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MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS
Imagine if your parents held a trial to decide whether you could have a pet—and your prissy sister was your opponent!
Michael can’t bear to part with the stray puppy he rescues near the railroad tracks. His lawyer parents agree to let him keep the dog he’s named Caboose—IF he can persuade them in a trial that he is able to care for the pup. With the help of his friends, practical Alexandra and Shakespeare-spouting Ted, Michael builds his case. But Caboose’s mischief threatens to derail Michael’s efforts. His nerves and patience are tested at trial as he copes with out-of-control witnesses and his competitive sister. When the gavel finally falls, will it have been worth it?
The Opal Pursuit
What if relinquishing your most prized possession might save a mysterious stranger—and maybe an entire kingdom?
Rand is a Hunter who knows how to evade danger while seeking gemstones with mystical powers in the vast wilderness of the rough lands. But when he rescues a stranger from certain drowning in the unforgiving marshes, he stumbles right into a danger he couldn’t foresee. He learns Frieda is pursued by a ruthless member of the Elite Guard, the group responsible for the suspicious death of his father. Could the opal Rand found on the last day he saw his father alive be the key to clearing Frieda’s name and saving the King’s life in the process?
The Simple Scheme
You must solve as a team, seven clues in my scheme.
When clocks strike ten plus two, time is up for your crew.
Four longtime friends are pitted against each other in the blame game when a team science project goes awry. The arrival of an anonymous invitation lands the squabbling quartet in a strange house where they have to work together to solve riddles and puzzles to escape before midnight. But it’s not just their science grade that must be salvaged in the process. Repairing their damaged friendship could be the biggest project they’ve ever faced. And who sent the mysterious invitation in the first place?
YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
“You can learn a lot about a person from their laundry. Spend as much time at the Washin’ Where? as I do, and you’ll figure everybody out.”
Science whiz Delilah escapes struggles at home to study at the laundromat in hopes of winning a college scholarship she dreams will change her life. At this oasis, she observes her fellow patrons and formulates rules about relationships. Her policy of noninvolvement is tested by the arrival of a cute prep school guy whose friendly persistence and humor tempt her to open up. But what could privileged Chris possibly know about a life like hers? Delilah discovers that Chris has more in common with her than she imagined—and maybe her rules aren’t so watertight after all.
Awards for Spin Cycle
Winner: SCBWI-Illinois PWIDay Manuscript Contest
Finalist: Windy City RWA Four Seasons Contest
Winner: Shannon Parker Manuscript Contest