Nine-year-old Mya Tibbs is in a triple heap of trouble. As the Tibbs household prepares for the new baby, Mya is extra excited to spend time with her mom watching their favorite Annie Oakley marathon before her new sister arrives. Until she's cornered into a bet with her number-one enemy, Naomi Jackson, that she can beat her in the famous fourth-grade Wall of Fame Game—which means Mya is stuck studying every night instead of hanging out with Mom. As if that wasn't enough, Mya just entered Bluebonnet's annual chili cook-off, even though she doesn't know how to cook!
Can Mya find a way to beat Naomi, win the chili cook-off, and get some special mom/daughter time before it's too late?
Balzer + Bray (Harper Collins), hardcover (January 2017), ISBN-13: 9780062342362
Nine-year-old Mya Tibbs is boot-scootin' excited for the best week of the whole school year—SPIRIT WEEK! She and her megapopular best friend, Naomi Jackson, even made a pinky promise to be Spirit Week partners so they can win the big prize: special VIP tickets to the Fall Festival!
But when the partner picking goes horribly wrong, Mya gets paired with Mean Connie Tate—the biggest bully in school. And she can't get out of it.
Now Naomi is "friend-ending" mad at Mya for breaking a promise—even though Mya couldn't help it—and everyone at school is calling Mya names. Can Mya work with Mean Connie to win the VIP tickets and get her best friend back?
Balzer + Bray (Harper Collins), hardcover (January 2016), ISBN-13: 9780062342331
"Nuanced depictions of friendship coupled with larger-than-life and fully three-dimensional characters make this delightful book at once thoughtful and a riot to read."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A big-hearted, high-spirited, cowboy-booted heroine...The story's vivid small-town setting and memorable characters will have many readers looking forward to more Mya."
"[A] winning series debut."
"Spunky, sweet hearted, and full of fun, Mya will have readers everywhere yelling 'Yee-haw'!"
—Varian Johnson, author of The Great Greene Heist
"Looking for a book that sparkles with laughter and heart? Yippee kai-yay—here it is! Mya's search for a true, not-fake friend will tickle your giggle bone and lasso your ticker. Everyone but everyone should have a friend like the magnetic and magnificent Mya Tibbs."
—Tricia Springstubb, author of Moonpenny Island
"In The Spirit Week Showdown, earnest Mya, with her Texas charm and mounting friendship problems, kept me turning the pages all the way to the boo-yang cool finale. Trust me: you'll want all your friends to read this one!"
—Tracey Baptiste, author of The Jumbies