My memoir of my first nine years of teaching, in which I worked at both real public schools and a charter school. I wanted to avoid the pernicious "hero teacher" memoir and write something about how people keep doing this job year after year.
Mark and Philippa both had hit breakup songs written about them and both had their lives wrecked as a result. Can these two find love? (spoiler: yes! Yes, they can!)
Stole the title from Belle and Sebastian because a) you can't copyright a title and b) their music captures both the mood of the novel and my own mood as I was falling in love while grieving.
Sex, Drugs, and Cartoons! A folk singer whose career is on the rocks recruits a bunch of young musicians to create educational songs to run between Saturday morning cartoons in 1972. It's about that, but it's really about problematic mentors and the complexities of making art.
Eddie lives in the suburbs with his mom, but then she gets sent to rehab, so he has to go live with his cousin Alex in the city. Complications ensue! Van Halen reference entirely accidental!
I wrote this because my students at an urban high school really liked reading and watching about teen drama, but all the books about them were about shootings and stuff. Rejected by 7 publishers because "it's about boys, and boys don't read," before the good folks at FSG took a chance.
Not available in print, but buy the ebook here.
My favorite of my books. Brianna is a senior and a math genius. She also has cystic fibrosis. How do you live with the knowledge of your impending death? That's Brianna's problem. And, you know, ours.
Pretty much everything I believe about life and death is in this book. Not a single sentence I would change.
Amanda and Lena are teammates and best friends. As ninth grade starts, Lena gets chosen for the varsity team and Amanda doesn't. Amanda is disappointed, and her best friend seems to be ditching her for her new teammates.
Featuring a climactic soccer game based on a true story!
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Writing as Seamus Cooper because branding. Ted and Laura foiled a vampire outbreak at their college 10 years ago. Now Laura is an FBI agent and Ted is a barista, and some angry white guys are trying to raise Cthulhu from his slumber in R'yleh. Can they save the world?
My favorite cover of any of my books, courtesy of the amazing Scott Altmann.
I was involved in a small controversy in the SFF/Horror world when it came out that the original publisher was not keeping track of their sales or paying people properly. Good times!
No print edition anymore, but buy the ebook here. Paywhutchalike, as Digital Underground might have said!
Co-written with my friend Emily Franklin. Hank has Asperger's. Liana has a reputation. Can they find love? (Spoiler: yes!)
My young friend with Asperger's told me he felt like I did a good job with this, which is pretty much the best review I've ever gotten.
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Declan is a sullen metalhead. Neilly is the hottest girl in school. They're about to be stepsiblings. Oh snap! Written with my friend Trish Cook, and one of the only books where my editor allowed me to represent the relentless horniness of a teenage boy accurately. Cheers, Greg!
The stars of a teen TV show pretend to be in love offscreen for publicity's sake. But when one of them is (incorrectly) outed, their fauxmance is revealed and their entire world falls apart. But then something new starts to come together...
Tessa and Luke have been friends forever. But Luke wants to be more than friends, so he arranges a big, showy, public prom-posal.
Which forces Tessa to reveal that she's secretly been dating Josie, and she wants to take Josie to prom. And oh yeah, wear a tux.
Luke and Tessa's friendship dissolves, and their whole small Indiana town gets caught up in the uproar that becomes a national controversy.
Co-written with Emily Franklin. We wrote this before Mike Pence's assault on LGBTQ rights in Indiana, and I was worried we might have gone a little over the top. Sadly, we didn't.
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Justin tried to kill himself with acetominophen. Emmy has an eating disorder and may have threatened to kill a classmate. They wind up at a therapeutic boarding school where they stumble uneasily toward getting better and maybe making a connection. Funny and irreverent and pissed a lot of people off due to aformentioned irreverence. You should buy it.
Enter the Bluebird is the story of Julie Rouge, who's nearly 16 and can't wait to join her mother, the masked crimefighter Red Talon, patrolling the crime-ridden streets of New Edinburgh.
Unfortunately, Julie's mom has disappeared, and, while searching for her, Julie is going to discover that the city she calls home is even nastier, more corrupt, and riddled with toxic secrets than she ever knew.
Enter the Bluebird is a noir YA superhero novel about secrets and betrayal and violence and love.
Writing as Frank Dolan because branding.
Tim Doyle, a burned-out, recently-divorced English teacher, finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation when one of his co-workers is murdered and a student he believes to be innocent is arrested for the crime. Investigating a case everyone else believes to be closed, Tim finds that this boring suburban town has a violent, predatory, and repugnant underbelly.
This one's very dark. You're probably not tough enough to read it. Yeah, I'm talking to you. Oh, you wanna prove me wrong? Fine: go buy the ebook.