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Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz Giveaway

Have you met the Spellmans? The Spellman family are a group of private investigators-are a funny dysfunctional family! While the books are published for adults, the series has teen appeal. In fact, the first book, The Spellman Files, won an Alex Award in 2008!

Author Lisa Lutz wants to reach out to a younger audience and ensure that her books are read by future generations, so she gave her latest book, Trail of the Spellmans, to some tween readers. Here's what happened:

I love it!! Hilarious, right? You know you want to read it now!

I want to help Ms. Lutz get her book into the hands of new readers, so I'm happy to say that thanks to Simon & Schuster (who is amazing!) I have a copy of Trail of the Spellmans to give away to one lucky winner!

About the Book: For the first time in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman, PI, might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities—with no apparent motive. Dad has a secret. Izzy’s brother and sister are at war—for no apparent reason. And her niece keeps saying “banana” even though she hates bananas.

 That’s not to say that Izzy isn’t without her own troubles. Her boyfriend, Henry Stone, keeps wanting “to talk,” a prospect Isabel evades by going out with her new drinking buddy, none other than Gertrude Stone, Henry’s mother.

Things aren’t any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations. First, Rae is hired to follow a girl, only to fake the surveillance reports. Then a math professor hires Izzy to watch his immaculate apartment while he unravels like a bad formula. And as the questions pile up, Izzy won’t stop hunting for the answers—even when they threaten to shatter both the business and the family.

About the author: In Trail of the Spellmans (Document #5), LISA LUTZ has delivered another knockout adventure in whatLibrary Journal has deemed a “side-splitting series.” This quirky and hilarious family of sleuths provides entertainment for days, and Izzy’s uncommon, unforgettable, undeniably addictive voice leads the way. In addition to writing the Spellman series, Lutz is also the coauthor of Heads You Lose, written with David Hayward. Visit Lisa at

 Want to win? Leave a comment below!
-open to ages 13+
-US mailing address only
-one entry per person
-contest ends Sunday March 4 at midnight central time


  1. I love this series--so fun. High teen appeal, too!

  2. This video is HYSTERICAL! I adored it. And I love The Spellman books. Looking forward to the latest one!

  3. Looks like a great series. Can't wait to try it out!

  4. I really like this series. It's alot like the Stephanie Plum series.

  5. Where did they find these kids? :) Comic crime is now my favorite phrase of the week! (extemter at hotmail dot com)

  6. I need to catch up on this series! Thanks so much for your offer!


  7. Have read all the Spellmans and am looking forward to this one. Had heard that the series was finished with the last book so glad that was unfounded

  8. What a riot! Those kids were great. After hearing her type of humor, I think I'd like to see how it comes across in her books. Count me in on the contest!
    Thanks for posting this!

  9. What a cute video! This author is really funny. :) I haven't heard of the series though, so I'm definitely glad for the giveaway. Thanks! :D

    Sarah L
    two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com


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