Thank you, Southern California!

Best Selling Cupcakes I got some great news this week.  The Toymaker's Apprentice is #2 on the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Bestsellers List!  (The full list is below.) As far as I know, this is the first time one of my books has ranked so highly!  There was much celebration, including fancy cupcakes at my day job, dinner with fellow bestseller Cecil Castellucci, and a celebratory patty melt with champagne!

Champagne and a sandwichCecil celebrates

I must give a shout out to the talented Kristen Kittcher for pointing out the great news.  Her newest book, The Tiara On the Terrace debuted at #6!  Kristen is a rock star and her books are a delight, so check them out if you love middle grade, mystery, or just having a laugh.

I also have to give a shout out to Maile Meloy, whose Apothecary series has been slaying it for years.  Maile and I were in the trench together at the mouse house, so it's good to see a hometown girl make good!

Thank you to all of the readers here in Southern California who support Indie bookstores, and turned out to support Toymaker, too!  Enjoy the book!


1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary
Pablo Hidalgo, DK Publishing, $19.99, 9781465438164
2. The Toymaker's Apprentice
Sherri L. Smith, Putnam, $16.99, 9780399252952
3. Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics
Chris Grabenstein, Random House, $16.99, 
4. The Thing About Jellyfish
Ali Benjamin, Little Brown, $17, 9780316380867
5. Nimona
Noelle Stevenson, HarperTeen, $12.99, 9780062278227
6. The Tiara on the Terrace
Kristen Kittscher, Harper, $16.99, 9780062227980
7. Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo, Holt, $18.99, 9781627792127
8. El Deafo
Cece Bell, Amulet, $10.95, 9781419712173
9. Roller Girl
Victoria Jamieson, Dial, $12.99, 9780803740167
10. The Apothecary
Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr (Illus.), Puffin, $7.99,