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Mischief in the Mushroom Patch
The Mischief Series Book 1
by Amanda M. Thrasher
Genre: Children’s Fantasy Chapter Book
Where do fairies get their magical fairy dust?
After leaving the mushroom patch without permission, two mischievous fairies find themselves in more trouble than they can handle. Boris, with a broken ankle and a bent wing, is unable to walk or fly, and Lilly must devise a plan to escort him safely back to the mushroom patch.
As with all actions, there are consequences! Lilly and Boris have broken colony rules and wasted precious fairy dust. Sentenced to work in the dust factory, the two learn a valuable lesson about the production of fairy dust, but can they survive the foreman?
Lilly knelt down in the middle of the daisy patch and carefully placed the basket beside her. She ran her hand over the daisies as she wondered which one to pick. Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted the perfect one. Gently she snapped the stalk and laid the beautiful daisy carefully in her basket. Lost in her thoughts, she was not prepared for what happened next. It started with a very unusual sound, and it sounded as if it were headed directly toward her.
Ahhhhh, Ohhhhh, Awww.
Lilly stopped gathering daisies, jumped up, and stared into the treetops. Branches were snapping like twigs, and leaves were scattering everywhere.
“What on Earth is that?” she asked herself, puzzled. “I could have sworn in the midst of all the ruckus I heard a cry.”
Ahhhhh, Awwwww, Ohhhhhh.
There it was again, only this time the sound was clear. It was a scream. Someone or something was definitely in major distress. Lilly continued to follow the sound. It was without question getting closer. She glanced around and decided it was in her best interest to hide or, at the very least, get out of the way. Just as she jumped behind a large oak tree, she heard yet another cry; this one, unlike the others, was recognizable.
“Oh no, this is going to hurt.”
The voice was closer than ever, and Lilly was scared. “Oh no!” she screamed. “It’s coming.”
She clung to the trunk of the large oak that she was hiding behind and waited for the inevitable, for the thing to land. She closed her eyes, hoping against hope that this thing wouldn’t actually land on her. One last piercing scream filled the air. Whatever this thing was, it hit the ground extremely hard.
A Fairy Match in the Mushroom Patch
The Mischief Series Book 2
Lilly, Boris and Jack are back!
The three friends are together again in this newest addition to the Mischief Series.
A natural disaster has taken the elders by surprise, and the scientists are unprepared. Damage to the colony is inevitable! Can the Master Engineers devise a plan to save the colony before they lose their home?
The fairies’ Kick-a-Berry Match has been postponed as well, and the fairies must find new ways to entertain themselves until the pitch dries up. Along the way, they make a new friend named Pearle, and though she cannot walk, she can fly with ease.
Valuable lessons about friendship, teamwork and perseverance will be learned as the fairies embark on their newest adventure.
Rosie, Ivy, and Pearle had gathered around the foot of Lilly’s bed; they were tickling her toes and whispering her name. Lilly finally sat up and glanced at Madame Louise, who was motioning toward her. Lilly knew it was time – time for their hug. Madame Louise grabbed all four little fairies, pulled them close, and gave them a little hug to start the day. She did it every morning to each and every one.
Lilly jumped out of bed and glanced at Pearle. “May I, Pearle,” she whined. “Please?”
Pearle nodded and tapped her lap. “Of course,” she giggled, “come on!”
Lilly jumped straight from the bed into little Pearle’s lap. “Could you please take me to the bathing room? I have misplaced my slippers and my toes are freezing,” Lilly said as she pointed to her tiny feet.
Pearle’s face lit up. There was nothing she loved more than giving the girls a ride on her lap. Pearle’s Chariot, the fairlings called it. Although Pearle used it daily, there was no slowing her down; she was incredibly fast in the chair that the elders had designed specifically for her. Often going too fast, especially around corners when playing her favorite game, make a fairling green! Spinning as fast as she could around and around on her back two wheels, trying to make the fairies sick. She could almost always make Boris sick and sometimes even Jack. Lilly often turned grey, though not quite green, and Ivy and Rosie, well, they were pros just like Pearle.
“To the bathing room,” Pearle said playfully.
“To the bathing room!” All the little fairies giggled as Madame Louise looked on.
Spider Web Scramble
The Mischief Series Book 3
Every third year, on the fifth full moon, the Mushroom Patch holds a magical Spider Web Scramble.
Excitement buzzes through the forest as the fairies prepare to scramble the magical webs in order to complete the course. As a special treat, the elders disclose that the stars will be coming down to join in and play. A wish will be granted for the fairies who are pure of heart and manage to beat the clock, locating the star that has their name etched on it.
With the no-fly rule in place, teamwork is the only way Pearle can complete the course. But little do they know that possible danger is in their midst. Will the magical spider web scramble be postponed? Will the stars grant Lilly, Boris, and Jack their wishes? Find out in this delightful magical adventure.
This is the third installment in The Mischief Series.
The mushroom patch, located deep in the forest, buzzed with excitement. Mademoiselle Francesca tried to gather the fairies that danced around her, but it wasn’t easy. After all, they’d been preparing for one of their favorite games for weeks: spider web jumping. Mademoiselle placed a finger on her lips and shushed the fairlings.
“A word, please,” she said softly. “That’s right, dears, gather around.” She pointed toward the ceiling. All the fairies looked up and laughed.
“Jack, please come down from the rafters. Now, if you don’t mind. We’re all waiting.”
Normally she would have scowled at him, but the excitement that rippled through the hall had touched everyone, including the elders. No place for scolding today, not even for Jack. Jack circled twice and slowly lowered himself to the ground. Nudging Boris, he pointed up toward the rafters. Boris glanced up and noticed a bright red handkerchief wrapped around the highest one. Jack’s face was beaming, knowing that Boris would have to retrieve it. Nice one, thought Boris. It would be far more difficult to retrieve the handkerchief than it had been for Jack to place it there in the first place. Jack flew perfectly, but no matter how hard Boris tried, he still struggled with flight and heights. But Boris accepted the challenge and gave Jack a thumbs-up to seal the deal. The sound of Mademoiselle’s voice reminded them to pay attention.
“I have a very special announcement,” Mademoiselle Francesca said as she walked among the fairies and gently touched the tops of their heads.
Stranger in the Mushroom Patch
The Mischief Series Book 4
Lilly, Boris, and Jack Are Back! Get Ready for a Human Attack!
Who knew a slimy moss bomb war between friends would lead to an adventure of a lifetime! From strategizing with the elders for their playful battle to, of all things, escaping the clutches of a human!
It doesn’t take long to learn the fairies shockingly have more in common with the child than they ever could have imagined. Broderick, everyone’s favorite spider, provides the goodies, and Lilly supplies the fairy songs and games.
Filled with twists and turns, adventure, and fun, find out if the fairies and the elders can help the stranger reunite with her family. Or will there be a human attack?
Lilly stared at her feet as she walked down the hallway. Deep in thought, she had no idea she was about to run into her friends. Rosie’s sharp voice, asking Lilly what on earth she was doing, was a stern reminder to look where she was going. When asked if all was well, she threw up her tiny hands, shrugged her shoulders, and had no idea how to respond. When Lilly did reply, there was a noticeable amount of nervousness in her voice. Mademoiselle Francesca had sent for her during the dining hour, and that
alone was very odd indeed.
“I’m not sure if all is well.”
“I’m sure it’s nothing,” Pearle replied, trying to put Lilly’s mind at ease. “It’s not like you’re Boris or Jack.”
Pearle had a point. Unlike Boris or Jack, Lilly rarely did anything wrong.
Frowns and Gowns
The Mischief Series Book 5
Embark on a Magical Adventure with Lilly, Boris, and Jack!
Get ready to join Lilly, Boris, and Jack on an unforgettable journey filled with excitement, laughter, and a touch of mayhem. Brace yourself for a whirlwind of mishaps as these three fairies plan a magnificent magical ball, only to encounter an unforeseen disaster!
Experience the magic of friendship with Lilly, the quick-witted and resourceful fairy, Boris, the mischievous fairy with a heart of gold, and Jack, the troublemaker with a curious, adventurous spirit on their latest adventure.
Throughout, Lilly, Boris, and Jack teach the true meaning of friendship and teamwork. Together with their friends, they’ll overcome challenges, learn valuable lessons, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this enchanting tale!
Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas, and resides there still. She’s an award-winning author of Young Adult, General Fiction, Middle Grade, Early Reader Chapter, and Picture Books. Amanda is a multiple Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA), earning the award in multiple categories, including Young Adult, General Fiction, and Early Reader Chapter Books. She is also a two-time Gold Medal winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book awards, a New Apple Literary Award winner, and a North Texas Book Festival award winner. Visit Amanda’s website at: amandamthrahser.com.
Letter to my younger self
Dear Younger Self,
I know you often worry about your writing skills and how they will develop over time. I want to assure you that with each new book you write, your skills will improve and continually develop. It’s a natural progression that will allow you to find your rhythm, method, and voice. When you first started writing, you may have felt unsure and inexperienced. The words didn’t flow as effortlessly as you hoped, and you questioned whether you had what it takes to become an author. But let me tell you, those doubts are unfounded.
Writing is an art that requires practice and patience. Just like any other skill, it takes time to hone your craft. Each book you write will be a stepping stone towards improvement. You will learn from your mistakes, experiment with different techniques, and discover what works best for you. Don’t be discouraged by the initial struggles or setbacks you may encounter. They are all part of the learning process. Embrace them as opportunities for growth and keep pushing forward. Remember, even the most accomplished writers started from humble beginnings.
As you write more books, you will gradually find your rhythm. You will develop a writing routine that suits you best, whether early mornings or late nights, in a cozy café or a quiet corner of your home. This routine will help you establish discipline and allow your creativity to flow more freely. Finding your method is another exciting aspect of your writing journey. You will experiment with various approaches, such as outlining or writing by the seat of your pants. You will discover what planning techniques work for you and what kind of structure helps you stay focused. Embrace this experimentation and trust that you will find the method that brings out your best work.
Perhaps the most rewarding part of your writing journey will be finding your voice. It’s the unique way you express yourself through your words, the distinctive tone and style that make your writing yours. This voice will evolve with time and experience, becoming stronger and more refined. It will be an authentic reflection of who you are as a writer. So, my younger self, don’t worry. Embrace the journey of writing and trust in the process. Each new book you write will be an opportunity to improve your skills, find your rhythm, develop your method, and discover your voice. Enjoy the ride, and remember that the best is yet to come.
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