog, begins barking all night long. Is it possible Secret just misses his old companion, the late Noah Breth, whose children are fighting like cats and dogs over their father’s money? Or does Secret have a secret that, in the end, will make the entire town of Ghastly howl with delight?

The Phantom of the Post Office (43 Old Cemetery Road)
ISBN: 0544022815

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2013

The letter-loving trio at Spence Mansion has something to grieve about—Ghastly's post office is about to close, which will cut off their connection to their fans. A new invention called VEXT-mail is threatening to replace not only letters, but books, hair dryers, and even garage door openers! Could the mysterious occupant of P.O. Box 5 and his seemingly sinister plan save the doomed post office? Will he strike down Ghastly’s beloved ghostwriter in the process? In this fourth book in the award-winning 43 Old Cemetery Road series, eleven-year-old Seymour Hope and his new friend, Wy Fye, must solve this postmortem mystery . . . before it's too late!

Hollywood, Dead Ahead (43 Old Cemetery Road)
ISBN: 0547852835

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2013

In this fifth volume from 43 Old Cemetery Road, the trio at Spence Mansion leaves Ghastly for Hollywood, California . . . and for a shot at stardom!

The film producer Moe Block Busters wants to make the 43 Old Cemetery Road story into a movie—and he promises it will be a sure-fire hit! Lured by the lights of Tinseltown, Ignatius B. Grumply, Olive C. Spence, and Seymour Hope pack their suitcases. But when they arrive in Hollywood, Olive has a sure-fire fit when she discovers how quickly fame changes Iggy and Seymour. Even worse, Olive has been written out of the script! “Little old lady ghosts are so yesterday,” says Moe. “What America wants is a terrifying ghost named Evilo.” Well, if it’s Evilo they want, it’s Evilo they’ll get. And Olive knows just the femme fatale to help her scare Hollywood’s most despicable director half to death.

Greetings from the Graveyard (43 Old Cemetery Road)
ISBN: 0544105672

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2014

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
If a ghost can write books,
Why not greeting cards, too?

The bestselling trio from Spence Mansion is launching a greeting card company called Greetings from the Graveyard. But what kind of card do you send to an ex-girlfriend who threatens to publish the love letters of Ignatius B. Grumply? And what do you send when the town of Ghastly is rocked by its first crime wave and two escaped convicts are on the loose? If you’re Olive C. Spence, you send for your old butler, T. Leeves, who arrives just in time for tea—and trouble!
Told in generously illustrated letters and newspaper articles, the 43 Old Cemetery Road books are a visual feast perfect for kids who love series like Big Nate and the Dork Diaries but with a ghostly twist.

The Loch Ness Punster (43 Old Cemetery Road)
ISBN: 0544810856

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2016

In the seventh and final installment of the popular 43 Old Cemetery Road series, twelve-year-old Seymour Hope has inherited a castle in Loch Ness, Scotland. It could be the perfect summer vacation spot for Seymour and his parents, Olive C. Spence and Ignatius B. Grumply. But Iggy wants nothing to do with the castle. Why? Because it was owned by his uncle Ian, a world-famous psychiatrist and the world’s worst punster. So Iggy stays home to write, and Seymour and Olive set off for Scotland—each with a secret.

Regarding the Fountain
ISBN: 0380793474

HarperCollins. 1999

The Dry Creek Middle School drinking fountain has sprung a leak, so principal Walter Russ dashes off a request to Flowing Waters Fountains, Etc.

...We need a new drinking fountain. Please send a catalog.

Designer Flo Waters responds:

"I'd be delighted...but please understand that all of my fountains are custom-made."

Soon the fountain project takes on a life of its own, one chronicled in letters, postcards, memos, transcripts, and official documents. The school board president is up in arms. So is Dee Eel, of the water-supply company. A scandal is brewing, and Mr. Sam N.'s fifth grade class is turning up a host of hilarious secrets buried deep beneath the fountain.

Regarding the Sink: Where, Oh Where, Did Waters Go?
ISBN: 0152055444

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2006

Geyser Creek Middle School's cafeteria sink is clogged, and the smell is . . . well, P-U-trid. Of course, the savvy students in the sixth-grade class know just who can create a fabuloso new sink--Florence Waters, who designed the school's OTT (over-the-top) water fountain. But the famous fountain designer (and, more important, their good friend) has gone missing! Undeterred, these kids follow their hearts and noses all the way to China to find Florence . . . and sniff out a few stinkers along the way.

Told in letters, newspaper articles, and BEAN-mails, this story is guaranteed to make you laugh until beans fly out your nose!

Regarding the Trees: A Splintered Saga Rooted in Secrets
ISBN: 0152060901

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2007

Principal Walter Russ just wants a simple proposal to trim the overgrown trees outside Geyser Creek Middle School. So how does he end up with a wedding (rather than a weeding) proposal from designer Florence Waters? Meanwhile, a student camps out in a weeping willow tree behind the school the sixth-grade class explores its roots and a culinary rivalry develops in the cafeteria. A surprise event saves the day (and the trees, too)!
Includes tips on planting a tree and creating a family tree.

Regarding the Bathrooms: A Privy to the Past
ISBN: 0152051643

Harcourt Children's Books. 2006

Poor Principal Walter Russ. He's desperate for designer Florence Waters to renovate the school’s disgusting basement bathrooms, and the stress is causing him to get, ahem, all clogged up. Luckily, during their stressful summer school internships, the sixth graders uncover the perfect way for everyone to relax: by enjoying an ancient Roman spa and bath buried in the school’s basement! The fourth book in the Regarding the . . . series overflows with toilet humor. In their award-winning style that features newspaper spreads, letters, ads, and puns galore, the fabulous Klise sisters have created an unforgettable story about persistance, friendship, and learning to relax a little!

Regarding the Bees: A Lesson, in Letters, on Honey, Dating, and Other Sticky Subjects
ISBN: 0152066683

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2009

The seventh graders at Geyser Creek Middle School are beeyond stressed. They're preparing for a spelling bee and a horrible standardized test called the BEE (Basic Education Evaluation). Plus, this year the hunt for their honeys has become all-important. It's a good thing they have Honey, a bee that spells (yes, really!), as their class pet—and one fabulous teacher named Florence Waters. Sweet!
The fifth book in the Regarding the . . . series takes the sting out of spelling bees, standardized tests, and even dating. Using letters, newspapers, and whatever else strikes their fancy, the Klise sisters have again created a book that spells J-U-S-T P-L-A-I-N F-U-N.

The Show Must Go On! (Three-Ring Rascals)
ISBN: 1616204060

Algonquin Young Readers. 2014

In their trademark style, author Kate Klise and illustrator M. Sarah Klise blend a story bursting with jokes, puns, and wordplay with illustrations, signs, letters, recipes, and bold graphics to introduce Three-Ring Rascals. When Sir Sidney, a kindly old circus owner, becomes too tired to travel with his show, he places a Help Wanted ad in the newspaper. Enter Barnabas Brambles: “I have a degree in lion taming from the University of Piccadilly Circus.” But does Leo the lion need taming? Will Elsa the elephant still get her gourmet peanuts? And what will Brambles say when he discovers Bert and Gert--two mice who travel with the circus on popcorn cleanup patrol? Brambles has big plans: More cities! More shows! No more free popcorn. Soon he’s made a big mess of Sir Sidney’s Circus, but Leo, Elsa, Bert, Gert, and the rest of the performers agree: The Show Must Go On! Black and white line drawings throughout.

The Greatest Star on Earth (Three-Ring Rascals)
ISBN: 1616202459

Algonquin Young Readers. 2014

The rascals from the world’s friendliest family circus are back in the second installment of this “smafunderful”* fully illustrated series.

Everyone knows Sir Sidney’s Circus is the best in the world. But who’s the star of the show? The Circus Times is having a contest to find out. Just thinking about it gives Sir Sidney a worrywart, and it’s quickly clear why. Soon after he goes off to rest, the performers start thinking too much about winning the trophy and not enough about putting on a good show.

Meanwhile, it looks as if ringmaster-in-training Barnabas Brambles might need some help managing the crew, so Bert and Gert, the sly brother-and-sister mice who travel with the show, set out to write a book to teach him how it’s done.

Does Bert and Gert’s plan work? And who is the star of the circus? All will be revealed in The Greatest Star on Earth.

*Kirkus Reviews

The Circus Goes to Sea (Three-Ring Rascals)
ISBN: 1616204818

Algonquin Young Readers. 2015


“Youngsters will find reading smooth sailing and look forward to future escapades.” —Kirkus Reviews

For many years, Sir Sidney’s Circus has traveled by train. But one day a letter arrives from Miss Flora Endora Eliza LaBuena LaPasta inviting the circus to travel aboard the SS Spaghetti. Who can resist? The Spaghetti is a floating palace of elegance and entertainment. There’s only one problem: Miss LaPasta doesn’t want Barnabas Brambles to come aboard, because she’s heard he’s the meanest man alive. Lucky for Barnabas Brambles, his boss is Sir Sidney, the nicest man alive. Sir Sidney insists the entire circus, including Barnabas Brambles, accept the invitation. But Leo doesn’t like water. Elsa’s never been swimming. The Famous Flying Banana Brothers have no idea where they’ll put their trapeze. And what’s that large object up ahead in the water?

Praise for the Three-Ring Rascals Series:
“The story zips along, the text and illustrations are full of playful surprises, and the author sustains a tone of rare and genuine sweetness . . . Rich and inventive.” —Chicago Tribune

“Absurd situations, winning characters and plenty of heartfelt moments and laughs combine to make this a surefire hit.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fun pick for fans of silly stories and for reluctant readers, too.” —School Library Journal

Pop Goes the Circus! (Three-Ring Rascals)
ISBN: 1616205474

Algonquin Young Readers. 2015


The members of Sir Sidney’s Circus look everywhere. They don’t know that Bert the circus mouse has been carried away by a huge balloon. Meanwhile, far away, Flora Endora Eliza LaBuena LaPasta is tired of being ignored. Her parents seem to have no time for her as they prepare for a new baby, so Flora comes up with a plan to mail herself to her friends at the circus.

A popped balloon and a mixed-up shipment bring Bert and Flora together. In the worst of times, a best friendship is born. But how long can a tiny mouse and a runaway girl survive in a world of bad drivers, angry mobs, and greedy robbers?

The pals must find their way home in Pop Goes the Circus!

“Engaging black-and-white illustrations, with loads of word balloons, and charming humor make this another winning addition to the series.” —School Library Journal


“With this series, youngsters will find reading smooth sailing and look forward to future escapades.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fun pick for fans of silly stories and for reluctant readers, too.” —School Library Journal

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Secrets of the Circus (Three-Ring Rascals)
ISBN: 1616205660

Algonquin Young Readers. 2016

Everyone has a secret. But sometimes a little secret can become a big problem.

That’s what happens when circus mouse Gert’s secret pen pal, a pig named Pablo, runs away to join Sir Sidney’s Circus. Pablo doesn’t want to be sold to Prinkle’s Pork Chops. Farmer Farley doesn’t really want to sell Pablo, either, but he needs money to save his farm.

When the New Pork Times announces a pig race with a five-thousand-dollar prize, the members of Sir Sidney’s Circus--Gert, her brother Bert, Elsa the elephant, Leo the lion, and their friends--hope they’ve found a way to save Pablo and Farmer Farley’s farm, too.

The race is on in Secrets of the Circus.


“A fun pick for fans of silly stories and for reluctant readers, too.” —*School Library Journal

“The story zips along, the text and illustrations are full of playful surprises, and the author sustains a tone of rare and genuine sweetness . . . Rich and inventive.” —†Chicago Tribune

“Entertaining . . . Illustrations, complete with speech bubbles, are seamlessly interwoven with the text to capture the action and misadventures. There’s even a rousing song . . . Absurd situations, winning characters and plenty of heartfelt moments and laughs combine to make this a surefire hit.” —‡Kirkus Reviews

“Coined words, speech bubbles, newspaper articles, and other amusing features continue the big-top merriment.” Booklist

Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake
ISBN: 0805093133

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 2012

Larry is a little lamb with a larger-than-life grandmother. She talks loudly, carries a heavy sewing machine, and has big plans to take Larry to Tanzania and the South Seas when he grows up. She even has a secret handshake. It's all too much for shy little Larry―until a summer storm blows through the Lambs' valley, and Larry finds an unlikely hero in his own family.

Kate and Sarah Klise's gentle tribute to the bond between child and grandparent reminds us that it often takes time for little ones to fall in love―even with those who love them the most. Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake is perfect for grandparents and their own little lambs.

Stand Straight, Ella Kate
ISBN: 0803734042

Dial Books. 2010

Ella Kate Ewing was born in 1872. She started out small, but she just kept on growing. Soon she was too tall for her desk at school, too tall for her bed at home, too tall to fit anywhere. Ella Kate was a real-life giant, but she refused to hide herself away. Instead, she used her unusual height to achieve her equally large dreams.

The masterful Klise sisters deliver a touching and inspiring true story about a strong-minded girl who finally embraced her differences. It's the perfect book for every child who has ever felt like an outsider.

Why Do You Cry?: Not a Sob Story
ISBN: 0805073191

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 2006

Crying is just for babies―right?

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said of Kate and M. Sarah Klise's first picture book, Shall I Knit You A Hat?: "The Klises consistently sound notes of tenderness and humor." They continue to do so as Little Rabbit and his mother return in a sweet new story.

Little Rabbit is about to turn five, and he decides he's all through with crying. He doesn't want crybabies at his birthday party, so he tells his friends they can come only if they're big, like him, and don't cry anymore. When all of his friends admit to crying sometimes, Little Rabbit is shocked. Does everybody cry? Why?

Why Do You Cry? is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

"Author Klise presents young readers with a gentle lesson about growing up. Illustrator Klise fills her bright acrylic illustrations with delightful detail." - Kirkus Reviews

Shall I Knit You a Hat?: A Christmas Yarn
ISBN: 031237139X

Square Fish. 2007

"Shall I knit you a hat to keep your ears warm?"

To protect his ears from the cold and snow, Mother Rabbit knits Little Rabbit a hat. He loves his hat so much, he and his mother make them for all of his friends.

Imagine Harry
ISBN: 0152057048

Harcourt Children's Books. 2007

Meet Harry. He is the best friend a little rabbit could have. But no one else can see Harry, so Little Rabbit is extra careful to look out for him. He makes sure Harry gets plenty of cookies, no brussels sprouts, and absolutely no baths. Then Little Rabbit starts school, and he discovers that friendships change. Luckily, the best sorts of friends always know just when they're needed. Sisters Kate and Sarah Klise have created a profoundly sweet, emotionally true story about growing up, starting school, and the beauty of having a best friend (imaginary or not).

Little Rabbit and the Night Mare
ISBN: 015205717X

Harcourt Children's Books. 2008

One night, while Little Rabbit is sleeping, a very scary creature appears in his dream. Little Rabbit is so worried about the "night mare" that he can't eat or sleep--and he certainly can't work on his school report that's due at the end of the week. He makes signs. He builds traps. But nothing keeps that night mare away . . . until Little Rabbit dreams up a brave and brilliant solution. Kate and Sarah Klise have created a heart-meltingly sweet story that will empower kids everywhere to face their fears.

Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth
ISBN: 0152062017

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2010

Little Rabbit hears the drums and watches performers parade by. He really wants to go to the circus! His mother says he may go, but only after he cleans his playroom. Little Rabbit tries, but it’s no use. There’s only one thing to do: Join the circus and sell one hundred tickets to see the Meanest Mother on Earth! She’s terrifying! She’s not fair!

Mother Rabbit is tough, but only because she loves her Little Rabbit. He starts to understand this at the last sleepy moment, as he snuggles up under a homemade circus tent in his now clean playroom.

Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List
ISBN: 1250107148

Feiwel & Friends. 2017

Eli the dog has been with Astrid since her parents brought her home from the hospital as a baby. Now Astrid is getting older, and so is Eli. Before he slows down too much, Astrid wants to make fun memories with him. So she makes a bucket list for Eli, which includes experiences such as eating with him in a restaurant, and taking him down a slide at the playground.

But in the end, what is most important to Eli is the time he spends with Astrid, whom he loves dearly. Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise have created a story that reminds readers of all ages that time with our loved ones is the most precious gift of all.

Letters from Camp
ISBN: 0380793482

HarperCollins. 2000

Mom and Dad,
You've got to get us out of here! When you get this letter, COME IMMEDIATELY!
-- Charlie

The brother-sister pairs who arrive for the summer at Camp Happy Harmony are almost too busy fighting with each other to notice how strange the camp really is. Not only are the campers forced to wear bizarre uniforms, eat gross food, and do chores all day, but the members of the family that runs the camp fight constantly--with each other. Are the campers in danger? Or--in spite of sibling wars--do they need to stick together to solve the mystery humming under the surface of Camp Happy Harmony?

Trial by Journal
ISBN: 0380816725

HarperCollins. 2002

Get ready for a trial unlike any Tyle County has ever seen. Sixth-grader Perry Keet is missing, and Bob White, his co-worker at Tyle Park Zoo, will stand trial for the alleged murder. But Keet's disappearance is only the beginning of this legal thriller.

The real story is told by twelve-year-old Lily Watson, a classmate of Keet's. Watson was selected to White's jury because of a new law requiring a juvenile juror to serve if the case involves a child victim.

Part of Watson's duty will be to listen objectively to the testimony of Tyleville's wealthiest citizen, Rhett Tyle. His testimony is expected to be the key to White's conviction.

White's fate now rests in the hands of Watson and fellow jurors Fawn Papillon, Anna Conda, and other Tyleville locals, as they try to uncover the truth before it's too late!

ISBN: 0312570392

Feiwel & Friends. 2010

A middle grade novel about a 12-year-old girl dealing with loss, who uncovers a rather grisly scam involving a crematorium.

After her brother, sister, and father die in a plane crash, Daralynn Oakland receives 237 dolls from well-wishers, resulting in her nickname: Dolly. But dolls are little comfort to a twelve-year-old girl whose world is rocked by the dramatic changes in her life, including her angry, grieving mother's new job as a hairstylist at the local funeral home.

Dolly gets a job, too, where she accidentally invents a fashionable new haircut. But in Grounded by Kate Klise, her real work begins when a crematorium comes to town, and someone has to save a dying business, solve a burning mystery, and resuscitate the broken hearts in Digginsville, Missouri, population 402.

Deliver Us From Normal
ISBN: 0439523230

Scholastic Paperbacks. 2006

A humorous and heartbreaking novel about growing up in a large family. Now in paperback!

Yes, there really is a Normal, Illinois. Charles Harrisong should know he was born there. But life in Normal is difficult for Charles because his family isn't normal at all. They're poor, for one thing. They stand out, which is the worst thing. After an ugly incident at school, Charles and his family leave Normal in the middle of the night and begin an adventure that takes them to a shipwrecked houseboat that just might be their new home. And Charles begins a personal journey within his own heart--one that will ultimately deliver him both from and to himself.

Letters from Camp
ISBN: 0380793482

HarperCollins. 2000

Mom and Dad,
You've got to get us out of here! When you get this letter, COME IMMEDIATELY!
-- Charlie

The brother-sister pairs who arrive for the summer at Camp Happy Harmony are almost too busy fighting with each other to notice how strange the camp really is. Not only are the campers forced to wear bizarre uniforms, eat gross food, and do chores all day, but the members of the family that runs the camp fight constantly--with each other. Are the campers in danger? Or--in spite of sibling wars--do they need to stick together to solve the mystery humming under the surface of Camp Happy Harmony?

In the Bag: A Novel
ISBN: 0062108050

William Morrow Paperbacks. 2012

Bestselling YA author Kate Klise flies high with her first novel for grown-ups. In the Bag is You’ve Got Mail meets The Parent Trap in the 21st century—an absolutely enthralling story of globe-hopping, lost luggage, found opportunities…and the old-fashioned art of flirtation in a modern world. Told from the alternating perspectives of two single parents and their two teenage children, In the Bag is warm and witty, surprising, stylish, and smart contemporary women’s fiction for fans of Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, and Megan McCafferty. Kate Klise’s sparkling career as a novelist for adults has taken glorious flight!

ISBN: 1250008425

Feiwel & Friends. 2012

Benny's parents are splitting up. His mom leaves home after a fight about a mysterious splinter that is rumored to be part of an important relic. Benny's dad has always liked clutter, but now, he begins hoarding everything from pizza boxes to old motorcycle parts.

As his house grows more cluttered and his father grows more distant, Benny tries to sort out whether he can change anything at all. Meanwhile, a local teacher enters their quiet Missouri town in America's Most Charming Small Town contest, and the pressure is on to clean up the area, especially Benny's ramshackle of a house, before the out-of-town guests arrive.


Regarding the Fountain

  • California Young Reader's Medal 2001-2002
  • Connecticut Nutmeg Award 2001-2001
  • Florida Sunshine State Reader Award 2001-2002
  • Georgia Children's Literature Book Award 2001-2002
  • Illinois Rebecca Caudill Award 2001-2002
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award (Honor)


  • Nebraska Golden Sower Award 2001-2002
  • New Jersey Battle of the Books 2001-2002
  • New Hampshire Cochecho Readers Award Winner 2000-2001
  • Maine Student Book Award 1999-2000
  • Tennessee Volunteer State Children's Book Award 2000-2001
  • Rhode Island Book Award 2000
  • Washington Sasquatch Reading Award 2001-2002
  • West Virginia Children's Book Award 2000-2001
  • Not Just for Kids Anymore, Children's Book Council 1999
  • Young Adults' Choice Award 1999
  • Discover Read 2000, New York Public Library
  • OWL Books, New York Public Library
  • One Book New Jersey 2003
  • Read Across Rhode Island 2010
Letters from Camp

  • Young Adults' Choice Award 2000
  • 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library 2000
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award 2002-2003
  • Disney Adventures Award book
Trial by Journal

  • 1st Place Juvenile Fiction Award, Friends of American Writers 2002
  • Utah Children's Book Award 2002-2003
  • New Jersey Battle of the Books 2002-2003
  • Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Book Award List 2002-2003
  • Connecticut Nutmeg Award 2005-2006
  • ALA Best Book Pick for Young Adults 2003
Regarding the Sink

  • New Hampshire Cochecho Readers' Award 2005-2006
  • Northwest Center for Children's Literature Best Book of 2004
  • Children's Literature Choice 2005
Regarding the Trees

  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2006
  • The Amelia Bloomer Award Selection 2007
Deliver Us from Normal

  • The Quill Award, Missouri Writers Hall of Fame 2006
  • Young Adult Reading Program, South Dakota Teen Reads Committee
  • One Book One Community pick (Ruidoso, New Mexico)


  • Reading Circle Committee Selection, Missouri State Teachers Association
Regarding the Bathrooms

  • Disney Adventures 8th Annual Book Award Nomination 2007
  • Instructor Magazine Best Back-to-School Book 2006
Shall I Knit You a Hat?

  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2005
  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • NPR's Children's Books for the Holidays 2008
Why Do You Cry?

  • Original Voices Nominee, Borders Bookstore
  • Wilde Picture Book Award 2006, Best Read-alouds for Preschoolers
  • Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended List 2007
  • IRA Teachers' Choices List 2007
  • Bank Street Best Children's Books of 2007
Imagine Harry

  • 2x2 Texas Reading List 2008
Dying to Meet You

  • New Hampshire Great Stone Face 2010-2011
  • Houston ISD Name that Book Contest 2010-2011
  • Singapore Red Dot Book Award 2009-2010
  • The Society of School Librarians International Book Award 2009
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee 2010-2011
  • West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award 2010-2011
  • Next Indie List 2009
  • Junior Library Guild selection 2009
  • Best of the Best Books, Chicago Public Library 2009
  • Oregon Battle of the Books 2011-2012
  • Florida Sunshine State Reading List 2011-2012
  • Alaska Battle of the Books 2011-2012
  • Prix du Livre Jeunesse Marseille 2014
Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth

  • Original Art Winner, Society of Illustrators 2010
Over My Dead Body

  • Junior Library Guild selection 2010
  • Houston ISD Name that Book Contest 2014-15
Till Death Do Us Bark

  • Junior Library Guild selection 2011
The Phantom of the Post Office

  • NCTE Notable Children's Book List for 2013
  • Junior Library Guild Selection 2012
Hollywood, Dead Ahead

  • Junior Library Guild selection 2013
Stand Straight, Ella Kate

  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • CBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center)

    Best Books of the Year List 2011

  • IRA Teachers' Choice List 2011
  • Great Book for Kids, Cuyahoga County Public Library 2010
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2010-2011
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year 2011
  • Vermont Red Clover Book Award Master List 2011-2012
  • Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Horned Toad Tales list 2011-2012
  • Comstock Read-Aloud Book Award 2011
  • Arkansas Diamond Primary Award Reading List 2012-2013

  • Kids' Indie Next List, Winter 2010-2011
  • Center for Childrens Books Blue Ribbon Book 2010
  • Judy Lopez Memorial Award 2011, Women's National Book Association, Los Angeles
Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake

  • Bank Street Books Best Children's Book List 2013

  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • Autumn 2012 Kids' Indie Next List
The Show Must Go On!

  • Junior Library Guild selection 2013
  • Autumn 2013 Kids' Indie Next List
  • Amazon Best Book of 2013
  • Amazon Editor's Pick (Best Chapter Books for Readers Age 6-8)

  • Oklahoma Not Quite Sequoyah List 2016
  • 2016 ILLINOIS READS Selection
Greetings from the Graveyard

  • Junior Library Guild selection 2014
The Greatest Star on Earth

  • Junior Library Guild selection 2014
The Circus Goes to Sea

  • Junior Library Guild selection 2014

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