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Stagg High School is having their Spring Craft Fair. Admission is only $3 entrance fee. Hope to see you there.

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Stagg High School Craft Fair

Stagg High School 8015 W 111th Street, Palos Hills, United States

Stagg High School is having their Spring Craft Fair. Admission is only $3 entrance fee. Hope to see you there.

$3.00

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Ms. Hawks has always been interested in writing in some form or other, including writing for a local newspaper. Deciding to become more knowledgeable, she headed back to school and received her Master’s Degree in Ancient Civilizations, Native American History and United States History.

It was at this time she got involved in role playing on FaceBook, which gave her ample opportunities to grow and hone her writing ability.

She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her four companions, all males… cats. She travels as much as she can to various Author/Reader conventions and loves to meet established fans and make new ones, some of which she considers friends more than fans.

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What Readers Says About The Books

MrsGuk14
MrsGuk14
2023-10-25
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1): Fun writing, fast pace YA read Mia is learning to be a sous chef under her father in her family owned restaurant and is anxiously awaiting her 15th birthday in small town Illinois. As she helps her family get things rolling, she sees a stray cat she begins feeding and considers him to be her little friend. Mia is given an opportunity to plan a full menu for opening week and really outdoes herself, including a mushroom soup that ends up making people sick!By the time her 15th birthday rolls around, her teacher is calling her parents at home to speak to them about her, her dad ends up getting arrested when some of the patrons of Forbidden Fruit pass away, and her new cat friend starts TALKING to her. What next?Mia learns she met a magical age when she turned 15 and is now involved in the world of the paranormal - witches and covens, spells, mysteries and her familiar - the cat outsider her family restaurant - Gumshoe. Gumshoe was a detective in the 1940's and has been sent to Mia for them to solve the mystery about what happened to Gumshoe, what happened at Forbidden Fruit, and help her as she saves her family from being ruined over her mushroom soup.This was a fun, quick read that kept me invested from the first page! I loved the writing style, how Mia and Gumshoe work together and grow together, the fact that a cat has his human traits seems more familiar than I would have expected. Will Mia and Gumshoe be able to connect the dots to keep themselves safe and save her father, or will more lives be lost?
Jennifer
Jennifer
2023-10-24
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1): Mysteries & Witches If you love mysteries and witch stories, this book is for you! Mia has been learning and preparing to be a cook under her father’s wing. Then comes her 15th birthday and everything changes for her. When unfortunate circumstances happen, a mysterious cat, Gumshoe is by her side and ends up talking to her. Mia and Gumshoe team up to solve the mystery behind all these unfortunate circumstances that her family faces. They are such a great team and are such enjoyable characters.
Tonya Merritt
Tonya Merritt
2023-10-21
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1): A great youth to adult read I’ve never read Laura Hawks before. I am glad this was my first story by her. It definitely opened my eyes to her writing style. Gumshoe and The Mysterious Mushroom is the first in this mystery thriller series. A fun youth adult novel with paranormal ties. I can't wait to read the second in the series.
Faithfulgirl
Faithfulgirl
2023-10-17
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1): Young Adult read This was an enjoyable, and sometimes even funny, read. Mia has just turned 15 years old. She's a sous chef at her parents' restaurant. Once a week, she gets to plan the entire menu and this is the opening week. She come up with an extravagant menu, including a mushroom soup. Within a few hours, people are calling the restaurant to say they are sick. The calls get worse with more time passing.A fun, entertaining, young adult read!!
Steph
Steph
2023-10-17
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1): great book "Mia Thomas just turned 15. On her special day, her teacher needs to speak with her parents, her father gets arrested and a stray cat starts talking to her. So much for a Happy Birthday! With the help from her new familiar, Gumshoe, Mia sets out to clear her family's name and save them from financial ruin. Will her snooping cause her own death or will her coffee-drinking, wise-cracking, booze-desiring familiar come to her rescue?"This is the 1st in the series, great characters, great storyline, quick read. Ya book, if like talking cats this is the book for you. The second is just as good. I give this book 4 stars.
Jenny Zimmerman
Jenny Zimmerman
2023-10-14
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1): Loved this book This was a phenomenal read!!The characters were absolutely incredible!! I loved reading and getting to Gumshoe and Mia. They make a great team!!The storyline was magnificent!! It's very well written and captured my attention from the first page!! What an amazing adventure and I can't wait to read more. Highly recommended.
~~Lorralei~~
~~Lorralei~~
2023-10-10
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1): Wonderful Story! 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Wonderful YA cozy mystery that I enjoyed so much! This is my first book I have read by this author and I really loved this story. I love the mix of magic, mystery, murder, witches, secrets and intrigue. Already to dive into book 2....I am so glad I read this story....what a treat.Mia is a typical 15 year old..or so she thinks. She finds out by her mother and a few of her mother's friends, that she is a witch. This surprises Mia in so many ways and was eager to learn more what this really means but also finds a friend in a cat she has been feeding at her family's restaurant. When Mia finds out that her feline friend is special, Mia and Gumshoe create this bond. Gumshoe has a story but trying to piece it all together on where he came from, Gumshoe and Mia work together to piece together his past life. While Mia helps at her family's new restaurant, Forbidden Fruit, she eagerly waits on opening night to help out her father in the kitchen to help with a successful first night....but something horrible happens as patrons become sick at the end of the evening and even creates chaos as some patrons pass away. With her family name at stake and their new restaurant, Mia tries to find out whom may be responsible for these deaths that were caused by a very poisonous mushroom. Will Mia and Gumshoe be able to solve this mystery before more lives are lost? Will Gumshoe find out what happened with his past life?Definitely read and find out! This is a great story..
chrissey
chrissey
2023-10-04
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1): Fantastic YA mystery Gumshoe and the mysterious mushroomsBy: Laura Hawks This is a fantastic start to a new teen mystery series. It features Mia who is an absolutely amazingly well written character. She is intelligent and gifted. Gumshoe is not exactly who you would expect - he is a cat - who has an incredibly complicated past and a really fun sense of humor. These two have fantastic dialogue that drives the plot. Even though this is a teen book I found myself deeply enjoying the story. It is a great mystery that keeps you guessing but with characters that keep you laughing. It is truly a fun read that I will be recommending to everyone I know. I definitely cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
Jennifer Crain
Jennifer Crain
2023-09-26
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1): Great mystery Although targeted to an older audience, to me, Gumshoe and the Mysterious Mushrooms is a perfect middle grade book, and explores how Mia gets to know her familiar, the cat Gumshoe, as she solves the mystery and saves her family's restaurant.The writing style is refreshing, and with the onset of kid cooking shows, I think this book would be a great hit with youngsters (as well as myself!). I can't wait to read the second book in the series and find out what other mysteries this sleuthing pair can solve.
Karen Martin
Karen Martin
2019-07-22
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1): This is not just a YA series nor is it just a young witch’s tale. It is storytelling at its best. What a marvelous beginning to a new series! Laura Hawks is one of my favorite authors and this new series is another reason to love her work. While a 15 year old discovering she is a witch could have morphed into another trite witch tale, Gumshoe offers an adventure through small town life with a functional family (and an amazing but memory impaired Siamese familiar) while exploring the concerns of 21st century teens and sharing insights into human nature.

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