The Backyard Rangers are busy! More happy news for Trouble at Turtle Pond . . . it’s been long listed for the Massachusetts Book Awards and named a Mass Book Awards 2023 “Must-Read” title in the children’s and YA fiction category! Winners will be announced in September. I’m deeply honored for my eco-mystery to be recognized on this list, and in such amazing company. I’m also very grateful to the judges at Massachusetts Center for the Book, for seeing this book and helping to make it – and the endangered freshwater turtles I wrote about – more visible!

Not only that, Trouble at Turtle Pond was a category finalist (middle reader fiction) for the Eric Hoffer Award and Children’s Book Council Librarian Favorites winner for grades 6-8!