Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer (book 1)

When twelve year-old misfit Midnight Reynolds takes a job helping out eccentric Miss Appleby in the mansion down the street, she never imagined her work would involve battling ghosts. But as it turns out, Midnight and her new employer have quite a bit in common—they were both born on Halloween and have the power to see spirits of the dead. But when Midnight learns more about the history of her town, she starts to wonder if she’s fighting on the right side.



“Old-fashioned spooky fun.” Kirkus 

“This chapter book may not have a strong sense of place, but it offers a fast-paced ride with a few surprises. Just when readers are lulled into thinking that they understand what’s happening, they may be blindsided by a plot twist or two that they just didn’t see coming. The first book of a planned series by Holt, who also writes YA fiction under the name Amanda Ashby.” Booklist

“Midnight is a likable character, filled with anxiety, determination, and initiative. Her internal struggle between wanting to be popular and remaining true to herself is well developed and adds depth to the gently suspenseful ghost-busting plot. Midnight eventually realizes that she has people in her life she can truly count on, and the ending promises future adventures. VERDICT A great choice for young readers who clamor for slightly scary books.” School Library Journal


Midnight Reynolds and the Agency of Spectral Protection (book 2)

Twelve-year-old Midnight Reynolds has a huge secret—she’s a spectral protector, someone who helps ghosts cross over into the afterlife. Alongside her best friend Tabitha, Midnight is busy juggling the wilds of middle school with her undercover ghost-hunting job. When mysterious and dangerous robberies start happening in their small town, all signs point to some sort of spectral manipulation, and Midnight’s boss asks her to take over the investigation. Can Midnight find the culprit and stop them before the spectral energy endangers their town?
This series has twists and turns galore for budding mystery lovers, all seen through the lens of a lovable and smart heroine. And the positive female friendships and hysterical writing will keep series fans coming back for more

“Holt keeps 12-year-old Midnight believable… even as she spins an outsized adventure around her. Another winner.” Kirkus Reviews

“Midnight’s combination of courage and vulnerability is disarming… This well-paced chapter book is smart, imaginative, and never less than wholly entertaining.” Booklist

Midnight Reynolds and the Phantom Circus (book 3)

Twelve-year-old Midnight Reynolds is a middle-school student who works undercover for the Agency of Spectral Protection, helping ghosts cross over into the afterlife and saving her town from mishaps involving spectral energy. Now school’s out for the summer, and Midnight and her best friend Tabitha just want to have fun. But their plans are interrupted when a mysterious traveling circus and a ghostly ringmaster come to town. As people start getting hurt, Midnight finds herself in the middle of her most deadly mission yet. Someone’s stealing spectral energy from the living! Can they be stopped before it’s too late?




Sophie's Mixed-Up Magic Bk1-197x300Wishful Thinking (book 1)

After Sophie accidentally gets herself turned into a djinn, she starts to think that it might not be so bad after all. (Of course, that’s after she gets the whole orange skin problem sorted out.) Who wouldn’t enjoy having the power to grant wishes! But when Sophie develops RWD (Random Wish Disorder) and can’t STOP granting wishes, things get more than a little mixed-up!



“A must read for those looking for a good middle grade tale. It was fun and just a really great storyline. I cannot wait to pick up book 2 and see what is next for Sophie and her gangErica, Goodreads Reviewer


Sophie's Mixed-Up Magic Bk2-197x300Under a Spell (book 2)

As Sophie gets used to her magic, her relationship with the adorable Jonathan Tait is blossoming. There’s only one problem: Jonathan’s twin sister, Melissa. She’s a total mean girl who seems intent on making Sophie’s life miserable. On top of that, Melissa somehow seems to sense that Sophie has powers–and manages to bind Sophie to her in a totally self-serving way. Can Sophie figure out a way out of this–without ruining her chances with Jonathan?


“This book was just darn adorable and the trouble Sophie finds herself in is hilarious.” Stefanie, Goodreads Reviewer

Sophie's Mixed-Up Magic Bk3-197x300Out of Sight (book 3)

With her powers under control and things with Jonathan on track, Sophie can now focus on learning the whole truth about her dad (not to mention trying to figure out how she can save him and bring him back to their family). Fortunately, she’s got Malik, her djinn-guide, to help her as she navigates carpet-flying, learns how to make herself invisible, and braces herself for what promises to be a very exciting adventure. But if it brings her dad back, it will all be worth it!


“This was an awesome book in an awesome series: full of magic and humor, there’s nothing to complain about – really hope that one is not the last of them, but since I am a positive thinker, I know the Universe will help me out on this!! Thank you, Amanda Ashby!” Erica, Amazon