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Jul 30 / Michael

On Thin Ice is here: 6 years in the making and yours for the taking!

My new middle-grade novel is finally here! On Thin Ice is my 12th book with Scholastic and maybe my best. There’s a lot going on inside that beautiful blue cover. It’s a modern response to Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, a small-town underdog story about daring to build something new out of broken pieces, and a 6-year labor of love.

It’s already been named a Junior Library Guild “Gold Standard” Selection, and here are some of the other nice things people are saying about it: 

“A brilliant, powerful story of one boy who courageously faces life’s obstacles and is determined to overcome them, On Thin Ice is a must-read.”—the nationally syndicated column Books to Borrow, Books to Buy

“A sharp, sympathetic insight into poverty, family, friendship, and forgiveness.”—Kirkus Reviews

“An engaging coming-of-age story.”—School Library Journal

I spent years building and rebuilding this story. There were countless drafts, a half dozen titles, two editors, lots of phone calls and brainstorming and thinking and rethinking, and, well, it’s finally here. I love this book so much, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it. On Thin Ice is available online, on audio, and in bookstores nationwide. I hope you will consider giving this determined little book a chance!

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