Book Scavenger

Pre-Order The Alcatraz Escape and Receive a Gift!

On May 1, 2018, the third book in the Book Scavenger series, The Alcatraz Escape, will be available in bookstores and libraries near you in the United States. To celebrate, I’m partnering with the talented folks at Curious City DPW to create a super cool Book Scavenger map that will highlight some of my favorite locations featured in Book Scavenger, The Unbreakable Code, and The Alcatraz Escape. If you pre-order a copy of The Alcatraz Escape and email your proof of purchase and mailing address to by April 30, I will send you a signed map as a thank you!… Read the rest

Signed Copies of Book Scavenger

Would you like a signed copy of Book Scavenger for yourself or as a gift? Here are several options for you: The following stores currently have autographed books in stock (some of these stores might be willing to ship–please contact the store to find out their policy): Books Inc. in Mountain View, CA Folio Books in Noe Valley, San Francisco Kepler’s in Menlo Park, CA Linden Tree Books in Los Altos, CA The Reading Bug in San Carlos, CA Tattered Cover in Aspen Grove, CO   If you would like a personalized copy of Book Scavenger (which means I inscribe it to someone rather than simply signing my name), you can order the book through the Boulder Bookstore and write in the comments of your order that you would like it signed.… Read the rest

Questions from a Young Reader

A young reader recently asked me some great questions. I thought others would be interested in hearing them and my responses so, with Molly’s permission, I’m sharing our interview here.   MOLLY: What inspired you to become a writer? Also, writing children’s books instead of grown-up books? JCB: I’ve always been an avid reader and I think reading lots of great stories is what inspired me to become a writer. I wanted to learn how to do that myself. I like writing children’s books because I like children, first of all, and the thought that I might contribute something memorable or important to a young person’s life seems like a very worthy thing to do.… Read the rest

Shiny New Website and Giveaway!

If you are reading this somewhere other than, please hop on over to the website to check out the new and improved spruced up look! You’ll also find some new content as well–more bio info, a collected grouping of interviews, school visit info, upcoming events . . . And I hope to add more useful bits over time as well. A huge thank you to Jenny Medford of Websy Daisy, who is awesome to work with. She also designed the Book Scavenger website, which you should totally check out if you haven’t already. 😉 GIVEAWAY! To celebrate the new website, I’m giving away a signed copy of Book Scavenger to one newsletter subscriber (US and Canada only).… Read the rest

What Would Garrison Griswold Do?

(Cross-posted from EMU’s Debuts) I’ve been in the midst of making promotional plans for Book Scavenger. I’ve sought out advice from other authors on what they recommend and don’t recommend for your debut book, and the only bit of advice that everyone seems to agree on is this: The best thing you can do to promote your first book is write your next book. Okay, cool, I’m doing that! I have two more books scheduled to come out in 2016 and 2017, and I’m currently working on both simultaneously. One is in the outline/first draft stage, and the other is nearing the end of its second revision.… Read the rest