A sister lost.  A body found. The truth buried.


Newbery Honor Book

(Photos here, videos here)

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 Edgar Award Winner

for Best Mystery

(Photos here, video here)

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China Times Best Book Award


(For a complete list of awards and recognition click here.)


The ONE CAME HOME Audiobook: 

The audiobook got a starred review in the 4/2014 edition of School Library Journal! Here's a snippet: "Georgie's quest, along with the narrator's perfect pacing, will quickly draw readers in..." Go Tara Sands!

Photos from Lifeline Theatre's theatrical adaptation

of One Came Home here!

Discuss! Discuss! Discuss!

We've got an Activity Kit/Discussion guide for One Came Home. Feel free to download and distribute to anyone and everyone. 

Go local buying my book 

If you've got a local bookstore, you can go LOCAL. Buying locally will help build the kind of book-loving community we readers like to reside in. So I'd love it if you supported your local bookstore by buying a copy of my book. Click the link below to buy local!

No bookstores in your neck of the woods, but still determined to buy from a mom and pop-type bookstore? How about one that supports Chicago authors?  In that case, let me loan you a few of my favorites. They're wonderful folks and would love to ship you the book. Here's a list:  

Here are a few bookstores that are outside of Chicago, but who have invited me to come sign at their stores. Support them too!