Book Launch Day – The Mutant Mushroom Takeover

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover is now available wherever books are sold and I’m a published author!! Squee!!!

So many people reached out to me today with congratulations, photos of their kids reading the book, and excitement about the release. It was great to connect with so many friends and family on social media and at the book’s virtual launch party with Interabang Books. If you missed the live event, you can watch it all here. It was a blast!

Earlier in the day, my family and I picked up some gorgeous book-themed sugar cookies from a local baker, had lunch, and got ready for the launch party and my chat with fellow middle grade author, Kim Long.

In the afternoon, I had a surprise delivery of a spectacular mutant mushroom style chocolate cake sent by an amazing group of critique partners (thanks so much Taylor, Liz, Jennifer, Kim, Shelly, and Kristen!)

Today, The Mutant Mushroom Takeover was also featured on Middle Grade Mojo, the Inked Voices blog, and a most-anticipated book list from Literacious. Yesterday, an interview I did with MG Book Village posted, and a few days before that KidLit411 did a book profile and giveaway, plus a feature article with the local newspaper.

It’s been a busy but exciting week and now my book baby is out in the world, connecting with readers, and taking on a life of its own.

To order your copy of The Mutant Mushroom Takeover from an independent book store, visit Bookshop.org or to order a signed copy visit Interabang Books.

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover in the Classroom

THE MUTANT MUSHROOM TAKEOVER is featured in a Classroom Connections article today on the blog of MG/PB author, Caroline Starr Rose. In the post, I talk about ways my book can be used in an educational setting.

“There are so many fascinating and bizarre happenings in nature but unless we do some digging we donโ€™t always find out about them. In The Mutant Mushroom Takeover, I really wanted to share my own wonder and excitement about all the strange things right under our noses.”

Read the full article on Caroline’s blog.

Virtual Launch Party – Sept. 22!

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover releases in less than three weeks! At 6p.m. on September 22, I’ll be doing a virtual launch party with a local bookstore, Interabang in Dallas. I’ll be chatting about the book with my author friend and 2018 PitchWars mentor, Kim Long. We’ll talk about the inspiration for the story, my journey to publication, and more! I hope you’ll join me!! ๐Ÿ„

Pre-order a signed copy from Interabang Books!

RSVP for the Virtual Launch!

Thanks for all your support of me and my book!! โค๐Ÿ„

School Library Journal Review!

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover got its second trade review and it’s another great one!

Here’s an excerpt from the full article fromย School Library Journal:

In a little over a month (Sept. 22) my debut will be out in the world! I can’t wait for readers to meet 11-year-old aspiring naturalist, Maggie Stone, and her best friend and alien conspiracy theorist, Nate Fulton, as they dive into all the strange happenings in the town of Shady Pines.

You can preorder your copy today and support your local bookstore! ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„

Kirkus Review!

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover just got a great write up from Kirkus Reviews! They called the book, “Packed to the gills with fun,” and compared it to a larger-than-life monster flick with an “abundance of STEM content.”

Having my book start its journey out in the wide world is a little nerve-racking, so it’s a wonderful feeling to get positive feedback from reviewers. Here’s hoping many more people connect with Maggie, Nate, the town of Shady Pines and all the creepy crawly things inside these pages.

Coming September 22, 2020 from Simon & Schuster. You can pre-order your copy of The Mutant Mushroom Takeover here and support local bookstores!

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https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/summer-rachel-short/mutant-mushroom-takeover/