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Middle Grade Books 

Wilds, Warnings, & Little Wolves 

Camping is a real snoozefest. Unless you meet werewolf.


The last thing eleven year old Lyssa Klarken expects to find on camping trip with her dad and his girlfriend is missing boy. But when he disappears from  and a wolf pup replaces him, she only has twenty four hours to find out what happened and return him to his family.


A mysterious campground, a lost boy, and spooky werewolf legends. Enjoy this adventurous middle grade novella for ages 9-14.


Plies, Pranks, & Hocus-Pocus 

Pranks are the best thing about Halloween — until a ghost pulls one on you.


When eleven-year-old Lyssa Klarken discovers the legend about her ballet school being haunted is true, she thinks she’s won the candy-filled jackpot.


But treats turn to tricks when Nadia, the ghost of a star ballerina, starts pranking her. Nadia only agrees to leave Lyssa alone if she frees her from her unfinished business. There’s just one problem: Nadia can’t remember what that is.


Lyssa has six days to figure it out and save Nadia from torment. If she fails, the tables will turn: Lyssa will be haunted for the rest of her life. Can she solve the mystery before the curtain rises on October 31st?


Sugarplums, Spells, & Snowflakes 

Baking is hard, but stirring in a dash of wonky magic, a dusting of competition, and a dollop of family drama is a recipe for disaster.

Ever since her mom came out, Lyssa and her family have been estranged from her paternal grandparents. Lyssa longs  for the holidays to be the way they used to be, and she especially misses baking with her grandma.

A local baking competition seems like the perfect way to bring everyone back together. The only problem? Lyssa is a terrible baker. Then, like magic, while shopping for gifts, she finds a potion guaranteed to grant her heart’s desire.

But instead of a perfect family, Lyssa gets an unexpected guest: a snow spirit with broken magic  who can’t go home until she grants Lyssa’s real wish.

Can Lyssa solve the snow spirit’s dilemma, win the baking competition, and restore her relationship with her grandmother before the Christmas bells ring?

From C.J. Kavanaugh comes the third book in her “Holiday Hijinx” series - a roller coaster ride of competition chaos mixed up with a heart-warming endeavor to reclaim holiday nostalgia.

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