It’s a Mystery, Pig Face!

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Meet the MG Author: Wendy McLeod Macknight

Today, we’re pleased to be joined by Wendy McLeod MacKnight, debut author of It’s a Mystery, Pig Face!, a middle-grade novel in which an 11-year-old girl finds a bag of money in a baseball dugout and enlists the help of her best friend and annoying little brother to discover who lost – or maybe, stole – it, in a town brimming with suspects. Tune in as Wendy talks about her debut, her writing process, next book, and more!

Here’s more information about Wendy

Wendy McLeod MacKnight 9565Wendy McLeod MacKnight grew up in a magical small town with a library card as her prized possession. Over the course of her professional life, she’s been responsible for early childhood and child welfare programming, and ended her public service career as head of the Government of New Brunswick’s Department of Education. One day she woke up and decided it was time to pursue her life-long dream of writing books for children. It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! is her debut novel and any resemblance to the author, her brother, or her friends is purely intentional. Wendy lives in New Brunswick, Canada with her family, her garden, and a ne’er-do-well groundhog. She reads too much and may be overly fond of chocolate, the BeeGees and belly laughs.

More about It’s a Mystery, Pig Face!

Eleven-year-old Tracy Munroe and her family have just gotten back from their family vacation why did no one realize that her little brother, Lester, a.k.a. Pig Face, was allergic to sand, salt air, and the ocean before they decided to go to the beach? and now she has three big goals to accomplish before she goes back to school:

Figure out a fantastic end of summer adventure with her best friend, Ralph, budding Michelin-star chef. (And no, Ralph, perfecting a souffle does not count.)Make sure Pig Face does not tag along. Get the gorgeous new boy next door, Zach, to know she even exists.

But when Tracy and Ralph discover an envelope stuffed with money in the dugout at baseball field (and Lester forces them to let him help), they have a mystery on their hands. Did someone lose the cash? Or, did someone steal it? St. Stephens has always seemed like a quiet place to live, but soon the town is brimming with suspects. Now they’re on a hunt to discover the truth, before the trio is accused of the crime themselves.

McLeod McKnight’s debut middle grade novel is a funny, charming window into small-town life, with a focus on the importance of friendship and family and the struggle to figure out where you fit in, perfect for fans of Polly Horvath and Sarah Weeks.

In this episode:

  • Wendy discusses It’s a Mystery, Pig Face!, describes the main characters Tracy, her little brother Lester & Sibling rivalry between them
  • She also talks about her inspirationher upcoming books and much more

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