Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Introducing Me & Mom vs. the World by Jo Whittemore

Today is the book birthday for a middle grade author whose career I deeply admire. Jo Whittemore is a novelist and writing coach who has been publishing steadily since 2006. She has middle grade books with Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. Her latest is a re-release of a book I reviewed in 2015 called Colonial Madness. Scroll down to read all about it and buy your copy!


Formerly titled Colonial Madness, a mother-daughter duo take part in a bizarre family challenge in hopes of winning a fortune in this “light, fun read” (Booklist) that’s Gilmore Girls meets The Westing Game!

Tori Porter is best friends with her mom, and most of the time it’s awesome. Not many girls have a mom who’d take them to a graveyard for hide-and-seek or fill the bathtub with ice cream for the world’s biggest sundae. But as much as Tori loves having fun, she sometimes wishes her mom would act a little more her age. Like now.

Thanks to her mom’s poor financial planning, they are in danger of losing their business and their home. But an unusual opportunity arises in the form of a bizarre contest run by an eccentric relative: Whoever can survive two weeks in the Archibald Family’s colonial manor will inherit the property. The catch? Contestants have to live as in colonial times: no modern conveniences, no outside help, and daily tests of their abilities to survive challenges of the time period.

Tori thinks it’s the perfect answer to their debt problems, but she and her mom aren’t the only ones interested. The other family members seem to be much more prepared for the two weeks on the manor—and it doesn’t help that Mom doesn’t seem to be taking the contest seriously. Do they stand a chance?

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Jo Whittemore is the author of the tween humor novels, Front Page Face-Off, Odd Girl In, D is for Drama, Colonial Madness and the Confidentially Yours series. She also penned The Silverskin Legacy fantasy trilogy. Jo is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and is one of the founding members of The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels. When she isn't writing, Jo spends her time with family and friends in Austin, dreaming of the day she can afford a chocolate house.



  1. Sounds like a fun read for teens. Yeah, one thing to have a fun mom, but it's another to have one that can't do adult right.

  2. You are so sweet to mention this! Thank you!!!

    1. You're welcome! Hope you have a great book rebirth-day!

  3. How utterly adorable! This sounds like something my daughter would love to read, but she's 22 now. Chelsey and I are always talking about how close we are to real friendship because we shop together, eat together, and discuss heartaches together. This is a true test of the mother daughter bond and sounds like a fun read.

    Congrats to you, Jo!

  4. This sounds like a great read and a fun way to introduce a bit of history to kids! :)

  5. Congrats to Jo on the re-release. Love the cover. Sounds like a fun read.

  6. Congrats, Jo! Sounds like fun.

  7. Sounds exciting. What will Tori do?
    Congrats to Jo.