April 18, 2019 – Nomination number four. (Hey, that’s almost five!) SUPERSTAR is on the 2019-2020 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award list. Did you know that Lester used to live in Florida?

April 9, 2019 – Another nomination! SUPERSTAR is on the 2019-2020 Arkansas Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award list. Thanks, Arkansas!

March 19, 2019 – SUPERSTAR is now out in paperback. It’s the same Lester at a more affordable price. Now is the time to buy that class set. (And check out this FREE 12-page classroom resources packet Mandy created to help make using SUPERSTAR in your classroom super easy!)

November 26, 2018 – SUPERSTAR has been included on the 2019 Indiana Read Aloud Too-Good-To-Miss list in the upper elementary category!

November 16, 2018 – SUPERSTAR has been nominated for a 2019-2020 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award in the intermediate category. Mandy was a young Hoosier herself once. She’s not so young anymore, but she’s really happy her book’s on the list.

February 20, 2018 – SUPERSTAR has been nominated for the 2019 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award.

November 15, 2017 – Lester made a list! KIRKUS REVIEWS has named SUPERSTAR one of the best middle grade books of 2017.

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A lovely, heartfelt narrative about the things we’ve lost, and the things we’ve found again.

GARY D. SCHMIDT, Newbery Honor–winning author of The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now

Offers powerful insight into living with autism.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

Davis creates a memorable character within a promising first novel.


Lester’s first-person narrative is honest and pure.

KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

Beautiful, honest, and just the right amount of funny.

LINDA URBAN, author of Milo Speck, Accidental Agent and A Crooked Kind of Perfect

    Writing is how I interact with the world. It’s how I explore what I’m feeling and discover what I know and don’t know. It’s how I connect. While I love the writing I do for kids, this blog of personal essays, which I write for adults, is just as close to my heart.
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