Union Square & Co. September Titles

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1-2-3-4, I Declare a Thumb War

In 1-2-3-4, I Declare a Thumb War, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Lisi Harrison and Daniel Kraus deliver a slightly scary, extremely addictive, contemporary middle-grade book series. Released ahead of Halloween, the spooky first instalment of the ‘Graveyard Girls’ is part mystery and part tale of friendship, centred around five young teen girls in for the fright of their lives.

Meet Whisper, Frannie, Sophie, Gemma, and Zuzu: five friends who tell eerie tales by night and navigate middle school drama by day. In Misery Falls, Oregon, it is the 100th anniversary of the electrocution of the town’s most infamous killer, Silas Hoke, and the town is abuzz.

When a mysterious text message leads the girls to the cemetery—where Silas Hoke is buried! — life can’t get any creepier. Except, yes, it can, thanks to the surprise storyteller who meets them at the cemetery, inspires the first-ever meeting of the Graveyard Girls, and sets the stage for a terrifying tale from Whisper that they’ll never forget.

Book one in a five-book series, Graveyard Girls combines the thrills of popular scary stories with inspiring female characters. This fresh, genre-blending middle-grade series is perfect for fans of the Goosebumps series. The perfect read for spooky season, 1-2-3-4, I Declare a Thumb War is packed full of frights, friendships, and a mystery you won’t soon forget.


Midas secured coverage for 1-2-3-4, I Declare a Thumb War in award-winning children’s magazine Redan, who ran a live giveaway on their website and social media platforms. We also secured positive reviews for the book in Primary Times South East London, Primary Times Avon, Primary Times East Sussex, and Primary Times Hampshire & Somerset. We set up an interview with Lisi for the Federation of Children’s Book Group (FCBG) which ran on their blog. In addition, we secured a review of the book in the blog Shropshire Mums.


Monsters Never Get Haircuts

This funny and quirky picture book celebrates children’s imagination.

The narrator of this book knows exactly what monsters are like: they never brush their hair or go to the dentist; they don’t wear glasses or play the piano or put on their shoes . . .

Monsters don’t know they are monsters. They don’t do this, and they don’t do that, and do you know why? Because monsters don’t exist!

This is the perfect read for parents and children to laugh out loud at this hilarious story together, as well as teaching children how to practice good routines.


Midas secured coverage for Monsters Never Get Haircuts with an article in Writing.ie.com and a review in the Primary Times. The book also garnered interest from the Financial Times and Sunday Times, as well as Saga Magazine.