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 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 don’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!! 🍄

Pre-order a signed copy from Interabang Books!

RSVP for the Virtual Launch!

Thanks for all your support of me and my book!! ❤🍄

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 from 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! 🍄🍄🍄

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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The Mutant Mushroom Takeover Pre-order Giveaway!

20200621_203717The Mutant Mushroom Takeover releases in just three months!! To celebrate, I’m doing a giveaway for those who pre-order the book

As a thank you for your support, I’ll send a goodie bag with a signed bookmark, a few creepy crawlers, mushroom stickers, and some colorful mini mushrooms. All you have to do to receive yours, is fill out this form with your name and address and upload a screenshot of your pre-order receipt.

To pre-order your copy, hop over to the Simon & Schuster website and select from one of the linked vendors:

Pre-ordering helps authors, especially new ones. Your pre-order tells bookstores and the publisher that people are excited about this book and improves rankings and how many books are stocked at stores. Both of which make a big impact for authors. You can also lock in to the lowest price. Sites like Amazon offer a pre-order price guarantee. Which means if the cost of the book goes down at anytime before the release, you’ll get the best price.

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover is perfect for kids ages 9-12 who love books with humor, mystery, and friendship.

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Stranger Things meets The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl in this lightly spooky debut about Maggie, an aspiring young naturalist, and her YouTuber best friend, Nate, who use their smarts and science to solve the mystery behind a mutant fungus that’s threatening the town.

Ever since Magnolia Stone’s scientist dad left Shady Pines to find a new job, Maggie’s been stuck in her gramma’s mobile home with her grumpy older brother, Ezra. Now she’s on a mission to put her family back together by winning the Vitaccino Junior Naturalist Merit Award.

When Maggie and her best friend, Nate, a wannabe YouTube star and alien conspiracy theorist, scout out a rare bioluminescent fungus, Maggie is certain she’s a shoo-in to win. But after animals around town start sprouting unusual growths and Ezra develops a bluish glow and hacking cough, Maggie wonders what they’ve really stumbled onto.

Screenshot_20200621-203457_InstagramAs things in Shady Pines become stranger and more dangerous, and conversations with her dad get complicated, Maggie must use her scientific smarts and Nate’s impressive knowledge of all things spooky to put things back in order and prevent these peculiar glowing mushrooms from taking over their home.

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover releases from Simon & Schuster on September 22, 2020.

*Giveaway is open in the United States only