New Release Books by LAUREN BARATZ-LOGSTED

LAUREN BARATZ-LOGSTED is the author of Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes (2022), The Great Gatz (2021), Joint Custody (2021), Zombie Abbey (2018) and other 71 books.

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Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes

release date: Jun 01, 2022
Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes
For herein Fortune shows herself to be more kind Than is her custom. That’s Shakespeare. In case you’re wondering. If you were Delilah ‘Baby’ Sampson, you’d already know that. Delilah got hooked on the Bard back in college. Then she briefly got hooked on Singapore Sling cocktails. And then she got tossed out of school. Yes, when Delilah discovers something she likes, she really sticks with it. These days, her addictions include sudoku, lime diet cola and now...Jimmy Choos. Oh, Baby’s gotta have those shoes! But on her window-washer salary, $700 for one pair is a stretch. Which leads us to her latest obsession...gambling. With an impromptu posse, including an elderly movie star, two Brazilian lesbians and Hillary Clinton (no, not that one!), Delilah hits the casinos and discovers that she’s a natural-born high-roller. Every win puts her closer to those beloved Choos. And as the ‘21s’ keep dropping, so do the men...right at her feet. But for a girl who never knows when to fold ’em, gambling and casino guys are not healthy habits. She could end up losing her shirt, her head...and a whole lot more.

The Great Gatz

release date: Dec 07, 2021
The Great Gatz
A dog tries his best to keep his two co-parenting owners and their happiness afloat in this hilarious and touching sequel to Joint Custody by Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Jackie Logsted. The Man is happy. The Woman is happy. That means Gatz is happy. He'd like to forget about the trouble he made to get them back together—only slightly ashamed at his antics—and focus on the future. The Woman and New Man are about to get married, after all. But when The Woman loses her job because of some bad press about the two of them, her confidence is broken and she can't help but feel resentful towards New Man when his own career stays intact. Gatz has to give it to him; New Man remains as patient as a saint (of course he does). The Man is doing better, too, thanks to the New Woman in his life, who just so happens to be a writer as well. But two authors in the same relationship can sometimes be one too many, and they find themselves getting quite competitive with each other. But Gatz has faith in them—The Man did learn from his mistakes, didn't he? Gatz doesn't know what happened to these two perfectly happy couples, but he knows one thing is for sure: not all families are alike, and happiness can be found in the unlikeliest pockets—just like treats!

Joint Custody

release date: Jan 05, 2021
Joint Custody
A mischievous dog takes matters into his own paws when his beloved owners split up in this offbeat romantic comedy. The Man has custody Monday through Friday, The Woman has custody on the weekends. But that's not enough for Gatz, who will do anything to bring them back together—even if it kills him. And it almost did. Of course he knows chocolate is bad for him, especially two whole pounds of it, but it’s the risk he’s willing to take to get them back together. Gatz knows that The Man and The Woman are perfect for each other—how can they not see it too? She is an editor and he’s a writer. She’s a social butterfly and he’s as introverted as a guy can get. After the misguided death-by-chocolate attempt, Gatz thinks he still has time. But when New Man—so handsome, so nice, so perfect—enters The Woman's life, he realizes he’ll need to step up his game. And you know what they say: drastic times call for drastic doggy measures. A laugh-out-loud romance that will touch your heart and make you want a furry friend of your own.

Zombie Abbey

release date: Apr 03, 2018
Zombie Abbey
1920, England And the three teenage Clarke sisters thought what they'd wear to dinner was their biggest problem... Lady Kate, the entitled eldest. Lady Grace, lost in the middle and wishing she were braver. Lady Lizzy, so endlessly sunny, it's easy to underestimate her. Then there's Will Harvey, the proud, to-die-for—and possibly die with!—stable boy; Daniel Murray, the resourceful second footman with a secret; Raymond Allen, the unfortunate-looking young duke; and Fanny Rogers, the unsinkable kitchen maid. Upstairs! Downstairs! Toss in some farmers and villagers! None of them ever expected to work together for any reason. But none of them had ever seen anything like this.

I Love You, Michael Collins

release date: Jun 20, 2017
I Love You, Michael Collins
Amazon Editors' Pick Best Books of June 2017 Semifinalist: GoodReads Choice Awards 2017 Best Middle Grade and Children's Book National Council for Social Studies/Children's Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2018 The Planetary Society Recommended Space Books for Kids of All Ages 2017 The National Science and Engineering Council of Canada list of books for Science Literacy Week 2018 2018-2019 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Intermediate Grade list 2018-19 Maine Student Book Award Reading List 2018-2019 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award List, Grades 3-5 It’s 1969 and the country is gearing up for what looks to be the most exciting moment in U.S. history: men landing on the moon. Ten-year-old Mamie’s class is given an assignment to write letters to the astronauts. All the girls write to Neil Armstrong ("So cute!") and all the boys write to Buzz Aldrin ("So cool!"). Only Mamie writes to Michael Collins, the astronaut who will come so close but never achieve everyone else's dream of walking on the moon, because he is the one who must stay with the ship. After school ends, Mamie keeps writing to Michael Collins, taking comfort in telling someone about what's going on with her family as, one by one, they leave the house thinking that someone else is taking care of her—until she is all alone except for her cat and her best friend, Buster. And as the date of the launch nears, Mamie can't help but wonder: Does no one stay with the ship anymore? With I LOVE YOU, MICHAEL COLLINS, Lauren Baratz-Logsted has created a heartwarming story about family and being true to yourself. A Margaret Ferguson Book

The Adventures of Sherlock Bones: Dog Not Gone!

release date: Feb 21, 2017
The Adventures of Sherlock Bones: Dog Not Gone!
After being introduced to Sherlock Bones, the Greatest Detective in the World, in Case File #1: Doggone, Dr. Jane Catson - surgeon and veteran of the Cat Wars - is back to share an all-new mystery adventure with readers. Despite all of Jane's resistance, Bones is now living with her and her housekeeper/chef, the turtle with a jetpack, Mr. Javier. This time out, the mismatched duo's investigations lead them to a case involving murder, of course, and - wait for it! - Utah. If there's one thing readers can be certain of it's that in this world, the animals are always smarter than the humans. Also, did we mention...Utah?

Crazy Beautiful

release date: Jan 18, 2017
Crazy Beautiful
In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself. Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her. But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering. Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.

Falling for Prince Charles

release date: Feb 09, 2016
Falling for Prince Charles
"Lauren Baratz-Logsted has mastered the real life fairy tale in her explosive and hilarious FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES. It's all here, lovelorn Daisy Silverman flush with cash and high hopes, Prince Charles who can't resist her, and London in all its splendor. Curl up and get ready to laugh long into the foggy night." —Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE Daisy Silverman has always been obsessed with His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. When the underachieving 30-something cleaning lady wins a million dollars, she follows her lifelong dream to go to London. Once there, she meets Prince Charles—the real Prince Charles. Through a series of misunderstandings, the Royal Family doesn't realize that Daisy's Jewish or that she's spent her life up to the elbows in the wrong kind of toilet water. By the time they do, Daisy is in love with Charles, Charles is in love with Daisy, and the Queen's white gloves are off. FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES is an offbeat alternate-universe romantic comedy showing the heir to the British throne in a light quite unlike any he's been seen in before. "Daisy's madcap adventure is more comedy than romance, and her most unusual and unlikely relationship with Prince Charles will appeal to reads looking for lots of giggles." —Publishers Weekly

The Sisters Eight Series

release date: Dec 01, 2015
The Sisters Eight Series
What would happen if your parents went missing? Gone! Poof! The Huit sisters, octuplets to be exact, experience just this. Mommy was supposed to bring hot chocolate, and Daddy more wood for the fire. But they’re gone! What are the young girls to do? The Sisters Eight are determined to find out what happened to their parents. Maybe the notes that keep appearing mysteriously behind a loose brick in the fireplace have something to do with it. It’s a good old-fashioned mystery, with missing parents, nosy neighbors, talking refrigerators, foul-smelling fruitcake (is there any other kind?), and even a little magic. Eight little girls, eight cats, and one big mystery—let the fun begin! Jump right into this series, one book for each sister, and discover which secret power lies within the sisters! Annie’s the oldest, and thus her power appears first. Unravel the mystery with the Sisters Eight starter pack. This starter pack contains three books: Annie’s Adventures, Durinda’s Dangers, and Georgia’s Greatness.

Red Girl, Blue Boy

release date: Oct 20, 2015
Red Girl, Blue Boy
Enjoy Red Girl, Blue Boy and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury's contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have! Sixteen-year-old Katie and Drew really shouldn't get along. After all, her father is the Republican nominee for President of the United States while his mother is at the top of the Democratic ticket. But when Katie and Drew are thrown together in a joint interview on a morning talk show, they can't ignore the chemistry between them. With an entire nation tuned into and taking sides in your parents' fight, and the knowledge that--ultimately--someone has to lose, how can you fall in love with the one person you're supposed to hate? This title in the If Only line is a frank and funny romance that shows how sparks fly when opposites attract.

The Other Brother

release date: Sep 19, 2017
The Other Brother
What if Mick Jagger had a younger brother, who also liked to sing? Veteran women's fiction writer Lauren Baratz-Logsted answers the question in an original heartfelt novel about what it means to be family.

The Sisters Club

release date: Sep 07, 2015
The Sisters Club
“A warm, wise and witty tale [that] lovingly evokes the lives of four ordinary women who become each other’s surrogate families.” —Elizabeth Letts Some families you are born into. Some you choose. And some choose you. Four women have little in common other than where they live and the joyous complications of having sisters. Cindy waits for her own life to begin as she sees her sister going in and out of hospitals. Lise has made the boldest move of her life, even as her sister spends every day putting herself at risk to improve the lives of others. Diana is an ocean apart from her sister, but worries that her marriage is the relationship separated by the most distance. Sylvia has lost her twin sister to breast cancer, a disease that runs in the family, and fears that she will die without having ever really lived. When Diana places an ad in the local newsletter, Cindy, Lise, and Sylvia show up thinking they are joining a book club, but what they discover is something far deeper and more profound than any of them ever imagined. With wit, charm, and pathos, this mesmerizing tale of sisters, both born and built, enthralls on every page.

Crossing the Line

release date: Feb 03, 2015
Crossing the Line
A fake pregnancy, a real baby, and a madcap adventure: This follow-up to The Thin Pink Line is “even better than the first book” (Booklist). London editor Jane Taylor pretended to be pregnant for months. Now she has rescued an actual abandoned baby—which would have come in handy for keeping up her charade, except that the infant is black and Jane is white. Finally giving up her ruse, Jane comes clean to the people in her life—but she wants to keep this precious little one. To do that, she’ll have to battle Social Services and take on anyone who tries to get in her way, with some help from her ex-boyfriend Tolkien. But as she tries to reassure others—and herself—that she would make a fit mother, it’s clear that she’ll always be crazy Jane . . . This is a delightfully comic and touching tale from an author with a “deft touch and sure eye for character” (Elizabeth Letts, New York Times–bestselling author of The Perfect Horse).

The Thin Pink Line

release date: Feb 03, 2015
The Thin Pink Line
"Hilarious and original." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY A KIRKUS starred review. Jane Taylor is a slightly sociopathic Londoner who wants marriage and a baby in the worst way, and she's willing to go to over-the-top lengths to achieve her dream. When Jane thinks she's pregnant she tells everyone. When it turns out to be a false alarm, she assumes she'll just get pregnant, no one the wiser. But when that doesn't happen, well, of course she does what no one in her right mind would do: Jane decides to fake an entire pregnancy!

The Bro-Magnet

release date: Feb 01, 2015
The Bro-Magnet
Has the world’s nicest dude bro found happiness at last? Poor Johnny Smith. At age thirty-three, the house painter has been a best man a whopping eight times, when all he’s ever really wanted is to be a groom. But despite being everyone’s favorite dude, Johnny has yet to find The One. Or even anyone. So when he meets high-powered District Attorney Helen Troy, and falls for her hard, he follows the advice of family and friends. Since Helen seems to hate sports, Johnny pretends he does too. No more Jets. No more Mets. At least not in public. He redecorates his condo. He gets a cat. He takes up watching soap operas. Anything he thinks will earn him Helen, Johnny is willing to do. There’s just one hitch: If he does finally win her heart, who will he be? “There are so many memorable moments in this book that I could spend page after page quoting them.” —USA Today

Little Women and Me

release date: Jul 23, 2013
Little Women and Me
Modern-day teen Emily March turns to Louisa May Alcott's famous book for a school assignment and finds herself mysteriously transported to the world of "Little Women," where she undergoes surprising changes.

A Little Change of Face

release date: Aug 15, 2012
A Little Change of Face
I need to change my life. On the surface, it doesn't look too bad. Great body, check. Pretty face, check. Job, check. Chicken pox. Check. Stuck in her Danbury, Connecticut, condo in self-imposed exile until she's contagion-free, Scarlett Jane Stein keeps circling around to a passing comment her friend Pam made: how everything (read: men) comes to Scarlett just because she's attractive. Is it true? All her life she's thought that she was fun to be around, that people liked her. Was it only because she was pretty (say it—because she's got incredible breasts)? Or is Pam, tired of playing second fiddle, now playing her? All Scarlett knows is that she's never found the man she believes is out there, her One True Love. So maybe Scarlett needs to change things up. So it's goodbye, Scarlett and hello, dowdier, schlumpier Lettie Shaw. And with her new look, new name, new home and new job, is there a chance that Lettie-née-Scarlett will find someone who loves her for who she is inside? Or has Scarlett's little change of face turned into the biggest mistake of her life?

The Final Battle...for Now

release date: Aug 07, 2012
The Final Battle...for Now
It's the final book! Each of the Eights has received her power and gift and they even know where Daddy is—inside a snowglobe-shaped Christmas tree ornament. Now all they have to do is get inside the ornament and rescue Daddy. Hopefully, Mommy's in there with him. For heaven's sake, how are they supposed to shrink all of them (plus the cats!) down to a size small enough to fit in the globe and then actually get inside it? Of course, through magic or just shear will power—who really knows which—the girls have done quite a few things that, to be honest, they really shouldn't have been able to do. But this seems like asking too much even for these intelligent and talented girls. But the Eights are also a very determined group. Now that they know where Daddy is, they will—and they do—find a way to him. But they never would have guessed what else awaits them inside the snowglobe.

The Final Battle... for Now

release date: Jan 01, 2012
The Final Battle... for Now
The Huit octuplets, each of whom has now discovered her power and received her gift, finally learn where their parents are, but before they can attempt a rescue they must face the Other Eights and a very scary aunt.

Zinnia's Zaniness

release date: Sep 13, 2011
Zinnia's Zaniness
The penultimate episode in the Sisters Eight saga! Finally! Zinnia’s turn has arrived. The poor girl has been waiting for her time in the spotlight quite long enough. Really, it would be cruel to make her wait any longer. What will her power and her gift be? Will either of them prove to be as much of a doozy as she has been hoping for? There’s only one way to find out: Let her story begin. It’s finally Zinnia Time!

Rebecca's Rashness

release date: May 02, 2011
Rebecca's Rashness
Rebecca’s the tough one, always chastising the other Eights for not bucking up when trouble arises. But how will she fare when it’s her turn to face her power? What kids are saying about the Sisters Eight: “The Sisters 8 is really suspenseful and funny. I can’t wait for the next one!” —Indrani, age 10 “I love the Sisters 8 series because I love mysteries. My cousins, friends, and my sister and I like to play the Sisters 8 and we are each a different sister. I also like that the sisters are 8 years old like me.” —Claire, 8 years old “I like it! My favorite part [in Annie’s Adventures] is when they go to the toy store.” —Ian Richardson, age 6

The Sisters Eight Book 7: Rebecca's Rashness

release date: Jan 01, 2011
The Sisters Eight Book 7: Rebecca's Rashness
When Rebecca demonstrates superhuman strength she brings unwanted publicity to the Huit octuplets, but much greater danger is in store when she acquires the power to shoot fire from her fingertips.

How Nancy Drew Saved My Life (Mills & Boon Silhouette)

release date: Jun 13, 2014
How Nancy Drew Saved My Life (Mills & Boon Silhouette)
Broken, smashed and stomped in the mud

Petal's Problems

release date: Oct 04, 2010
Petal's Problems
One sister’s story in the series about a set of octuplets, their fantastic adventures, and the quest to solve the mystery of their parents’ disappearance . . . Oh, no. Oh, no. Oh, no. Oh, no! May is almost over and that means only one thing: Petal’s month to discover her gift and her power is about to begin. For most people, like her seven sisters, this would be a good thing. They would look forward to discovering their gift and their power. But not our dear Petal. As far as Petal is concerned, it could stay May forever. At least her sisters have some excitement in their future: The wedding of Aunt Martha and Uncle George will bring them, the Petes, and the cats to Paris, where fun—and a little bit of danger—will come as surely as the changing of the month . . . Praise for Annie’s Adventures: “Baratz-Logsted’s tales of thrills, suspense and hijinks should satisfy adventure-seeking young readers.” —Kirkus Readers

The Twin's Daughter

release date: Aug 31, 2010
The Twin's Daughter
Lucy Sexton is stunned when her mother's identical twin sister shows up at the family's front door one day. Separated at birth, the two women have had dramatically different upbringings, and Lucy's mother, Aliese, will do anything to make it up to Helen-including taking Helen into their home and turning her into a lady that all of society will admire. Aunt Helen's transformation is remarkable. But is it just Lucy's imagination, or does Helen seem to enjoy being mistaken for Lucy's mother? Then, on New Year's Day, Lucy is horrified to find her aunt and mother tied to chairs in the parlor. One of them has been brutally murdered-but which twin has died? Surely her daughter will know... Filled with shocking twists and turns, The Twin's Daughter is an engrossing gothic novel of betrayals and secrets that will keep readers guessing until the end.
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