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10/28/2020 The Mystery of Ainsley Castle Berlin-Schöneberg
11/3/2020 The Mystery of Ainsley Castle Berlin-Kreuzberg
11/12/2020 Wallflower (deutsch) Berlin-Pankow
11/16/2020 The Mystery of AInsley Castle (German) Rostock
11/17/2020 Everlasting (bilingual) Rostock
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11/23/2020 Everlasting (bilingual) Berlin-Lichtenberg
12/2/2020 The Mystery of Ainsley Castle Berlin-Kreuzberg
12/4/2020 The Mystery of AInsley Castle Berlin-Moabit

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2021: Book-A-Virtual-Reading! December 17, 2020

My home office online reading season has begun! I'm happy to read to you and your classes in English or German or both. Send me an email to . Can't wait to hear from you!
Infinitissimo (8th-13th grades and adults)

Wallflower (8th-13th grades and adults)

Whispering Leaves (5th-8th grades); English unpublished 

Silence of Snow (5th-8th grades);           "

The Mystery of Ainsley Castle (5th-8th grades)   "


How Wonderful – The German Children's Radio Drama Award November 7, 2020

I’m thrilled to be this year’s recipient of the German Children’s Radio Drama Award for “Stella Menzel and the Golden Thread” (rbb/NDR) with many thanks to the award’s sponsors, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and the ARD Radio network.
The photo shows us in the rbb-studio in July 2019 during a break. We see Theresa Zertani (left), who played Stella, Leslie Malton (right) Stella’s mother, Isabel Zwickel-Menzel, and yours truly (middle) who was cast as Stella’s Oma from America, Josephine. (Me? A grandmother? Yikes!) The photo is a little out of focus. And do you know why? Director Leonhard Koppelmann’s hands were shaky because he just couldn’t wait to get a bite of the cake, a surprise from the folks over at Ohrenbär (rbbKultur). Many thanks to the baker, Birgit Patzelt, and producer, Sonja Kessen. They were all a part of this wonderful production and I am deeply grateful to them!
Indian Summer Surprise — Two More Prizes! September 13, 2020

I am thrilled to report that my novel “The Mystery of Ainsley Castle” has been awarded two more book awards this fall: the LEKTORIX, awarded by the Austrian weekly magazine “Die Furche,” the Institut für Jugendkultur and the STUBE-Vienna. Equally wonderful: “The Mystery of Ainsley Castle” was named Children's Book-of-the-Month October by the German Academy for Children’s and Young Adult Literature in Volkach, Bavaria. Read more here:


                                          Lektorix     Buch des Monats

Happy Holly! July 7, 2020












My novel DAS RÄTSEL VON AINSLEY CASTLE (The Mystery of Ainsley Castle) was just named by Deutschlandfunk and Focus Magazin one of the “7 Best Books for Young Readers” for the month July 2020! 

Tomorrow in All Good German Bookstores! March 9, 2020

A new book is always thrilling. I can't wait to hear what you think. Please let me know. You can contact  me here. 





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