Books about real kids, going through real stuff.
When I was a kid, I wasn’t so into dragons and wizards and vampires. I wanted to read about ordinary kids like me, dealing with the same kinds of things I was: how to fit in at school, how to get along with my family, how to cope with my changing body, how to make sense out of the adult world... I liked characters who have a real spirit of adventure—and a slightly snarky sense of humor—kids with good hearts who dare to be different and usually end up in trouble as a result, but who always learn something new about themselves. 

I believe storytelling is still the best way to teach positive values, social responsibility, and the powers of diversity and inclusion. But the first job of any good book, in my opinion, is to tell an amazing tale. That’s why I love writing stories about real kids in real places, grappling with real situations. My fiction tends to show likeable characters learning life’s lessons the hard way—through trial and error—but then lets young readers draw their own conclusions. Kids are smart. They always figure it out.

Me when I was 12 years old.