Struttin’ with Some Barbecue

Struttin' with Some Barbecue

Struttin’ with Some Barbecue
releases December 12, 2018
(Charlesbridge Books)

Book Launch Party
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
5:30 pm
Esquire Lounge
106 N. Walnut Champaign, IL

Awards & Honors


Junior Library Guild Selection 2019

The Children’s Book Council: Best Middle-Grade of 2018 from Kirkus Reviews


SCBWI Recommended Reading List 2018

Betsy Bird’s Best Nonfiction Chapter Books of 2018

2018 Unique Biographies – Betsy Bird List

A Word Edgewise recommended middle grade books in verse


 “…this work brings down the house.”

Kirkus Review 9/30/2018 Starred ReviewStarred Review

“ …inspirational and great fun … [Recommended]”

– Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (11/2018)

“Readers will be inspired by her perseverance and rise to success… [Recommended for most libraries]

– School Library Journal

“our community is lucky to have some of the most outstanding children’s authors in the country”

Champaign Urbana News Gazette

“…story bounces along with a syncopated beat…to make the reader dance.”

– Booklist 11/15/2018

“…gem of a book…”