Coming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in summer of 2017…a NEW middle grade novel inspired by my personal experiences as the principal’s daughter





During the school day, fifth-grader Allie West is an outsider. Everyone knows the principal’s kid might tattle to her mom! But after school, Allie is an insider. She’s friendly with the janitor, knows the shortest routes around the building, and hangs out with the Afters, a group of misfits whose parents are teachers at their school. Although Allie secretly loves her insider life, she’s sick of being an outsider—so she vows to join the Pentagon, the popular math team led by her ex–best friend. But can Allie change her status without betraying where she really belongs?







Book 2 of THE PAGES BETWEEN US releases 3/14/2017












PBU_final art_lg(1)THE PAGES BETWEEN US, book 1


  • ISBN-10: 006237771X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062377715
  • Ages 8-12


Olivia and Piper are two best friends who have always shared classes together, never needing to branch out and make other friends. But now they’re in middle school and despite having seven classes a day, they somehow only coincide for 52 little minutes! How can they survive?

When Piper finds the sparkly notebook in Target, an idea takes shape. How about the girls use the notebook (including flyers, brochures, receipts, scripts etc) to write to each other every day between classes – sharing all the ups and downs of their middle-school experience?  Because now it’s time to break out of their shells and make new friends – even if that means venturing into a host of scary-sounding after-school clubs. LARPing, chess, Extreme Lego – they could all be amazing, right? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Maybe?

With the notebook as the lifeline between them, the pages Olivia and Piper share – both hilarious and heartbreaking – will either bring them together . . . or tear them apart.

Charming, cute and heartfelt, this is a pitch-perfect, two-perspective collaboration between Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom – two very funny, perceptive authors who write seamlessly together.

“Leavitt and Mellom’s humorous and perceptive tale deftly explores the quandary of how to sustain a cherished friendship while nurturing individual growth.” –KIRKUS


“…will be enjoyed by strong readers eager to devour realistic fiction with a multimedia slant.” -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

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A documentary crew has descended upon Westside Middle School to detail the life of an average seventh grader and his classmates.

What they uncover, though, is far from average. Mostly, it is upper average along with moments of extreme average, highlighted by several minutes of total epicness.


Trevor Jones has been preparing for the start of seventh grade his entire summer. But he is NOT ready for the news his best friend, Libby, drops on him at the bus stop: he needs to branch out and make new friends. Oh, and he must ask a girl to the fall dance. By the end of the day.


Trevor decides that he would rather squirt hot sauce in his eyes than attend the dance. Everything changes, though, when he meets mysterious new student Molly. Trevor starts to think that going to the dance maybe wouldn’t be the worst thing ever. But with detention-wielding teachers, school gossips, and, worst of all, eighth graders conspiring against him, Trevor will have to do the one thing he wasn’t prepared to do: be epic

Praise for The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid

“There’s so much to love about this laugh-out-loud-funny story of what happens to Trevor Jones, who is just starting the seventh grade at Westside Middle School. All in one day, Trevor starts school, loses his best friend and has to deal with a film crew documenting the life of a “typical middle school student.” The story is told a bit in the style of a movie; the chapters are short, and there are cute drawings and doodles on the pages. Total fun for the end of the summer and the start of school.”
The Washington Post (Kids Post)


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Book 2–Libby Gardner and Cindy Applegate are smile-without-teeth friends, but they are fierce rivals when it comes to politics. Cindy owned the student council elections in fourth and sixth grades, while Libby came out on top in fifth. Now, they both hunger for the prestigious title of seventh grade class president.

But middle school elections have their own rules…and pressures. When Trevor Jones is forced to join the presidential race, he devises a plan to make sure his best friend Libby wins. That all changes when he discovers that Libby has oh-so-sneakily gone behind his back by hiring Molly Decker to be her campaign manager. Now, he’s in it to win it. And things are going to get ugly.







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9781423150657_p0_v2_s600Book 3–A documentary crew has descended upon Westside Middle School to detail the life of an average seventh grader named Trevor Jones and his classmates.
Using one-on-one interviews and film footage, as well as notebook drawings, blueprints, clipboard sketches, and doodles, they will tell the story of one school’s tricked-out makeover. Say good-bye to those squeaky seats, and hello to beanbag chairs?

Find out what happens when a second film crew arrives and Trevor is forced to confront his no-change policy to help his best friend, Libby Gardner, trick out their school. When the paint finally dries, it will be epic.







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61J21ZlEf+LBook 4–A documentary crew has descended upon Westside Middle School to detail the life of an average seventh grader named Trevor Jones and his classmates.

The one-on-one interviews, film footages, and camp journals will chronicle the dangerous and highly awkward overnight field trip to Camp Whispering Pines. Trevor Jones will have plenty to worry about: snakes, bears, dining halls, and eighth graders. To make matters worse, Trevor is paired with a special “sensitivity buddy”-longtime frenemy Corey Long.









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