Short Works
Twisted Winter Twisted Winter
A&C Black Publishers

Paperback and ebook available from amazon and

I've written a short story designed to make you shiver. It’s in a British collection edited by my friend Catherine Butler for readers 12 and up.┬áMine is called "The Party," and features an antlered mythological being you might recognize.
Haunted Haunted
UK only
Andersen Press

Paperback and ebook available from Random House UK.

There are some chilling tales in this new collection. The ghost story I contributed is called “The Caretakers.” A great bunch of authors including Philip Reeve and Berlie Doherty.
Haunted   "The Caretakers"
Read by Lucy Price-Lewis

Audio available at and AudibleUK.

Exquisite Corpse Adventure The Exquisite Corpse Adventure
Candlewick Press

Book available from or Barnes & Noble.

This is not just a story... It is a progressive story game called an “exquisite corpse” that has been played for centuries by families, storytellers, and artists—a spontaneous adventure created on the fly in words and in pictures, each storyteller’s episode picking up the story from the impossible cliffhanger left by the writer before them. This caper was created by a crew of children’s authors and illustrators; we were pulled together by the NCBLA to devise a biweekly story to be posted on the Library of Congress website
Click here for the extra resources about progressive story games (for teachers and families).
Here's the webcast of some of the authors reading excerpts from the book!
Praise for The Exquisite Corpse Adventure:
This villainous murder mystery takes place on a train as twins Joe and Nancy try to rescue their parents while encountering a cast of characters that includes a talking pig, mad scientists, explosions and shape-shifters. The most amazing part of this fun mystery is how it got created.
Our White House Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out
Candlewick Press
Primary sources, fantasy, narratives, essays and artwork all come together to bring children closer to “our house” and its place in history. This is another NCBLA collaborative publication, like The Exquisite Corpse, designed to support democracy through literacy. It is gorgeous, informative, entertaining. My piece is a fictional letter from a British soldier describing the burning of the White House in 1814.
The book’s website has exhaustive resources and is one of the ALA’s Great Web Sites for Kids.
Book available from or Barnes & Noble.
ALA Notable Children’s Book for All Ages, Nonfiction
Horn Book Fanfare
Publishers Weekly Best Books, Children’s Nonfiction
Publishers Weekly Cuffie Award
School Library Journal Best Books
Don't Read This! Don’t Read This!
US edition
Front Street Books

Fingers on the Back of the Neck
UK edition
Puffin Books
This collection features eleven international writers. The title story is a truly creepy tale from my friend Margaret Mahy; my contribution is simply called “Ghost Story.”

The book sales supported the international children’s literacy advocacy group IBBY.

Book available from Barnes & Noble and ABE Books UK.

When I Was Your Age When I Was Your Age:
Original Stories about Growing Up (Volume 1)

US edition
Candlewick Press
Amy Ehrlich put together these award-winning collections of stories by children’s authors, set in the “time and space” in which they grew up. Mine is titled “Muffin,” and is set, like Dawn of Fear, in the wartime England of my childhood.
Book available from or Barnes & Noble.
Praise for When I Was Your Age:
“Some of the entries in this memorable anthology are hauntingly sad and several are sharply witty; every single one is expertly crafted and engrossing.”