Free Sampler

The fine folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have produced a special free sampler of my work. So if you’ve ever wanted to try out some of my books or pass something along to a friend, this is your chance!

Brookdale and Beyond contains sample chapters from my first four novels:

  • The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl
  • Boy Toy
  • Hero-Type
  • Goth Girl Rising

It also contains sample pages from Mangaman, as well as three short stories:

  • “The Mating Habits of Whales” (previously published in Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?)
  • “Her Decade” (previously available for download from
  • “The Sixth Credit” (a never-before-seen short story, published here for the first time!)

All you need to do is click below for the story. You can download it in ePub or PDF format:

  • PDF (15MB – works on all computers and most e-readers)
  • ePub (19.8MB – works on computers with proper software and some e-readers, including iPad)

You can also get it (again, for free) directly on your Kindle, Nook, or iBooks:

Attention, Bookstores and Libraries!

If you are a bookstore or a library and would like to make this sampler available to your customers on your store’s website, you can have it for free! Just use the contact form to request the PDF. Include your name and the name, address, and website of your store, and the PDF will be customized to include a page encouraging customers to buy/order/borrow these books from you!