I'm first and foremost a writer for kids, because I think kids are fantastic, amazing, wonderful and a whole
bunch of other great things. But that doesn't mean that my stories are for kids only. Every story has a gift
for the one who comes to it with an open heart, no matter that person's age.
As a person of mixed race, I often feel like that mysterious color that closes the chasm between day and
night, sun and moon. It's an inky, ocean blue that makes your heart ache with the hope that there's
something beyond what we can see, for as incredible as this world is, it is also full of turmoil. I try to
hold both realities in my hands as I write, even as I hold both my races in my heart.
Thanks for dropping by, and whether you're nine or ninety, I hope you enjoy my stories!
Cleo is back... as persistent as ever!
Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Inc., 2017
Illustrations by Jennifer L. Meyer
Persuasion Power™ is not enough to get Cleo Edison Oliver out of having to clean her room or do her homework ... or even guarantee her little brother will behave at the sleepover she's planning. But when the glamorous, powerful businesswoman Fortune A. Davies announces a new website where "kidpreneurs" can upload ads for their businesses, Cleo knows she can persuade her idol to endorse her latest enterprise!
She and Caylee are already selling their Passion Clips™ faster than sno-cones on a hot Altadena Heights day. How hard could making a commercial be? Pretty hard, it turns out. And you know what else is complicated for Cleo? Getting the opportunity to finally meet one of the birth parents she's thought about so much.
Fortunately, a little complication never stopped Cleo Edison Oliver. And it won't stop her now! You can count on it.
Read more about Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power