Boston, MA, US
My first serious work of creative writing was about a dinosaur with a flatulence problem, but my first officially published book was The Wages of Genius, a comic literary novel about an office worker who thinks he is the reincarnation of Albert Einstein.
I’m a graduate of Harvard College, a former nationally-ranked competitive swimmer (hence all the water in my books), and a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine. My science articles have been anthologized in the Best American Science Writing series and my book The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve was featured on several national radio programs. Strangely enough, it’s not a kids book.
I began writing for children at the behest of my nieces and nephews, after years of setting up increasingly complex treasure hunts and writing them countless ridiculous stories. My first novel for children, Fish, was a Scholastic Book Fairs bestseller and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Carol Otis Hurst Prize for the best in children’s writing by a New England author.
My subsequent novel, Dangerous Waters, was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection, and is a featured title at the 2013 Scholastic Book Fairs.
Currently I’m working on a nonfiction, illustrated children’s book that traces the life cycle and environmental and health impact of a bottle of soda, which is due out in 2014 from Roaring Brook Press, and an untitled series about a fourth-grade ninja and his tech-savvy nemesis. I’m also an avid surfer and swimmer with a deadly jump shot and, for approximately two weeks in college, I could dunk. I was born on Long Island and I’m happily married with three young children.