Burien Signing/Speaking in May 2016!

Hey, western Washington folks! I’ll be doing a signing and speaking engagement at the Burien Library at May 7 at 1:30. The event is hosted by Page 2 books, which will have books for sale at the event. Come on down and say hello!

Check out the details here: Burien Signing

“Some Kind of Courage” Wins an Earphones Award!

I’m so thrilled that the audiobook version of Some Kind of Courage was honored by AudioFile Magazine with an Earphones Award! I absolutely love how the audiobook narrator, Andrew Eiden, performed the story. He really got into the heart and head of Joseph. You can check their review out here: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/110257/some-kind-of-courage-by-dan-gemeinhart/


I’m an Indies Introduce book!

I’m so honored and flattered that The Honest Truth was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as one of its 10 Middle Grade and Young Adult “Indies Introduce” selections (of notable debut novels) for Winter/Spring 2015! As a lifelong lover and supporter of local indie bookstores, an honor from this group really means the world to me. Shop local, folks…indie bookstores are the best  places to buy books, and indie booksellers are the best folks to buy them from!

Here’s the whole list: http://www.bookweb.org/news/winterspring-2015-indies-introduce-debut-authors-and-new-voices-titles-announced

I’m in the New York Times!?

Whoa! I’m so thrilled to share that The Honest Truth got reviewed in the New York Times! And it was a good review!

Could somebody pinch me?

Cynthia Kadohata (an author I immensely respect) wrote a great, thoughtful review of my book and Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin (another author of great admiration) in the New York Times Book Review for Sunday, March 15.

I am blown away, and so honored.

Here’s the whole, beautiful review: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/books/review/the-honest-truth-and-wish-girl.html?_r=0

A Wall Street Journal Write-Up!

The Honest Truth got a great little write-up in the Wall Street Journal! In an article by Meghan Cox Gurdon about the 4oth anniversary of the middle grade classic Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, the author describes several other middle grade and YA books that deal with death – and includes a nice summary and pitch of  The Honest Truth. It was such a thrill to see my own name in the pages of such a distinguished paper! Here’s a link to the whole article: http://www.wsj.com/articles/childrens-books-death-and-other-perils-1422049839

I’m Gonna be at NCTE in November!

I am so excited to be attending the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Convention on November 22nd and 23rd! Held near Washington, D.C., the convention is the annual gathering of teachers and librarians from across the nation. I’ll be attending the M.R. Robinson Reception & Dinner on Saturday night, and will be performing along with some other authors at the Scholastic Literary Brunch on Sunday morning. Lots of advanced copies of my book will also be handed out at the Scholastic Booth (#812) and at the ALAN Workshop. If you’ll be there I’d love to meet you!

Spring 2015 Events!

There is a lot going on in my life and with my writing. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming events, exciting developments – and maybe even new book announcements!

April 18, 2-3 PM  I’ll be signing books and chatting at the Scholastic Book Fair in Black Hall (the Multimodal Education Center) on the CWU campus in Ellensburg, WA

May 9  I’ll be signing books and talking with folks at the lovely Green Bean Books in Portland, OR. Come on down,  Portlanders!

Teacher Resources

I’m a teacher-librarian and I’m married to an English teacher, so I truly believe in supporting teachers and librarians in any way that I can. Whether through school visits, Skype sessions, personalized book plates, author Q&A’s, or anything else you can think of, I’m excited to help you and your students. I’ll soon be posting Common Core-aligned curriculum and reader guides that go along with The Honest Truth, as well as videos of me giving behind-the-scenes insight into the writing process on location in a number of spots that are featured in the book. If you are a teacher or librarian and have any ideas or requests for what kind of resources you’d like to see me offer, please contact me and let me know!

About the Books

My newest novel, The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, will be published on January 8th, 2019 and is already available for pre-order online or from your favorite local bookstore. A journey story unlike any other, it tells the tale of a girl on an unbelievable quest to hold onto her family and herself. Here’s the official summary:

“Five years. That’s how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation. Five years. It’s also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash. Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished―the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box―she knows she’ll do whatever it takes to get back in time to save it. So she hatches a crazy plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days…without him realizing it. Along the way, they’ll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all…but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her ‘once upon a time’ into a ‘happily ever after.'”



Good Dog, my 4th novel, came out in 2018. It’s the emotional, death-defying story of a dog who will overcome anything – even death – to save the boy that he loves. Here’s the gist:

Brodie was a good dog. And good dogs go to heaven. Except Brodie can’t move on. Not just yet. As wonderful as his glimpse of the afterlife is, he can’t forget the boy he left behind. The boy he loved, and who loved him in return. The boy who’s still in danger. So Brodie breaks the rules of heaven. He returns to Earth as a spirit. With the help of two other lost souls — lovable pit bull Tuck and surly house cat Patsy — he is determined to find his boy and to save him. Even if it costs him paradise. Even if he loses his eternal soul. Because it’s what a good dog would do.”

Good Dog received a starred review from Kirkus, which raved, “Action-packed, highly suspenseful, and deeply moving. Perfect.”




My 3rd novel, Scar Island, came out in 2017. It’s a gripping, gritty adventure of survival and unlikely friendship. Here’s the official summary:

“Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys–an ancient,crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves. Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he’s willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming. Just as he’s getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision. Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But freedom brings unexpected danger. And if Jonathan can’t come to terms with the sins of his past and lead his new friends to safety… then every boy on the island is doomed.”

Scar Island received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal called it “a poignant, action-packed story.” It was an Amazon Book of the Month and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Grab it at your favorite local bookstore, or at any of these places:



My second book, Some Kind of Courage, camecourage_cover out in January, 2016. It’s a rugged, white-knuckle historical western adventure. Here’s a summary:

Joseph Johnson has lost just about everyone he’s ever loved. He lost his pa in an accident. He lost his ma and his little sister to sickness. And now, he’s lost his pony-fast, fierce, beautiful Sarah, taken away by a man who had no right to take her.
Joseph can sure enough get her back, though. The odds are stacked against him, but he isn’t about to give up. He will face down deadly animals, dangerous men, and the fury of nature itself on his quest to be reunited with the only family he has left.
Because Joseph Johnson may have lost just about everything. But he hasn’t lost hope. And he hasn’t lost the fire in his belly that says he’s getting his Sarah back-no matter what.

Some Kind of Courage received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist, was an Amazon Book of the Month, a Texas Bluebonnet List selection, and winner of the 2017 Washington State Book Award. The audiobook version won an Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine. Grab it at your favorite local bookstore, or at any of these places:

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My debut middle grade HonestTruthCoverbook, The Honest Truth, came out in January 2015! It’s a moving, fast-paced adventure about a boy, his dog, and the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s the gist:

In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He’s got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day. IBut in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from. So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan. A plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier. Even if it’s the last thing he ever does. The Honest Truth is a rare and extraordinary novel about big questions, small moments, and one incredible journey.”

The Honest Truth is a very important book to me. It was an ABA Kids’ Indies Next Pick, an Amazon Book of the Month, and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. I hope you enjoy it.

It is available in hardcover, paperback, as an ebook, as an audiobook CD, or a digital audiobook. You can buy it from your local independent bookstore, or by clicking any of these links:

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