Book Trailer Thursday: SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE

Jo Watson Hackl debuted last month with Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe (Random), a middle-grade novel that places an art mystery in a Mississippi ghost town. The story is narrated by 12-year-old Cricket, who Booklist reviewer Carolyn Phelan describes as “idiosyncratic, intrepid, and wholly likable.” Cricket grew up hearing about a secret room, and when her mother disappears, Cricket believes that room may be the key to getting her back—that is, if it exists and if she can find it. The ensuing adventure takes Cricket into the woods and an overgrown ghost town, where she must fend for herself, search for clues, and learn that sometimes, getting lost is part of finding your way.

You can read Carolyn Phelan’s review online or in the June 1 print issue of Booklist.

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A former Booklist intern and current Booklist reviewer, Ellie is a reader and writer based in Chicago. She holds a BA in writing from Wheaton College (IL) and is the assistant to the president at Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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