Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

Jo Watson Hackl (Author)

Product Details

$7.99  $7.35
Yearling Books
Publish Date
July 30, 2019
5.1 X 7.6 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Jo Watson Hackl was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, not far from Ocean Springs, where her favorite artist, Walter Anderson, lived and once painted a secret room. When Jo was eleven, she moved to a real-life ghost town, Electric Mills, Mississippi. Mr. Anderson's secret room and the ghost town were Jo's inspiration for this debut novel. She lives with her family in Greenville, South Carolina. You can find her online at


"This piercing, often humorous adventure demonstrates how facing the truth can bring freedom and hope."--Publishers Weekly

"The plot, full of adventure, treasure hunts, and mystery, will keep young readers hooked."--School Library Journal

"Colorfully narrated by Cricket, who comes across as idiosyncratic, intrepid, and wholly likable. An engaging first novel with a distinctive Southern setting."--Booklist

"A tale of adventure, full of mystery and suspense."--Robert Beatty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Serafina and the Black Cloak

"A heartwarming coming-of-age story."--Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky

"A masterful debut. Cricket is my new hero, brave and funny and full of heart. I couldn't put it down."--Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory Be

"A brilliant, utterly absorbing debut. I couldn't get enough of Cricket's adventures. Totally unputdownable."--Carrie Ryan, New York Times Bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth