Teens who write well get better paying jobs

Teens who write well get better paying jobs

  If you’re a teen, take note. If you have teens, let them know that studies show that teens with stronger writing skills are better at their jobs and get paid more! That’s according to grammar checker website  grammarly.com/grammar-check...
Seven reasons why boys are underachieving

Seven reasons why boys are underachieving

1. Physical. Or, more accurately, denial that there’s a physical factor. In the age-old debate of nature versus nurture, it has become politically incorrect to acknowledge nature at all. In short, we’ve gone overboard in denying the physical differences between boys...
The story behind writing BMX Tunnel Run

The story behind writing BMX Tunnel Run

The ninth in my stories-behind-writing-the-books, which I offer intermittently here on my blog. In between racing and dirt-jumping their BMX bikes, daredevil fifteen-year-old best friends Jake and Peter discover an astonishing underground maze of old mining tunnels....
Junior Library Guild orders my newest novel

Junior Library Guild orders my newest novel

Here’s some nice new-year’s news: the Junior Library Guild has ordered a hardcover edition of Andreo’s Race. Yeah! Yes, my new young-adult adventure novel is off the press mid-April. I’ll be telling you more in a few weeks, but it’s...
Finishing a novel: Are we there yet?

Finishing a novel: Are we there yet?

I finished a novel yesterday. Or did I? When do I declare it’s done? When I’ve completed the final chapter of the first draft? The final chapter of the last draft? (What the heck is a last draft, anyway?!) When I feel ready to send it to my agent? Bingo. I’ve decided...
A writing teacher writes me! (inspiring boys to write)

A writing teacher writes me! (inspiring boys to write)

When my sister Cynthia and I co-authored Jump-Starting Boys — our book on helping boys ages 7-17 read, write and achieve — we obviously hoped it would touch readers (parents, educators and mentors) positively. We especially hoped so given that the project,...