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

KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

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

Davis creates a memorable character within a promising first novel.


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

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

Offers powerful insight into living with autism.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

    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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