The Heart of the Matter

Be Brave Little One Activity Kit! August 31, 2017 14:59

In prep for my upcoming book tour (schedule on my home page), Sourcebooks and I put together a Be Brave Little One activity kit to “start a conversation about bravery in your  classroom, library or home.”

You can download it here

And if you want to pick up a copy of the book, you will can find it right now in store at Barnes and Noble as well as  It's also available at many independent bookstore — find yours here —  as well as through

I was featured this month in Sourcebook’s Wonderland newsletter, answering Three Impossible Questions Before Breakfast. The topic? Bravery of course!  

 So looking forward to getting on the road! Hoping some of my stops are close to YOU! 

xo, M. 


A short story about love May 23, 2017 11:12

My friend Deb left me a voicemail. 

Deb’s college-aged daughter, Sam, was sad.

Sam's roommate, Morgan, had just lost her dad.

(l to r: Morgan, MC, KatBart and Sam) 

Sam and her friends wanted to let Morgan know how much they cared about her and didn’t know exactly how to do that.

“Will you mail Sam a copy of your Gift of a Memory book?” Deb asked me on voicemail.  

I mailed Sam my book.

And Sam, a typical teen who loves Instagram and SnapChat, carried the book around and asked people write notes to Morgan.  

And they did.  Things like,

“Remember I am always a text or phone call away.”


“I love you so much.”


“I know how much your dad is proud of you.”

Sam gave Morgan the book and Morgan cried buckets of tears.

Tears from missing her dad.  Tears from being loved through the loss. 

The Heart of the Matter: Loss happens, giving us a chance to love.