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OLLIE, THE ACORN, AND THE MIGHTY IDEA (Page Street Kids, April 9, 2024)

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Ollie Alexander Kandersteen, successful amateur gardener, longs to be a tree: Strong. Tall. And mighty enough to stand up to Everett, the bully next door. Ollie is rather short for his age, and when things are too heavy or too high to reach, Everett is sure to point it out. Ollie wilts, he withers. Inside and out, he feels small.

But when Everett, feeling jealous of Ollie’s gardening skills, steals Ollie’s sapling, an idea takes root…
“I couldn’t. I shouldn’t.”
But he does! Ollie SWALLOWS an acorn. He waits, wonders, and rumbles … Burp!

With a little care and cultivation, a tree-mendous transformation begins! Ollie’s feet root, his arms branch, his locks leaf, and his limbs stretch to the clouds. He’s finally strong and tall enough to confront Everett. But when he does, he finds out that being the biggest doesn’t always mean you’re the mightiest and getting even with a bully might just make you feel smaller than ever.

Readers of all ages will root for and relate to Ollie in this whimsical story about working together despite differences, the power of kindness, and what it truly means to be mighty.



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Haunted States of America

I am thrilled to share that my short story has been chosen to represent Massachusetts in this anthology.

Each U.S. state and territory has its own history, its own character—and its own legends. Whether it’s Mothman in West Virginia or the Jersey Devil in, you guessed it, New Jersey, spine-tingling stories can be found all across this country.
HAUNTED STATES OF AMERICA is a collection of fifty-two short stories, one for each of the fifty states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Nationally known or relatively unheard of, based in fact or based entirely in local lore, these stories capture the spooky side of the U.S. All story authors were chosen from the SCBWI membership. 

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