My newest middle grade comes out Jan. 27. The first offering in the High Street Dares series includes two books, “The Locket of Doom” and “The Ghostly Connection.”
I’m super excited about this new series, which I’ve dedicated to members of the “real” High Street Gang. Growing up on High Street in Manchester, that’s what we called ourselves.
What’s the story behind the name? One year, we were caroling on Maple Street in Manchester when the WSBA van spotted us. I don’t remember who was driving the van, but he stopped and asked us to sing on the radio. So we did. At the end, he asked us our names and we shouted, “We’re the High Street Gang!” The name stuck. I remember running home to tell my parents we were on the radio only to find out they had heard us sing. WSBA was always on in our house!
When I started writing this new middle grade series, I pulled from my childhood. We really did live down the street from a cemetery and there really was an old barn in my backyard and we really did sleep out in a big old tent during the summer. Oh, and we definitely got into plenty of trouble! Especially me.
So, here’s the skinny on my latest tween adventure:
Dares and danger…
Dare Mags to do anything and she’s game. Make it a double dare, and face the whole High Street Gang.
In the Locket of Doom, Mags’ sister and A.J.’s brother, double dare the gang to walk through the cemetery at midnight and perform a spell to make a stone statue cry. But weird things have been happening ever since A.J. started wearing an old locket she found in the park. For one thing, she can’t take the locket off. When an old woman who smells like rotten garbage and has different-colored eyes shows up, things go from bad to worse. Every time A.J. sees the old woman, the locket shrinks. Somehow the locket, the stone statue, and the lady are related. Can the gang figure out the mystery in time to save A.J.?
In The Ghostly Connection, the gang faces another dare—sleeping in a haunted barn. But there’s a lot more to the dare, including another mystery to solve. There’s a good ghost, a bad ghost, and an important message to deliver. Oh, and a treasure to find!
February will be a busy month for me bookwise, too, with two titles releasing. “Ella’s Rain” and “It’s in the Stars.”
“Ella’s Rain” is a beautiful book about love and loss and finding the strength to go on. It includes 365 letters Grandma D wrote to Ella before she died. Grandma instructs her best friend, Maddie, who becomes Ella’s guardian upon her death, to give Ella a new note every day.
“It’s in the Stars” is a romantic comedy about a girl who follows her daily horoscope in search of love. I had a ton of fun writing this! And the protagonist is a reporter who works for a small newspaper. I hope you check it out!
My other titles include: