Stuff That I Write


My career began in publishing, so I have happily spent more than 25 years working with book people–and working on many books. I always tell my readers that the path to being an author is different for everyone. And it is jam-packed with detours! Luckily, every bend in the road leads to some new idea, some curious adventure. Here are just some of the projects I have worked on. Some of them have links to click. You can see book covers, ordering information, or read a little “back story” on the story.

Awards, Honors

YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers designation, 1999, for Real Teens; National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, 2002, for “From the Files of Madison Finn” series.

E-book

The new one! Coming September 2016

From the Files of Madison Finn: Back Online (Open Road Integrated Media, 2016)

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The Originals (available in e-book)

Note: all Madison Finn books were originally published by Disney/Hyperion and then updated 10 years later for Open Road Integrated Media. The updates included correcting references to outdated technology and freshening up the characters (so they won’t sound trendy or dated)–and of course, getting a new look and new covers. We even created a Madison Finn map showing downtown Far Hills! You can see it at the bottom of the section.

 

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#1: Only the Lonely (2001)

#2: Boy, Oh Boy (2001)

#3: Play It Again (2001)

#4: Caught in theWeb (2001)

#5: Thanks for Nothing (2002)

#6: Lost and Found (2002)

#7: Save the Date (2002) National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2002

#8: Picture-Perfect (2002)

#9: Just Visiting (2002)

#10: Give and Take (2003)

#11: Heart to Heart (2003)

#12: Lights Out! (2003)

#13: Sink or Swim (2003)

#14: Double Dare (2003)

#15: Off the Wall (2004)

Super Special #1: To Have and Hold (2004)

#16: Three is a Crowd (2004)

#17: On the Case (2004)

#18: Give Me a Break (2005)

#19: Keep It Real (2005)

#20: All That Glitters (2005)

Super Special #2: Hit the Beach (2006)

#21: Forget Me Not (2006)

#22: All Shook Up (2006)

Super Special #3: Friends till the End (2007)

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For more on Madison, please click here.

 

Paperback Series

 

The Dessert Diaries

#1: For Emme, Baked with Love (Capstone Publishing, 2016)emme

#2: Maggie’s Magic Moon, (Capstone Publishing, 2016)maggie

#3: Kiki Takes the Cake, (Capstone Publishing, 2016)kiki

#4: Gabi and the Great Big Bakeover, (Capstone Publishing, 2016)gabi

 

 

Palace Puppies

#1: Sunny and the Royal Party (Disney, 2013)pup1

#2: Sunny to the Rescue (Disney, 2013)pup2

#3: Sunny and the Snowy Surprise (Disney, 2013)pup3

#4: Sunny and the Secret Passage (Disney, 2014)pup4

 

Monster Squad

#1: The Slime That Would Not Die (Grossett/Penguin, August 2009)MS slime

#2: Return of Mega-Mantis (Grossett/Penguin, August 2009)MS mega

#3: The Beast with 1000 Eyes (Grossett/Penguin, November 2009)MS beast

#4: They Came fom Planet Q (Grossett/Penguin, April 2010)MS robot

 

The Boy Next Door (Scholastic Candy Apple, Spring 2007)boynextdoor

Rewind: A Novel (Scholastic Point, Spring 2006)

rewindFrom Publishers Weekly Dower’s (From the Files of Madison Finn series) tale of teenage angst and lust centers on a high school love triangle. Cady loves music and Lucas; Lucas loves music and Hope; and Hope loves no one but herself. The book unfolds as a series of vignettes moving back in time from prom night in June, to the previous New Year’s Eve party, where Cady and Lucas, who has just moved to town, meet for the first time, and Hope makes her pitch to this hot new guy in their small community. The device of moving back through time, week by week, from the end to the beginning works to keep each chapter fresh, alternating among the points of view of the three main characters. The narrative maintains an immediacy that almost makes one forget how events turn out. Cady is the only really sympathetic character; Hope quickly reveals herself as a master manipulator, and Lucas intermittently gains readers’ sympathy through his interactions with Cady, then loses it when his obsession with Hope comes to the fore. Dower’s strong sense of high school woes and heartbreak make this a natural candidate for those awaiting the next Gossip Girl addition and its ilk. Ages 12-up.

For Girls Only: Everything Great About Being A Girl (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, 2008)for girls

I Will Remember You: What to do when someone you love dies (Scholastic Inc. 2001)grief

Real Teens: Diary of a Junior Year (6 books) (Scholastic/Teen magazine, 1999-2000)

The Powerpuff Girls…(Scholastic Inc. 2001)–11 titles in all, plus variety of formats/books on other licenses like Scooby Doo, Littlest Pet Shop, Shrek, Goosebumps

More than 30 other assorted diaries, guided journals, how-to and games including:

  • 101 Things To Do Before You Grow Up (Walter Foster/Weldon Owen, 2015)101 Thing To Do Before You Grow Up
  • Brainfood Doodle Mats: Vehicles (Silver Dolphin Press, 2015)
  • Daydreams and Doodles with Pablo Torrecilla (Tangerine Press, 2000)—700,000 copies sold

 

 

 

 

 

What some people say: “Taryn and Jeff have been best friends since their diaper-wearing days. Now that they are in the sixth grade, Taryn notices a change in Jeff. Sometimes he ridicules her when other students are near. She, in turn, gives him the cold shoulder. Meanwhile, Jeff makes the soccer team and Taryn becomes a team leader for the school carnival. On the day of the carnival, Taryn is relieved when Jeff and his soccer buddies help her out of a jam. The next day, Taryn joins Jeff on his porch. As they head inside to play video games, Taryn trips and lands on Jeff. Jeff helps Taryn up, and the butterflies that she suddenly feels only subside when she reminds herself that they are just friends. Middle readers will find this adorable story fun to read. The chapters alternate between Taryn’s and Jeff’s point of view. Dower’s story demonstrates how best friends are able to resolve their problems. Besides friendship, Dower addresses crushes, annoying siblings, peer pressure, and self-confidence. This title is a good choice for preadolescent girls and boys, even if their best friend does not live next door.”                                   –Childrens Literature

Rewind: A Novel

What it’s about:

What it looks like:

Monster Squad

#1: The Slime That Would Not Die

#2: Return of Mega-Mantis

#3: The Beast With 1000 Eyes

#4: They Came From Planet Q

From the Files of Madison Finn

#1: Only the Lonely

#2: Boy, Oh Boy

#3: Play It Again

#4: Caught in the Web

#5: Thanks for Nothing

#6: Lost and Found

#7: Save the Date

#8: Picture-Perfect

#9: Just Visiting

#10: Give and Take

#11: Heart to Heart

#12: Lights Out!

#13: Sink or Swim

#14: Double Dare

#15: Off the Wall

#16: Three is a Crowd

#17: On the Case

#18: Give Me a Break

#19: Keep It Real

#20: All That Glitters

#21: Forget Me Not

#22: All Shook Up

Super Special #1: To Have and To Hold

Super Special #2: Hit the Beach

Super Special #3: Friends till the End

For Girls Only: Everything Great About Being A Girl

I Will Remember You: What to do when someone you love dies

Real Teens: Diary of a Junior Year (Books #1— #6)

1999 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

 

 

 

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