Books by Lauren McLaughlin

THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Lauren McLaughlin
Released: July 11, 2017

"A recipe for storytime fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mitzi Tulane, preschool detective, is back, and this time she's got helpers. Read full book review >
WONDERFUL YOU by Lauren McLaughlin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Though open adoptions have become more common, they are still not the majority; this is more a single family's adoption story than one that speaks to all adopted children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A birth mother searches for the right parents for her unborn child in this story narrated by the adoptive mother. Read full book review >
THE FREE by Lauren McLaughlin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A penetrating look at the power in the stories we tell ourselves but just a glancing one at the juvenile-justice system. (afterword) (Fiction. 14-18)"
A Boston-area youth in juvenile detention finds redemption in stories—his and his fellow inmates'. Read full book review >
MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE IN WHAT'S THAT SMELL? by Lauren McLaughlin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"Despite misgivings, it's a sweet story centering on a bright, black birthday girl, and on that front it takes the cake. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mitzi Tulane may be a preschool detective, but she is also a birthday girl. Read full book review >
SCORED by Lauren McLaughlin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"The bold, aggressive narrative condemns both No Child Left Behind-style testing and current financial policies, cautioning about what could happen to social mobility in the face of stark inequity. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Everyone is a number in a dystopian near-future in which lives are determined by a corporation's surveillance-driven scores. Read full book review >
(RE)CYCLER by Lauren McLaughlin
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

Jill has more reason than most recent high-school graduates to be both thrilled and terrified to leave home: Once a month, instead of having her period, she turns into a boy. Throughout high school, Jill's mother helped Jill sublimate her boy self so thoroughly that he became an entirely new personality, Jack. Now Jack and Jill, freed from the constraints of a whitewashed Massachusetts suburb, are ready to take on each other, Brooklyn and the world. In theory, anyway. In practice, Jill can't stand that Jack's dating her best friend, and Jack hates Jill's long-distance bisexual boyfriend. Moreover, Jack despises the sketchy Brooklynite Jill might be dating, and both Jack and Jill feel a little lost in the wilds of New York. Packed with realistically emo adolescent pain, Jack and Jill's journey of self-discovery is funny, heartwarming and just a little bit smutty. It won't make sense without Cycler (2008), but it's well worth the effort of reading both. (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >
CYCLER by Lauren McLaughlin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

Jill has truly terrible PMS: Every month, for four days, she turns into a boy. When she wakes up female from her monthly male interlude, Jill meditates to remove all memories of the previous four days—a feat she accomplishes so successfully she creates Jack, an entirely independent personality for her male self. With the militant help of her fervently anti-Jack mother, Jill tries to lead a normal life. But prom is coming, Jill has a crush and Jack is getting restless. In this dark comedy of sex, gender and sexuality, Jill must come to terms with Jack before her mother's hostility destroys them both. A yoga-addicted father, a bisexual hottie and a best friend who invents wildly bizarre fashions fill out a cast of quirky, entertaining, well-drawn secondary characters—with the exception of the unfortunate stereotyping of a kitchen worker as the only Hispanic character. Jill and Jack's story, touched with intrigue, humor and fascinating questions, ends with a conclusion both satisfactory and open-ended. (Fantasy. 14-16)Read full book review >