If you are between 8 and 108 years old and like to read middle grade books, then you are especially welcome here!

Celebrity sighting!

Posted: April 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I ran across Tock from THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH while out on a walk today. He was just chillin’ in someone’s front yard. For a legendary celebrity, he’s just a normal guy. Not stuck up at all!

Take a bow!

Posted: January 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

THE BOY WHO HOWLED is honored to be included in the 2011/2012 book list for the Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice award. The wolves called Mom, Dad, Uncle Rick, Aunt Trudy, and Grampa, and Callum, Lila, Mr. and Mrs. Throckmorton, Aunt Donaldina, Uncle Luther, and world-famous wildlife wrangler Buzz Optigon all say thanks!

See me in person…I don’t bite!

Posted: September 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Hey, everyone! I’m going to be at the SCBWI booth at the West Hollywood Book Fair in Los Angeles, CA from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 2, 2011. Come by and say hi, grab a copy of THE BOY WHO HOWLED if you haven’t got one already, and get a wolf paw stamp on your hand!

Stephen and Callum=wolf brothers

Posted: May 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

On the May 11 episode of The Colbert Report, America’s most patriotic pundit Stephen Colbert revealed that he had been raised by a North American Gray Wolf named Lucan.

Stephen and Callum from THE BOY WHO HOWLED share a lot in common, perhaps even a taste for raw spleen and pancreas. Wolf brothers for the win!

THE BOY WHO HOWLED is number one!

Posted: May 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Thank you, Diana Wynne Jones

Posted: March 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Writer Diana Wynne Jones said goodbye to our earthly realm today.

She was the author of HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, one of my absolute favorite books of all time. I discovered it as an adult. I wish I had read it when I was a kid, because I would have no doubt read all her other books by now!

As it is, I have the great blessing to catch up now.

Reading roundup

Posted: February 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Meeting this longhorn steer at the Autry National Center got me thinking it was time I shared my latest MG book faves in a reading roundup.


First up is Greg van Eekhout’s THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD. This book is so new, it isn’t even OUT yet. (I was lucky enough to get an advance reading copy.) It’s the story of a boy named Fisher who awakes in the distant future to discover that he is the only survivor of a space-age Ark. Joining Fisher on a dangerous mission across what was once the United States to find and awake possible survivors of a mysterious Western Ark are Click, the robot caretaker from HIS Ark, and a friendly pygmy mammoth named Protein that they met along the way.

The story is serious, funny, scary, and suspenseful. Fisher learns a lot from his surprising experiences. When he comes across some old human writing in his journey, he realizes that “to read the thoughts of long-dead people seemed as crucial a part of being human as building a fire.”

How right he was about that! If I had to choose between this book and a cozy fire, I would have to think long and hard about it. Have you ever wondered what super-intelligent prairie dogs would think of a custodial robot and a cloned pygmy mammoth? Read THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD to find out.


My next new fave is Paul Feig’s IGNATIUS MACFARLAND: FREQUENCY FREAK-OUT! In this funny, suspenseful adventure, the universe is like a radio, and there are as many different worlds as there are channels. All you have to do to travel from one “frequency” to another is twist the dial of a certain kind of transporter. This is exactly what Iggy and his friend Karen do, and it lands them on a planet where walking, talking trees lord it over walking, talking plants, and they all make war on creeping, crawling weeds.

Shocking but true: Another human visitor has stolen the trees’ gold, and the ferocious forest wants to KILL Iggy and Karen for it!

Tree-huggers might think twice before cozying up to a botanical buddy after reading this book. There is only one word to describe the action in IGNATIUS MACFARLAND: FREQUENCY FREAK-OUT! And that is “nonstop.”


Last up is another action/adventure, with emphasis on ACTION. Dee Garretson’s WILDFIRE RUN is about a boy named Luke, whose dad just happens to be President of the United States. Luke is on vacation at woodsy Camp David, the historic presidential retreat, along with his friend Theo and not-quite-friend Callie when all heck breaks loose in the form of a devastating earthquake and subsequent wildfire.

The three kids have got to put their differences aside and work together when it turns out that the adults have been pushed out of the picture and escape is up to them. Their very lives are at stake on nearly every page in this suspenseful survival tale. Luckily, Luke, Theo, and Callie are smart and resourceful and up to the task.


Those are my three latest MG faves. I’m still reading, so there will be another roundup soon. I can’t put it off for too long, or I’m sure Mr. Longhorn Steer will be on my case about it. His horns are pointed my way.

Fan mail fan

Posted: January 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Today my letter carrier dropped off  something for The Boy Who Howled …a great big stack of FAN MAIL!

Thanks to everyone in Mrs. Wangen’s class, Mrs. John-Lewis’s class, Mrs. McCann’s class, and Ms. Millison’s class at Island Park Elementary School in Mercer Island, WA for their wordy and artistic show of support. Keep reading and writing, guys! You rock.


Posted: November 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Wordle is an online toy for generating “word clouds” from any text you want. The size of a word in a word cloud is determined by how often it appears in your text.

I made a word cloud for The Boy Who Howled. It’s a beauty!

Griffin’s Gold

Posted: February 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Letters to T | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Sam and Andy from Chicago, IL write:

Dear T,

We finished Griffin’s Gold, our story about the legendary Griffin, and we printed copies. Here’s one for you. You can share this excerpt. It’s from the part where Griffin and Dragon fight to the death for Griffin’s gold, only Griffin lets Dragon live to see another day. That’s good because later on they have to join forces to battle an evil Giant. What do you think?

Drawing of a Griffin by Sam and Andy

Drawing of a Griffin by Sam and Andy

From Griffin’s Gold by Sam and Andy:

Griffin and Dragon were face to face with each other. Warily they circled each other. Griffin twitched his wings in eager anticipation of the battle to come, while Dragon snorted plumes of smoke into the chilly air.

Despite the cozy fire he had built, Griffin’s lair was almost as cold as the frozen mountaintop. Dragon lifted his mighty tail and slammed it down hard, pounding the rocky ground. The metallic scales of his impenetrable body armor glistened in the fire’s glow.

“Give me your treasure,” he told Griffin, “and you can avoid a good beating.”

Griffin’s razor-sharp claws drew sparks from where they scraped the rock. “It’s you who are going to get beaten, Dragon,” he replied. “I’ll give you ten seconds to skedaddle on out of here. Otherwise, you’re in for it big time.”

“I ain’t leaving here without that gold,” said Dragon.

“Suit yourself,” said Griffin and lunged at Dragon’s vulnerable throat with his fearsome eagle’s beak. The battle for Griffin’s gold had begun.

T replies:

Wow, Sam and Andy! I am thoroughly impressed. The adventure was gripping, the suspense was unbearable, and I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I can say that Griffin and Dragon are a force to be reckoned with. Great job!