Well, September is officially here.

That means FALL is sort of on it’s way. I’m not one to rush out of Summer (duh.), plus it was 90 degrees today, but, seriously, Halloween and pumpkin season will be here before we know it.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where my new book comes in!!!

St. Louis Boo! arrived fresh from the printers on Friday! And it is BOO-tiful! (sorry.)

The story of St. Louis Boo! is, like the publication of Happy Birthday, St. Louis!, a story about a last minute project pitched to me by my publishers that turned out better than I expected. 

In the midst of my work on Dizzy I was asked to write a book of St. Louis local ghost stories for kids. And, being crazy, I said yes. 

This book took quite a bit of research because, let’s face it, I didn’t know very much about haunted Lou lore. The research was tough!  I could only read my ghost books during the daytime because I KEPT SCARING MYSELF! I live in an old building, people, I wasn’t taking any chances.

All scaring aside, I learned quite a few spooky stories (and had some fun torturing my sisters with facts about the Lemp Mansion on a long drive to Chicago) and was able to write a book I am proud of.


The research was scary, but St. Louis Boo! is not. It is written for young children and illustrated for young children.

Are the ghost stories true? I’ll leave that for you to decide. Honestly, though, it’s a silly book full of cute critters and goofy/spooky surprises. 

It is LOTS of fun for Halloween. I am so happy that the book has arrived so early in September so that we can kick this Fall season in gear!

Where can you get St. Louis Boo!? Well, it’s on its way to local bookstores, BUT I am having an open house book signing at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood from 7pm-? this THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3. 

Stop by, see Dizzy (the book, not the man) and meet “The Spirit of St. Louis,” the cute little host of my new children’s book.

Scared yet?

I didn’t think so!