Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kristen Kittscher: THE WIG IN THE WINDOW

Kristen Kittscher writes middle-grade mystery and is represented by Jennifer Laughran at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. "Lucky 13" has a double meaning for Kristen, as she grew up in 13 cities, including San Francisco, London, and Dallas. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature, Kristen worked briefly as a story editor in Germany and Hollywood before she discovered she liked teaching middle school much better. She taught seventh grade English for several years and now runs an after-school tutoring business in Pasadena, California, where she lives with her husband, Kai, and their hopelessly spoiled cat and dog. You can get to know Kristen better by following her on Twitter, visiting her website, or stopping by her group children's mystery author blog, Sleuths, Spies & Alibis.

Debut:  THE WIG IN THE WINDOW (Harper Children’s, Winter 2013)

THE WIG IN THE WINDOW is a comical middle grade mystery about two tween sleuths who suspect their school counselor is a dangerous criminal...and just might be right!

Thirteen year old neighbors Sophie Young and Grace Yang are two unlikely best friends whose game of neighborhood spying takes a dark turn late one night when they witness Luna Vista Middle School’s notoriously phony counselor wielding a cleaver in her blood-splattered kitchen. When it turns out Dr. Agford has an innocent (and very silly!) explanation for her alleged crime, the girls find themselves in a world of trouble for lying to police. Yet Agford’s increasingly bizarre behavior and a series of puzzling clues convince the two friends Dr. Agford might indeed be a wanted fugitive. The girls embark on a very real and dangerous mission to uncover the truth, never sure if they—or their friendship—will survive it.  

Favorite Superstition: (a German import) Pressing down on your thumbs for good luck and saying "toi, toi, toi" (the equivalent of 'knock on wood.')


  1. Kristen, how cool that there's a new title for you book! I saw the link for this post on twitter from someone in my blogging class #Wana1011. What a nice surprise to see your post! How are the revisions going? 2013 will be here before we know it! Keep me posted, and let us know if you need any input. Wish me luck with my attempt at NaNoWriMo!

  2. Awwwww you guys! This just might be the class I'm most invested in since I know you guys the most. LOVE YOU!!

    ::secretly cries that I'm not a part of this::


  3. Revisions are going along pretty well, Lynn - thanks! Sending lots of NaNoWriMo vibes your way.

    And Sophia -- it's early days yet! We'll welcome you with open arms.

  4. The Wig in the Window sounds like so much fun, with a cool, scary twist!

  5. 13 cities - my goodness! Your book sounds great - can't wait to check it out!

  6. Thanks, Elsie!

    Ashley: the 13 cities were quite a whirlwind. Maybe that's why I have a trouble getting a grasp on setting.

    You'll join us yet!