the lightning queen
An indigenous boy and a Romani (Gypsy) girl form a friendship in rural Mexico that spans the rest of their lives and embraces magic, music, and predictions of impossible destinies. Ages 8 & up, Scholastic Press, Oct. 27, 2015, available in hardcover, paperback, e-book, and audiobook.
awards and honors
Maine State Book Award Nominee
Oregon Battle of the Books
"* A poignant, lovely work that weaves humor, heartbreak, and whimsy into a narrative spell that will surely capture readers’ hearts." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED
"* This vibrant, intergenerational tale is nothing short of magical." --Kirkus, STARRED (Full review here)
"* If books were written in black and white, The Lightning Queen would be written in color... The diverse characters, heartbreaking events, and historical and present-day backdrops are excellently executed." --School Library Journal, STARRED
"*A celebration of culture and history, The Lightning Queen is a heartwarming, lyrical and inspiring tale of love, redemption and overcoming adversity." --Shelf Awareness, STARRED
"A masterful and moving story with the hopeful message that, with a kindred spirit by one's side, nothing is impossible." 5Q, 4P --VOYA
"Readers will appreciate how this story comes full circle, and many may find themselves wiping away tears." --Publisher's Weekly
"The Lightning Queen crackles with heartfelt magic." --Ingrid Law, Newbery Honor Winning Author of Savvy
- Here you can read my blog post on my research and inspiration for the book. (Note that originally, The Lightning Queen was titled The Impossible Caravan.)
- Here you can read about my funny research about ducklings.
- Here you can read about my funny research about skunks.
- Here you can read and see pics of my research on Gypsy horses.
- Here you can read my post involving baby waterfowl research.
- Here you can read about my fascinating Romany caravan research.