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Works

The F Words

YA fiction about three high school friends fighting for social and political justice.

She's on First

A fun, energetic, hard-hitting novel about the first woman to play major league baseball. 

Dirty Proof

A mystery featuring private eye Frank Dragovic, from Chicago's south side.

Sound Proof

Chicago private eye Frank Dragovic heads south to Illinois corn country to investigate theft, blackmail, and murder at a music festival.

Charlie Chan's Poppa: Earl Derr Biggers

A detailed, thorough, delightful biography of Earl Derr Biggers, creator of Charlie Chan.

Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies

An overall view of how to think like a writer, particularly a mystery writer: explains step-by-step decisions, with charts and other examples.

Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball

The first book to tell the whole fascinating story of women who played baseball.

Research Notes for Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball, Volumes 1, 2, and 3

A chronological collection of newspaper articles and public documents — the materials on which Women at Play was based.

Jack and Larry: Jack Graney and Larry, the Cleveland Baseball Dog

A man, a dog, a baseball team, and the pursuit of the pennant. A free verse look at the true story of Cleveland outfielder Jack Graney and his bull terrier Larry, the team mascot.

Cookie the Cockatoo: Everything Changes

A look at world changes from 1933 to 2016, as seen through the eyes of Cookie, a Major Mitchell's cockatoo, the longest-lived resident of the Brookfield Zoo (Illinois), in free verse.