Giraffes Ruin Everything
Release Date: August 16, 2016
It seems that giraffes will misbehave whether attending a birthday party, going to the movies, playing in the park, or just about anything else.
“Giraffes really do ruin everything. … Bright digital illustrations enliven this cheeky tale. A young child learns to navigate the nuances of social relationships, with help from a spotted, lanky friend.”—Kirkus
“In an age where hurling accusations about someone else’s shortcomings has become something of a social norm, this is a gentle but firm reminder that patience and understanding have their rewards.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“What starts off as a story about how awful being friends with a giraffe can be turns into a heartwarming lesson of learning to understand and accept friends as they are.”—School Library Journal
“The full page, brightly colored illustrations complement the text perfectly and are very engaging. Young readers, especially animal lovers, will want to read this book.” —School Library Connection
Oregon Reads Aloud: A Collection of 25 Children’s Stories by Oregon Authors and Illustrators
Look for my story The Day the Puddles Stomped Back inside!
Release Date: 10/18/16
Oregon Reads Aloud is a collection of twenty-five read-aloud stories for children, written and illustrated by Oregon authors and illustrators.
The twenty-five stories in Oregon Reads Aloud are a celebration of all things Oregon, including a great food cart feud, the dance of the Chapman Swifts, the creation of Oregon’s mountain ranges, and a legendary African American cowboy at the Pendleton Round-up.
The book is a tribute to twenty-five years of SMART’s (Start Making a Reader Today) work empowering Oregon children for reading and learning success. Oregon Reads Aloud proudly features the state’s rich trove of talent within the children’s literary community.
The contributing authors and artists are: Dale Basye, Estela Bernal, Carmen Bernier-Grand, Kate Berube, Suan Blackaby, Susan Boase, Addie Boswell, Cathy Camper, Curtis Chen, Nancy Coffelt, Carolyn Conahan, Judy Cox, Mark Fearing, Carolyn Garcia, Elizabeth Goss, Kim Griswell, Barbara Herkert, Robin Herrera, Debbie Hocking, David Hohn, Barb Kerley, Robin Kerr, Amber Keyser, Eric Kimmel, Bart King, Jane Kirkpatrick, Gesine Kratzner, Mike Lawrence, Trudy Ludwig, Damien Macalino, Helena Macalino, Abigail Marble, Natalie Metzger, Lisa Munroff, Wendy Myers, Gina Ochsner, Brian Parker, Valarie Pearce, Dawn Prochovnic, Doug Roy, Elizabeth Rusch, Linda Dalal Sawaya, Heidi Schulz, Stephanie Shaw, Cathy Stever, Sonja Thomas, Katy Towell, Zoey Abbot Wagner, and Johanna Wright.
New York Times Bestseller
2014 OCTE Oregon Spirit Award Honor Book
NYPL Top 100 Children’s Books for 2014
Bank Street College Top Children’s Books of the Year List for 2014
See me read the first chapter of Hook’s Revenge here.
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she’s sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb’s Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn’s hopes of following in her father’s fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.
So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn’t hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she’d bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland’s most fearsome beast isn’t enough to deal with, she’s tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.
The crocodile’s clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz’s debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?
★ “Schulz’s debut novel is a rollicking page-turner that’s more than just an action-packed adventure.” —School Library Journal, starred review
★ “The real charm here is in the unnamed narrator, whose arch and clever diction and open disdain for children make him the perfect purveyor of Jocelyn’s story . . . Readers will delight both the story and the storytelling.” — BCCB, starred review
“Jocelyn is spunky, flawed and endearing.” —Kirkus
“This entertaining take on the Peter Pan story neatly blends action-adventure and comical and heartfelt moments.” —Booklist
Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Fresh off a fearsome encounter with the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father’s famous fortune. After all, she’ll need the gold to fund her adventuring in the future. (And luckily, Hook left her the map.)
But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she’s convinced that the horrible Peter Pan might be the only one with the answers. Of course, he doesn’t really feel like helping her, so Jocelyn takes the only reasonable course of action left to her: she kidnaps his mother. Evie, though, is absolutely thrilled to be taken prisoner, so Jocelyn’s daring ploy doesn’t have quite the effect she’d planned for.
Along with the problem of her all-too-willing captive, Jocelyn must also contend with Captain Kruger, whose general policy is that no deed is too dastardly when it comes to stealing Hook’s treasure. And with the ever-shifting Whens of the Neverland working against her as well, Jocelyn, Evie, Roger, and the rest of the Hook’s Revenge crew have their work cut out for them.
In this rambunctious showdown between characters new and old, Jocelyn puts her own brand of pirating to the test in a quest to save her future and those she loves.
“Sneaky humor, surprising twists, and an outrageously irreverent take on the familiar Neverland tale combine to great effect.” —Kirkus
“Fans of Barrie will appreciate the development Neverland; the paradoxes of adults living in a place where one never grows up are given an intriguing explanation. On the other hand, those who are only interested in a rollicking adventure with a feisty heroine, cinematic action, and the cleverness of children pitted against nasty adults will also find exactly what they came for.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)
“With a salty and sardonic narrator and chuckle-worthy dialogue, this sequel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.” —School Library Journal
“A deliciously witty, delightfully inventive, devilishly fun adventure. The clever, daring, dashing Jocelyn is a captain you’ll follow anywhere.” —Anne Ursu, long-listed for the National Book Award for The Real Boy
“Whether it’s pixie dust or just magical storytelling, this sequel manages to soar even higher than its predecessor. The Pirate Code takes the quirky cast of Hook’s Revenge, throws them into a rollicking new adventure, and adds some nail-biting drama to the mix with an ingenious mid-book plot twist. Heidi Schulz’s take on Neverland is just as fun, bold, and surprising as her young hero Jocelyn Hook—who should fast become a favorite of boys and girls alike.” —Christopher Healy, acclaimed author of The Hero’s Guide series
“A fantastic, rollicking adventure full of courage, cleverness, and heart.” —Kate Messner, award-winning author of Capture the Flag
“Here’s a book that’s funny and ferocious; an adventure with a heart of gold buried deep in its chest, told by one of the great unreliable narrators—unreliable in the sense that you wouldn’t want to ask him to watch your bike.” —Adam Rex, New York Times Best-selling author and illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich
“Full of heart, humor, and wild imagination, Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code returns us to the world of the Neverland and the indomitable Jocelyn Hook–and not a moment too soon. Heidi Schulz explores the power of friendship, family, and sacrifice with sensitivity and sparkling wit. This book will make you believe in magic.” —Claire Legrand, acclaimed author of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls