May 13 is Launch Day for The Tomb of Shadows!

I am thrilled to announce I’m on a national tour to promote The Tomb of Shadows, Book 3 of The Seven Wonders series. From May 12 to June 7, I will be in the NYC metro area, Philadelphia, PA; Fairless Hills, PA; Madison, CT; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego/La Jolla, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Boston/Medford, MA; Exeter, NH; Providence area, RI; and Manchester, VT. Full details here. I just counted — this will bring to 40 (!!) the number of U.S. cities I will have visited to talk about The Seven Wonders.  And  that’s not including amazing visits to the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore last spring!  If you liked The Colossus Rises and Lost in Babylon, fasten your seat belts.  Everything is about to take a take a turn for the EMOSEWA! Here’s our awesome new book trailer:



The New York Times Bestsellerdom for The Seven Wonders series!

Readers, you rock!

What a year this has been. Both of the first Seven Wonders books made the The New York Times Children’s bestseller list from the first week of publication, Colossus debuting at #4 and Babylon at #3.  Both books rose to #1 in the Philippines and cracked the Singapore list too.  (I can hardly believe I’m writing this — bring me the smelling salts!)  And we’ve just begun.  In April we’ll be revealing Seven Wonders Journal #2, The Orphan, and on May 13 The Tomb of Shadows will be published.   MORE ABOUT SEVEN WONDERS

How to Pronounce “Lerangis”

By popular demand, a definitive guide … MORE…

The 39 Clues Alive and Going Strong!

After writing three and a quarter books in the ground-breaking 39 Clues series — Book 3 (The Sword Thief), Book 7 (The Viper’ Nest) and one-quarter of Book 11 (Vespers Rising), and Book 3 (The Dead of Night) of the Cahills Vs. Vespers series — I had to take a breather to launch the Seven Wonders.  But I remain the world’s Number One Clues fan, as my BFFs Jude and Gordon take the series to the finish line in style!  MORE ABOUT THE 39 CLUES …

Two NEW Seven Wonders Journals: An eBook and a paperback!

April 22 marks the launch of Seven Wonders Journals #2: The Orphan, which tells the story of Daria before the beginning of Lost in Babylon.  As fans of The Seven Wonders know, Book 1: The Select, revealed the secret of the beginning of the Karai Institute, through the eyes of young explorer Burt Wenders.  Now, for first time, we are offering Journals 1 and 2 together in one paperback volume, for only $2.99 — also on April 22!  If you enjoy the Seven Wonders series, you’ll want to read these.  TO ORDER AND LEARN MORE …

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am wins the 2013 American Library Association Schneider Award!

428640So thrilled!  Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am has won the American Library Association’s 1000640 Family Book Award for teens, “for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.”  It also was named to the 2013 Young Adult Library Services Association’s 1000640 Fiction for Young Adults list. I feel lucky to have had the chance to write this book with my brillliant co-author, mentor, and friend, Harry Mazer.

FREE eBook prequel to The Seven Wonders!


There was just too much of The Seven Wonders story to tell, and I’m way too impatient to wait.  So here’s a FREE prequel to Book 1 of The Seven Wonders series. It’s called The Select, and you can download it by clicking on the image at the right.  It’ll take you to the new Seven Wonders site (which is pretty amazing itself). Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the FREE download!  MORE ABOUT THE SEVEN WONDERS …

Lerangis Invades New York Comic Con in a Toga, Caught on Video!

Yes, it’s true.  In a toga. I wanted to find out how many people there would know about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. And here’s what I discovered:


Thank you, Goodreads voters! The Dead of Night Makes the Top-20 List for 2012

I’m beyond delighted to be recognized by readers among these fantastic authors.  1000640 a look and see if your favorite books are here! How many ways do I love Goodreads readers? In 1000640 2010 poll, The Viper’s Nest finished #3, so the answer is: a lot!

Authors Speak Out Against Bullying

I’m proud to be part of this, especially with some of my own favorite authors.

Happy Fathers’ Day! (Guess Who Gets the Last Say in This Video...)

A video tribute to our great dads, from me, Michael Chabon, Pat Reilly Giff, Peter Cameron, and other fab authors (via 1000640Happy Fathers’ Day VideoOpen Road Media).

TEN New eBooks, Just Released! (Watch the Trailer Below ... )

I’m happy to announce that Open Road Media has published TEN of my books as brand-new eBooks — including the entire Watchers and Antarctica series, The Yearbook, and Driver’s Dead!  Click 1000640 to see what’s up.  All of these books can be ordered via the “About the Books” link above.  YouTube Preview Image

Starred Review in Kirkus for Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am

424640The  reviews have been amazing for Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, my new Young Adult novel cowritten with the great Harry Mazer.  They include a starred review from Kirkus (reserved for its Best Books of the Year) … MORE…

Peter’s Excellent Adventure with a Sandinista Rebel and a Newbery Winner!

On April 28, 2011, I had the honor of being on a panel called “Who Tells the Story? Children’s Book Writers Talk About Voice,” with Giaconda Belli and Rebecca Stead, and moderated by Jennifer M. Brown, at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York City.

“They Must Have Hated Me at My Local Library”

Why? Read my blog post on my summer reading experience as a kid, for the B&N Bookclubs!