Martha Plans a Visit to Cortelyou Road

Hello everyone, Please mark your calendars. On Saturday, February 24, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. I will be doing a conversation/reading from Martha and the Slave Catchers. It is being held at the Brooklyn Public Library, Cortelyou Road Branch. For you New Yorkers, just take the Q train to Cortelyou Road, turn left when you exit the station, […]

My Conversation with Catherine Franklin

Hello to all, Catherine Franklin, the educator who designed the Study Guide for Martha and the Slave Catchers, and I had a conversation about the book, its origins, and its uses in the Middle Grade classroom. It has been posted on the Seven Stories Press website under “blogs.” Here is the link: I hope you enjoy […]

Martha and the Slave Catchers is Published

Martha and the Slave Catchers has finally made her debut, and she is very beautiful. As you can see from the book cover image, the original colors have been darkened to a red-orange which really pop. Below are some very positive reviews. Also, please be sure to check out “The Facts Behind Martha and the […]

A Special Honor

I’m very excited to share with you the news that I have been awarded the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peace History Society. I was presented with this honor on October 21 during the “Muted Voices” conference at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. I’ve attached an article […]

Martha on the SCBWI Book Stop

Hello everyone, From October 16 through November 27, you can learn more about Martha and the Slave Catchers and a whole mess of other wonderful children’s books at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Book Stop event. Just go to and then click on Traditionally Published. You will see the book cover in the […]

One Month Until “Martha Arrives”

Just one short month until Martha and the Slave Catchers is published. Remember, though, if you are curious about the historical facts behind the novel, just go to the top of this webpage and click on “Martha and the Slave Catchers.” Let’s start with the final installment of Chapter 1. For those of you new […]