Here Comes Trouble, my debut middle-grade novel, is out from Knopf!
"Over-the-top hilarity with quick pacing... Keenly observed details and memorable characters."
The hilarious story of a wannabe-reformed-prankster perfect for readers who loved Dead End in Norvelt and Better Nate Than Never.
Soren Skaar is a notorious prankster. After his partner-in-pranking-crime moves away, Soren's ready to leave his life of causing trouble behind. But when his hipster Brooklynite cousin comes to "study abroad" with his family in small-town Minnesota, Soren's plans for reform fall by the wayside.
Soon all Soren can see are opportunities to prank, and his shenanigans have done nothing to win over his cousin. It isn't long before he's in over his head, and Soren can't help but wonder who he'll be if he loses this part of himself. Can he give up his life as a jokester, or is the joke on him?
"YA author Hattemer’s first dip into middle-grade fiction is over-the-top hilarity with quick pacing, sure to engage Diary of a Wimpy Kid aficionados despite the absence of illustrations [...] Keenly observed details and memorable characters make this a sitcomworthy addition to the prankster pantheon." -- Kirkus Reviews
"In this humorous tale of friendship, family, and middle school, the conflict and jealousy Soren feels in his daily life become tempered by compromise and appreciation. [...]. Abundant dialogue makes this a fast, engaging read." -- Booklist
"Characters are faced with opportunities to make good choices and learn about friendship, which is nicely interwoven with the humorous undertones of the book. Give this to fans of the Wimpy Kid series who are looking for longer novels." -- School Library Journal