Hot Ticket

A middle-grade mystery

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Hot Ticket is a laugh-out-loud middle grade mystery.

Read the first chapter!

Hot Ticket Sample Chapter

Juliet Robinson is the only sixth grader in John Jay Jr. High who hasn’t received a “hot ticket” from the mysterious ticket dispenser. When one of the dorkiest kids in school – Crammit Gibson – receives a ticket before she does, Juliet decides that the ticketing system has to stop. With the help of her best friend Lucy, a Daria-esque Madeline and her almost-crush Crammit, Juliet is determined to climb a few rungs on the middle school social ladder and catch the ticket dispenser once and for all!

Hot Ticket

Hot Ticket Short Story

Haunting at Heidelburgh Mansion by Tracy Marchini

Haunting at Heidelburgh Mansion

When Juliet Robinson isn’t invited to Cindy’s Un-Halloween Party at a possibly haunted mansion, she can’t resist crashing. But after her best-friend, Lucy, disappears, Juliet has to find a way to get her friend back from the headless bride — or risk losing her friend forever.

Haunting at Heidelburgh Mansion is a 35 page, middle grade ghost story.

Praise for Hot Ticket

“I felt like I could relate to the middle school need in this book to fit in and to have your successes highlighted. I can also relate to how uncomfortable and sad it can be when you feel like you aren’t fitting in.”

Figuring Out The Small Stuff

“The best thing about Hot Ticket, however, is the plot. It’s a mystery concerned with exactly the kinds of things that its audience cares about. It explores ideas of popularity and exclusion, of peer influence and self-esteem, and does it in a way that can’t help but hold the reader’s attention.”

Agrippina Legit

“I also think the concept of the tickets is a stroke of genius. There have been a lot of stories about popularity written for this age group, but the idea of an actual ticketing system is a clever – and cruel – way to highlight who is hot and who is not. The ticketing system gave the author a lot of interesting scenarios to play with, and brought new life to an often overused topic.”

Secrets & Sharing Soda

“I really enjoyed reading this middle grade novel… My favorite line (because it’s probably one I can really relate to) is, ‘Cindy’s left ear is probably cooler than my entire body ever will be.’”

The Literate Mother

“The whole mystery of who the sender of the hot tickets is was well done. Just as Juliet’s clues and evidence kept her changing who she thought it was, the reader is kept uncertain as well.”

The O.W.L.

(Also, check out my guest post at The O.W.L., where I talk about 6th Grade, rabbits and poop.)


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