Book Of The Day – Hot Ticket

by Greg on February 28, 2012

Today’s Book Of The Day is a highly rated Middle Grade Mystery. Hot Ticket (Middle Grade Mystery) by Tracy Marchini has an impressive 4.1 star rating and is only $2.99! If you have a young reader at home or if you enjoy a good mystery yourself, make sure to check this one out!

“I really enjoyed reading this middle grade novel. I think Tracy Marchini has done a great job of capturing the feelings of 6th grade and portraying them in a humorous, fun way that kids will enjoy reading. It’s a book I would feel completely comfortable handing over to my kids. Hot Ticket is the first book in a trilogy and I look forward to seeing the rest of the story.” Aimee B. – Amazon Reviewer

Hot Ticket (Middle Grade Mystery)
by Tracy Marchini
Rating: 4.1 Stars
Category: Middle Grade Mystery
Price: $2.99


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“Hot tickets could be awarded for doing something cool, saying something funny, or sometimes even just wearing something the ticket dispenser liked. All authentic hot tickets were two inch by six inch rectangles made from this orange cardboard material, with “HOT TICKET” written in big bold letters at the top. Hot tickets first started becoming popular about a month after school started. Then there was this rash of copycat tickets on regular paper, but people just tossed those in the trash. Everybody could figure out it was one of their friends that made it anyway. But an authentic ticket – that was something you kept.

Some people had their lockers decorated in hot and shame tickets. Some people kept their hot tickets at home to prevent theft.

If I got a hot ticket, I would definitely keep it taped on the inside door of my locker. Right now my locker only had a locker mirror, a picture of Lucy and I from my birthday party at Six Flags and these annoying cat stickers from the person who had my locker before me.

Fifth grade did not prepare me for this at all.”

Juliet Robinson is the only sixth grader in John Jay Jr. High who hasn’t received a “hot ticket” from the mysterious ticket dispenser. When one of the dorkiest kids in school – Crammit Gibson – receives a ticket before she does, Juliet decides that the ticketing system has to stop. With the help of her best friend Lucy, a Daria-esque Madeline and her almost-crush Crammit, Juliet is determined to climb a few rungs on the middle school social ladder and catch the ticket dispenser once and for all!

HOT TICKET is the first book in the Hot Ticket Trilogy.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

This book reminds me how hard it is to be in school and the desire by everyone to be liked. Juliet reminds me of a middle grade Junie B. Jones. I love Junie B and I couldn’t help but love Juliet. A kid who has a sense of humor, lots of sarcasm, keeps on going, all with the best intentions of course. Those are the makings of a great middle grade book, in my opinion.


This is a great middle grade book that will appeal to not just kids. It is both hilarious and heart-warming.


Hot Ticket is a very suitable book for middle grade readers. I as an adult enjoyed the writing style, the humor, well written dialogues. Looking forward finding out how the story will continue.


Although this book may seem to be written for junior high students, I believe it can be enjoyed by older teens and adults as well. I found Juliet’s accient-prone character amusing and the book quite entertaining as a whole. A good read!

Get Hot Ticket here: Hot Ticket (Middle Grade Mystery)

About The Author

Tracy Marchini is a freelance writer and editorial consultant. Before launching her own editorial service, she worked at a literary agency, as a children’s book reviewer, a newspaper correspondent and a freelance copywriter. She may also be known as the worst kickball player to ever grace her schoolyard.


Tracy Marchini is a freelance writer and editorial consultant. Before launching her own editorial service, she worked for Curtis Brown, Ltd. for four years. In this role, she developed and sold an original book concept for the Ogden Nash Estate (Line-Up For Yesterday), negotiated and sold audio rights, pitched merchandising ideas, gave editorial feedback on client and prospective manuscripts, and provided author care.

Before joining Curtis Brown, Tracy worked as a correspondent for the Taconic Press and as a children’s book reviewer for BookPage. She has also worked as a freelance copywriter for Scholastic, a non-fiction book proposal writer and a press release writer. She graduated from Binghamton University in 2004 with a BA in English, concentration in Rhetoric.

Tracy has served as a mentor for the 2008 and 2009 Rutgers One-on-One Plus Children’s Literature Conference, and has critiqued query letters and/or manuscripts for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Poughkeepsie Conference from 2007 to 2009. She will also present as an independent scholar at the 2011 Children’s Literature Association conference.

Tracy has been accepted for publication in Highlights Magazine and the forthcoming anthology Bad Austen: The Worst Stories Jane Never Wrote (Adams Media, Nov. 2011). She is the recipient of a partial grant for an October, 2010 Highlights Founder’s Workshop, a barter at the La Muse writer’s retreat in Southern France for July/August 2010, and a 2006 Puffin Grant to write a non-fiction picture book on Queen Lili’uokalani.

If you are interested in having Tracy speak at your writer’s conference, or you would like a critique of your manuscript, please email her at myverbocity @ gmail . com.

More information about her and her critique services can be found at

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Tracy Marchini and ENT appreciate it.

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