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For a sneak peek at my next book, check out this guest blog post I wrote for the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, England.


Hooray! Vincent & Theo has won the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award
and a Printz Honor Award at the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards!

Vincent & Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers Vincent and Theo: THE VAN GOGH BROTHERS

The world would not have Vincent van Gogh without Theo.

Vincent: passionate, determined, yet desperately lost on his life’s journey. Theo, his younger brother: steady, constant, dependable, yet lonely.

The brothers’ friendship was stormy, passionate, enduring, essential, a work of art in itself.

Theo was Vincent’s champion, Vincent Theo’s inspiration.

For the past five years I immersed myself in the lives of Vincent and Theo van Gogh. Drawing mostly on the 658 letters from Vincent to Theo, and the 40 we have of Theo's to Vincent, this book tells the story of two dramatic lives intertwined.

I hope you enjoy walking alongside Vincent and Theo on their journey of love, loss, and towering achievement.

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Read more about the book

2018 Michael L. Printz Honor book

Winner of the 2018 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award

2017 Nonfiction Boston Globe-Horn Book

Winner of the 2017 Nonfiction Boston Globe-Horn Book Award!

Winner of the SCBWI's 2018 Golden Kite Award for Non-Fiction for Older Readers.

6 starred reviews from School Library Journal, PW, Booklist, Kirkus, BCCB, and Horn Book

"This illuminating glimpse into the van Goghs’ turbulent life and historical period will add compelling depth to readers’ understanding of the iconic painter."—Booklist, starred review

"A remarkably insightful, profoundly moving story of fraternal interdependence and unconditional love."—Kirkus, starred review

"A unique and riveting exploration of art, artists, and brotherly love."—The Horn Book, starred review

"A breathtaking achievement that will leave teens eager to learn more."—School Library Journal, starred review

"An intensive exploration of their turbulent lives."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A treasure for readers who want to immerse in a roiling domestic drama and who don’t back away from a good cry."—BCCB, starred review