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102 Days of Lying About Lauren

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the 102 DAYS OF LYING ABOUT LAUREN by Maura Jortner Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

Check out my post and make sure to enter the GIVEAWAY! 

About the Book


Author: Maura Jortner

Pub. Date: June 20, 2023

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 227

Buy it: Amazon (blog books)

Find it: Goodreads or Here

After being abandoned by her mother in a most unusual place, a defiant heroine sticks to her plan for staying hidden—even though getting caught could mean saving her life.

Twelve-year-old Mouse calls an amusement park home.

Nobody notices her, and that’s the way she likes it. Mouse sweeps the streets and wears a uniform she “borrowed” and sleeps on the top floor of the Haunted House of Horrors. She knows which security guards to avoid, eats the bagel left out each morning for the Ghost of Summer (a popular theme park legend), and even has the taco guy convinced that her lunch is paid for. She has her special hiding methods down to a science. 

But one morning, a girl named Cat comes looking for Lauren Suszek. Cat notices her, and Mouse doesn’t like it. Mouse cannot let this nosy pest find out who she really is! If Mouse gets discovered living in the park, Mama might come back for her, and Mouse doesn’t want that. Or—even worse?—Mama might not come back at all. 

Mouse knows she can lose this girl without blowing her cover. She just has to follow her rules. A carefully constructed life in the park is all she needs. Right? 

Anchored by memorable characters and an extraordinary setting, Maura Jortner’s brilliant debut novel is bursting with grit, humor, and heart.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Reviews for 102 Days of Lying About Lauren

“Debut author Jortner’s writing is smooth and interesting. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

“A moving debut from Jortner that retains a sense of adventure while lightly exploring an experience of abandonment.”—Publishers Weekly

“Mouse is a main character to root for—with plenty of spunk, humor, and heart.” —Ben Guterson, Edgar Award-nominated author of Winterhouse

“Hilarious, absorbing, and immensely endearing, here is a story that will have your whole heart. This book is alive with ‘Park Magic.'” —Chris Baron, author of Sydney Taylor Notable Book The Magical Imperfect
“Told with the feel of a classic, 102 Days of Lying about Lauren is a truly special book full of hope, friendship, and heart—all the things you need to weather the worst of storms.” —Ally Malinenko, author of Ghost Girl

There’s something about survival stories that make me cheer for the survivor.  At twelve years old, Lauren survived in an amusement park for 102 days after being abandoned by her mom. Hold on to your heartstrings! I was enamored with her ability to blend into the surroundings and her invented ways to score the basic necessities. If that isn’t enough, the plot ratchets up when a tornado destroys the park. Lauren and an employee must confront their heartaches and anxiety. Overall, this is five thumbs up for its unique plot and the development of the main character. Way to enter the world of authors!

About the Author

Maura Jortner teaches creative writing and literature at Baylor University. She lives in Texas with her husband, two daughters, and a cat that can do tricks. Though she doesn’t do big roller coasters, she loves a good haunted house attraction. This is her debut novel. 

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102 Days of Lying About Lauren Giveaway

1 winner will receive a finished copy of 102 DAYS OF LYING ABOUT LAUREN, US Only.

Ends July 25th, midnight EST

Enter HERE and good luck!

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102 Days of Lying About Lauren Book Tour Schedule

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