Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America, by reluctantly entering her school's beauty pageant. Problem is, her father and the resident mean girl think she doesn't stand a chance.
2017 SCBWI Book Launch Award
2018 "Indies Introduce" Selection
2018 Spring Kids Next List
A Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection
Kirkus starred review
Foreword starred review
Booklist starred review
Endorsed by New York Times Bestselling author, Rita Williams-Garcia
and Vanessa Williams, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist & TV/Film Actress
A Thanksgiving twist on a classic Haitian New Year's Day tradition...Freedom Soup (with a cranberry apple relish). Freedom Soup honors the world's first independent black republic...Haiti! I'm honored to have written a children's picture book about the backstory of this soup, debuting with Candlewick Press in fall, 2019.
Middle Grade: Definitely Daphne, Capstone, 2018 (pre-order now!)
Picture Book: Freedom Soup, Candlewick, 2019
Picture Book: Fearless Mary, Albert Whitman & Co, TBA
Picture Book: Panye, Candlewick, 2020
YA: Follow-up to Like Vanessa, Charlesbridge, TBA
Clients include Lee & Low Publishing, Microsoft, Discover, Kaplan University, Pageant Planet, et al. Check out some samples below:
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