Book Launch Party with Martha Freeman

Saturday, January 21, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join Martha and Claudia at The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop to hear all about Martha's new book, the writing process, a few tricks of the trade, and a large dose of humor and wit. With over 100 books written between these two amazing authors, this is a not-to-be-missed event!

No murder! No blood! No mayhem! Trashed! is a funny mystery about an awesome shopping experience, a quirky family, a likeable hero, a ghost rodent, and a thief who almost got away with the perfect crime. Also: It's set in Boulder.

From Edgar Award–nominated author Martha Freeman comes a compelling middle grade mystery following a young boy working at his family’s secondhand store that is a steal-your-heart story about family and friendship.

Martha Freeman was born in Southern California in the days when dinosaurs were still a threat. At least that's what her three grown children will tell you.

After graduating from Stanford University, Martha worked as a newspaper reporter, copy editor, substitute teacher, college lecturer, advertising copywriter and magazine writer before finding her true calling as a writer of children's books. She has since written 30 books for children.

In 1995, Martha's family moved from Sonora, California, to State College, Pennsylvania. Martha's book, The Year My Parents Ruined My Life, is loosely based on this move. In fact, Martha’s books are often inspired by her family.

You can see how hosting many many Thanksgiving dinners for large groups affected her writing if you read her Thanksgiving mystery, Who Stole Grandma's Million-Dollar Pumpkin Pie?, which is part of the Chickadee Court series, featuring Alex, Yasmeen and Luau, the ace detective cat.

Pets – especially cats – have always been important to Martha. That's why almost every single one of her books has a cat as a character, and her First Kids mysteries feature a first dog with too much energy, Hooligan.

Martha recently moved to Portland, Oregon, where she enjoys writing, running, making pies, teaching remotely at the University of Colorado, Boulder, entertaining her baby granddaughters and hiking.

Claudia Mills has published over 60 books for young readers, including the middle-grade novels The Lost Language, Zero Tolerance, and Write This Down, and several chapter book series, most recently Franklin School Friends and After-School Superstars. Her books have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections, named Notable Books of the Year by the American Library Association, translated into half a dozen languages, and nominated for dozens of state readers’ choice awards. She has written all her books between 5 and 7 in the morning while lying on the couch and drinking hot chocolate.