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Book 2 in the Wishes and Wellingtons Series

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Maeve Merritt is back. 

Crime and Carpetbags

Now that Maeve Merritt has surrendered Mermeros, the djinni she found in a sardine can, she expects her life in London will be dull as dirt. But villains from Maeve's previous escapades are still searching for the djinni, now in the hands of Mr. Poindexter, the adoptive father of Maeve's friend Tommy. When Mr. Poindexter and Mermeros go missing, Maeve, Tom, and their friend Alice soar off to find Mr. Poindexter and that rascal, Mermeros, before the djinni's fabled wishes fall into the wrong hands.

What critics are saying:

  • “Berry unfolds a charming and witty Victorian adventure, marked by a mysterious villain, flying carpet bags, and a daring rescue, but it’s the tight friendship among Maeve, Alice, and Tom that makes the story soar. Booklist

  •  “Fans of E. Nesbit and Edward Eager will find much to love… This action-packed sequel possesses strong voice and setting.” Kirkus Reviews



Sometimes we're all cranky, and that's okay! Cranky Right Now shows kids how to deal with those cranky days.

Cranky Right Now brings a much-needed message to kids: sometimes we're all cranky. Maybe we're tired, we're hungry, or we're just feeling grumpy. Dealing with emotions can be hard. Cranky Right Now is a fun and funny ride through the ups and downs of being cranky, helping kids process difficult feelings, frustrating relationships, and things that just make them mad.

Award-winning author Julie Berry talks about reasons kids can feel cranky and how to recognize those feelings and acknowledge them. She then gives simple practices for moving through crankiness. She shows that it's okay to be in a bad mood sometimes--just not to take it out on others--and that cranky days will eventually give way to happy ones.

A companion volume to Happy Right Now, with Holly Hatam's bright and playful illustrations, Cranky Right Now helps you embrace, understand, and move through cranky in a whole new way.

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An excellent picture book on emotional intelligence that is perfect for one-on-one sharing. School Library Journal


[A] feel-good story with an important message for everyone who might be waiting for the rain to clear. Foreword Reviews

For adventurous readers: 

Wishes and Wellingtons

When Maeve Merritt, a Victorian boarding school girl, finds an ill-tempered djinni in a sardine can, the world's not big enough to hide all the rascals determined to steal him away from her. A magical, madcap adventure with a feisty heroine you won't soon forget. Coming soon to a bookstore near you.  

What critics are saying:

  • “Berry’s globe-spanning romp balances tongue-in-cheek humor with a heartfelt focus on found family and friendship... a message of female empowerment.” – Publishers Weekly

  •  “An engaging tapestry that becomes more complex and compelling with every page turn… A nostalgic Dickens and Nesbit mashup.” – Kirkus Reviews

  • “Berry mixes classic storytelling with modern feminism, as Maeve forges genuine friendships, outsmarts a powerful foe, and matures without losing her edge.” – Booklist

  • “A fantastical romp through Victorian England.” – School Library Journal

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Let them start their dreadful wars, let destruction rain down, and let plague sweep through, but I will still be here, doing my work, holding humankind together with love like this. 

Aphrodite, in Lovely War

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An unforgettable romance so Olympian in scope, human at its core, and lyrical in its prose that it must be divinely inspired. Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


Berry’s evocative novel ... suggests that while war and its devastation cycles through history, the forces of art and love remain steady, eternal, and life-sustaining. Publishers' Weekly, Starred Review


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