Maya’s Story


Maya’s Story, the third book in the Backyard Witch series, is out today.

Maya has been preparing for the school spelling bee F-O-R-E-V-E-R. She spells every unusual word she hears, and even enlists her best friends, Sadie and Jess, to help her practice. But on the day of the bee, something terrible happens—Maya loses. To Sadie. Enter Ms. M, who is substituting for the school librarian. Ms. M always knows just how to make everyone feel better . . . but she also always brings a little mischief. This time it involves a library poltergeist and an imaginary chicken!

Riverbank Review Online!


From 1998 to 2003 I was lucky enough to be part of the Riverbank Review, a new quarterly publication about children’s literature. So much of the great writing and artwork featured in the magazine has been hard to find in the years since. But thanks to the dedication of former editor Martha Davis Beck, a new site just launched featuring the complete contents of every issue of the magazine.

There’s plenty of great content on the site. Personally I contributed author profiles, book reviews (as both Christine Heppermann and Renee Victor), and special features, including a personal favorite essay, “Reading for Pleasure.”

The new site is available at