Saturday, November 19, 2011

SPA, All the Way!

Over the last two weeks, the terrific school I teach at, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, gave me the opportunity to play celebrity writer at our Middle School/Upper School and then Lower School Book Fests. I appreciate all the work adults put into these events, and I'm awfully grateful to the students who made me feel very special. Thank you. Here's a picture of me with some of the Lower Schoolers. We're in the Story Room, and I just finished reading a couple chapters of Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Coolest Voicemail Ever

My friend Anders, who teaches 5th grade (or is it 6th?), just left me this voicemail:

"Hi, Andy. Just wanted to let you know my students think you're cooler than Roald Dahl. They groaned when I told them we'd be reading more of Danny the Champion of the World instead of beginning your book."

While I can't agree with their taste--no writer's cooler than Roald Dahl--I more than appreciate the sentiment. Thanks to you, Mr. Johnson's class.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Barnes and Noble Event Today!

A year ago, I got to be the featured author at the Roseville (Har Mar) Barnes and Noble's celebration of summer reading event. Kids who read a certain number of books over the summer were given a free book, and I was there to read from Dizzy Fantastic and talk with kids about reading.

Today, I get to do it again (though I'll be reading from Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth).

Come join in the fun, which begins at 2:00.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Book Event Today!


If you get the chance, join me at the Bookcase of Wayzata, the hip, pretty bookshop down by the water. The event begins at 2:00, and I'll be reading and signing Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Valley Bookseller Today; Glaciers Tomorrow

I'll be at the Valley Bookseller in Stillwater today (Saturday the 6th) reading from Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth and signing books. Tomorrow (Sunday the 7th) I'll be at Glaciers Cafe in Minneapolis for the book release party.

Stop by if you can. You'll get a bookmark both places, and there will be chance to win additional prizes at the release party.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Here 'tis!

Isn't that the purdiest book you ever saw? With the magic of technology--PDFs, JPEGs and the like--I had a strong idea what Skipping Stones would look like, but I didn't know the title would be raised, embossed gold. Thanks, Cedar Fort, for the beautiful cover and layout. Oh, and a blogger recently wrote something about the novel I have to share.

Blogger and fellow author Shannon O'Donnell wrote this:
Skipping Stones is the most lyrically written MG story I've read since Kathi Appelt's THE UNDERNEATH--almost musical at times. The story is totally original, the characters and setting are strange and unique, and the ending was not what I expected. When reading this story, there were times I wasn't sure what I was feeling; it almost needs to settle a while, like Thanksgiving dinner. By the end, I was a fan. Andy Hueller won me over with his unique style and storytelling ability!


See you all at the book release party at Glacier's Cafe on Sunday (or earlier, in Stillwater, at the Valley Bookseller).


Monday, August 1, 2011

Get Your Copy Today

Well, that may not be true. Many bookstores have the 8th--so, a week from today--as their official Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth release date. But still, it's exciting: Today is the publisher's release date.

The manuscript I often thought was too amibitous for my own good, the one that took me 4 1/2 years to write one complete draft of--it's now available as a beautiful book to all of its intended readers.

Hope you enjoy it.

And don't forget to see me and the book this weekend. You could see me in Stillwater at the Valley Bookseller on Saturday the 6th (2:00) or celebrate with me at the release party on Sunday the 7th (also 2:00) at Glacier's Cafe in Minneapolis. On the evening of Tuesday the 9th, I'll be at the Riverview Cafe in my very own Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis.

See you soon.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blog Tour


I'm honored that Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth has been sent on a blog tour. That means serious, book-reviewing bloggers all over have been reading the advance reading copy, reviewing the book, and often interviewing me along the way. You can check out these reviews and interviews at

Take a look at what some of the story's earliest readers have to say.

And thanks to all those bloggers who participated.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Coming Soon . . .

We're less than a week from the release of Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth. Today, I rode my bike to Wild Rumpus, the children's bookstores with the cats, chickens, and scorpions. I worked there my first year out of college, and it's a special place to me. Seeing Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle on their shelves this afternoon . . . well, that was something. I dropped off bookmarks for any interested customers.

Anyway, on my ride, I get caught on one-way paths around Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. I finally figured out how the network of paths works, though, and now it seems appropriate that I had this experience while promoting the first novel I ever wrote (though it's the second one published). When I wrote Skipping Stones, I was still figuring out how to tell a big, long, wending story. But I did figure it out, and I wrote a book I'm awfully proud of. I'm proud I found my way around Minneapolis today, too. If you know me and my at times clueless sense of direction, you'd be proud, too.

One week, all!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Banner Stand

Look what my wife had made for me, all!


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cool Choices--Cooler Trailer

Hi again, all. A writer I know from the MNSCBWI, Sandy Humphrey, has a great, timely, newish book out.

Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity, and Put-Downs is the book. It seeks to empower readers to make honorable, respectful, decent choices, and it's already won awards. Check out the trailer here:

Enjoy, and check out Sandy's website:


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A New Voice in American Letters


I learned today that my friend Jamie Patterson, whom I met in my days as a graduate school writing tutor, has published a memoir. Sounds like tough, hearbreaking stuff--it's a story she shared with me briefly back when we worked together--but I know Jamie can write, and I know she'll bring us all through the story with quiet, assured honesty.

Find out more here:

I can't wait to read it.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Art and Science of Stone Skipping

Love to skip stones as Cal and Mr. E do? Check out these sources:

Make sure to pay attention to Mr. E's stone-skipping lesson in chapter 18 of Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth--out in August.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

MNSCBWI Workshop

Yesterday, I presented at the Minnesota Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I want to say, "Thanks, Minnesota children's writers, for listening to my spiel." I promised to post my PowerPoint presentation on my website. I'm having trouble figuring out how to get it posted, though. If you'd like to see it, send me an e-mail. I'll send it to you that way.

Thanks, again.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

. . . and we're off!

Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth hit the printers today. The publisher has posted a website (called a poster page) for the book, as well. You can find it here:

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I've enjoyed working on it these last six years.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Finished Final Edits!


I just finished my final final author edits. Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth will soar to printers in two weeks. Wowza.

Hey--and I've just begun a new blog intended for fans of Skipping Stones. If you want to know more about Belinda Poof, or you have something about her to share with others, visit


Monday, May 16, 2011

Let the Blog Reviews Begin

A number of bloggers have agreed to review or feature Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth in some way. Britta from I Like These Books is the first. See her review at

Look for my interview there soon.

Thanks, Britta.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dizzy takes off

Check out my new poster page: Cheers, Andy

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Final Cover

For those of you who have been watching its development, the final cover:

How neat is that, huh? Thank you Nick Serr, illustrator, and the creative people at Cedar Fort. It's creepy, intense, yet playful--everything I hope my story is, too.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hey--a Dizzy Spotting on that Crazy Interweb

Okay. So, I did it. I googled Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle. When I did, I found a news source called "Campbell Patch." In her article celebrating Read Across America Day, Linda Covella recommended one book in particular--Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle. You can find the article over in the In the Media section of this website.

Thanks, Ms. Covella. I'm honored.


P.S. I've created a new page featuring some of the reviews my books have received from fellow writers. Thanks to all and to all a good . . . afternoon

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thanks, Withrow!

This morning I had the privilege of visiting Withrow Elementary. What a treat it was. The kids, their hardworking teachers, and their creative librarian welcomed me as warmly as an author can be welcomed. They made signs. They awarded a homemade check for Nelson's ice cream to me and my wife. They'd completed a scavenger hunt on this very website. They'd all read my book ahead of time.

I read a chapter of Dizzy Fantastic and then fielded questions. Questions about me, the book, the next book, and more. I tried to keep up with the questions, but I couldn't make a dent in them. Of the 140 students, it seemed at least 100 of them always had a hand in the air. I'm confident you all know more about me as a writer than I do by this point.

Thank you, thank you for your enthusiasm, Withrow. I hope to see you all soon.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Skipping Stones--the (Almost) Final Cover

Here 'tis, all, for your viewing pleasure. I'm biased, of course, but I think it's about the coolest cover ever.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Books of Elsewhere

I just read a creepy new children's novel--a novel that plays with darkness, bringing it to life, as I try to do in Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth. The book is The Shadows, by Jacqueline West. My oh my can West write. Her talent, though, has put her protagonist (eleven-year-old Olive) in a tough spot--one where "whispers [rush] after her, like dry leaves in the wind." If only Olive's story had been told by some hack, the poor girl wouldn't have nearly so much to worry about.

Anyway, I've written a short review of the book:

The Shadows, Jacqueline West
I have no idea how Dial (the publisher) or bookstores are marketing Jacqueline West’s scary good middle-grade novel The Shadows, but it’s a horror through and through. In all the best ways, too. It feels more like a long short story than a novel, as its protagonist (eleven-year-old Olive) finds herself trapped in one horrifying setting from beginning to end: her house. We’ve all been there—alone for the night, hearing creaks and groans, knowing deep inside us that the dark corners and spreading shadows hold dangers we want to ignore. West, in poet’s prose, brings paintings, lakes, and trees to life; they all want to take ours. For Olive, it’s “a nightmare, and she [can’t] wake up.” For us, it’s one compellingly claustrophobic read. The best news: The Shadows is merely the first in a forthcoming series (The Books of Elsewhere). Good luck, Olive. Don’t forget to look back over your shoulder.

Happy reading.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Barbie Fantastic!

So my mom told me this story today.

Her friend bought a copy of Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle last fall for her five-year-old niece, who lives in Idaho. This is a little girl who recently recieved her first Barbie and her first bike (so yeah, a reader primed for my debut novel). Her parents read her DF, and now she rides her bike around the neighborhood declaring, "I am Barbie Fantastic!" I imagine she says this in the voice of the little girl from Despicable Me (the one who says, "He's so furry I'm gonna die!").

Stories like this--they make me smile and feel proud.

Thanks, readers.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Skipping Stones ARC

Here 'tis, friends and foes: the advance reading copy (ARC) of Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth, which I and the publisher are sending out to reviewers now.

It doesn't have a cover design yet, but the black background does set an appropriately ominous tone.

It'll hit bookstore and library shelves this summer.