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I’m so excited to introduce you to Marvelous Jackson, my second middle grade novel, which will launch September 10, 2024.


Marvelous Jackson is a hopeful, feel-good story about finding your way through heartache and landing on something unexpected and amazing.


I can’t wait to hear what you think of Marvelous Jackson. Whether you're a kid or a grown-up, happy reading!

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Since losing his mom, thirteen-year-old Jack Wilson has spent most of his time seeing just how much trouble he can get away with so that he feels like a winner at something. But he takes his mischief too far and is faced with the possibility of unbearable consequences—like being sent away to boarding school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! He knows it’s time to make a big change.

After rediscovering the love of baking he once shared with his mother, Jack is confident that his new sense of purpose will help him stay on the right path, so he throws himself into learning the finer points of sprinkles and scones, and hopefully even mending his broken relationship with his dad.

When the world-famous Marvelous Midwest Kids Baking Championship television show announces that it’s accepting applications for its next season, Jack takes his hobby to the next level so he can snag a coveted audition spot in Chicago. He knows his journey will be tough and twisty, but maybe it will take him exactly where he needs to go.  

A stand-alone companion to Crossing the Pressure Line, Marvelous Jackson is about taking risks and making mistakes. It celebrates the power of humor, friendship, and sweet treats to make any situation better, even a broken heart. 

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 “...uniquely charming...”
—Dan Gemeinhart, author of
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise 

“I fell in love with all the characters and cheered them
on every step of the way, especially Clare.”

—Katy Bloodgood Miller, Senior Director, Athleta Girl

“...a heart-warming, middle grade book whose story
contains simple rules for a well-lived life.”

—Shana Draugelis, founder of The Mom Edit

“...a heartfelt novel about finding joy, purpose, and human
connection, even while grieving those you’ve lost.”

—Lisl H. Detlefsen, author of Time for Cranberries 

What Readers say about Laura's first book, Crossing the Pressure Line

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