My historical novel for adults, The Practice House, gave me a chance to work out, in fictional form, the joys and limitations of home life in the 1930s, an era shaped by the same moral code (and daily tasks) of my adolescence. Writing it reminded me how much I loved crimping the edges of pies, cutting around the pinned edge of a dress pattern, planning a Thanksgiving menu, and tipping rain water out of the bottles my grandmother collected at the dump and used to decorate her yard. The thing my three novels have in common is their faith in the power of commonplace objects and the good intentions of strangers.
- Kirkus interview about The Practice House
- Spotify playlist of songs in The Practice House via The Largehearted Boy: Book Notes
- Interview about The Incident on the Bridge for Adventures in YA Publishing
- Interview about Dark Water for the National Book Foundation
- All San Diego Reader stories
- Presentation of the National Book Award in Young People's Literature to Neal Shusterman, 2015
- On writing and Link the dog