Lauren Abbey Greenberg









Twelve-year-old Shayne has always spent summers on the Maine coast, visiting her grandmother Bea and playing with her BFF Poppy. Both Shayne and Bea are collectors of sorts: Shayne revels in golden memories of weaving friendship bracelets with Poppy, while Bea scours yard sales for trinkets to add to the growing pile in her house, jokingly named Junk Mountain.

But this summer everything has changed. Poppy would rather talk boys than bracelets, and Bea’s collecting mania has morphed into hoarding. Only Linc, the weird Civil War-obsessed kid next door, pays attention to Shayne. Turns out Linc has collected a secret of his own. What begins as the worst summer of Shayne’s life becomes the most meaningful, as she wages an all-out battle to save her friendship, rescue her grandmother, and protect the memories she loves the most.

Praise for The Battle of Junk Mountain

VERDICT: Themes of intergenerational relationships, grief, and evolving friendships elevate this above the standard summer vacation story. A solid purchase, especially where realistic coming-of-age middle grade is needed.
— School Library Journal
Told with sensitivity and insight, this summertime coming-of-age story touches on loss and true friendship.
— The Horn Book Guide
This absorbing middle-grade read gently but unflinchingly considers the common ground of growing up and growing old.
— Kirkus Reviews
Realistic descriptions detail what it’s like to live with a hoarder and the reluctance to let go of sentimental treasures. This beautiful story reminds readers that there’s much more to life than material objects.
— Booklist
Grasps the readers attention from beginning to end. Recommended.
— School Library Connection
It’s that upbeat sense in the midst of drama that makes this novel so appealing, and it doesn’t hurt that [the] characters are all so charmingly likeable. Authenticity adds to the positive side, too, as Greenberg puts her people into real situations that aren’t forced.
— Cape Cod Times
Shayne’s sharp wit combined with her can-do compassion grabs us from the get-go. Her summer of trials and unexpected friendships shines a brilliant light on the power of holding on . . . and letting go. I didn’t want this sweet, heartrending story to end!
— Jennifer Richard Jacobson, author of Small as an Elephant
The Battle Of Junk Mountain is a warm, fresh tale that will have readers smelling the salty air of the New England coast as they explore the heavy burden—and joy—of toting around the past. Anyone lucky enough to have a summer friend will instantly relate to Shayne as she navigates honoring old traditions and fostering new paths.
— Beth Vrabel, author of Caleb and Kit and the Pack of Dorks series
Equal parts humor and heart, I fell in love with Thomas Cove and its quirky cast of characters. Readers will be moved by this honest and touching story of change and learning how to let go.
— Erin Teagan, author of The Friendship Experiment
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Photograph by David Baratz


Lauren Abbey Greenberg is a graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has been published in various children's magazines and has also written and produced TV spots for Discovery Kids, educational videos for National Geographic, and a film for Mount Rushmore National Memorial. She lives in Maryland with her family and has spent summers in Maine for the past twenty years. This is her debut novel.




Upcoming Events

January 16, 2019
Skype Visit: DePaolo Middle School  
Southington, CT

February 1, 2019
Skype Visit: World Read Aloud Day
Connecting with students in Illinois, Iowa, and Maryland

February 16, 2019, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Book Signing, Games & Crafts from Read Local Challenge
Books a Million, Laurel, MD

March 1, 2019
School Visit: 4th & 5th grade, Candlewood Elementary  
Rockville, MD

March 24, 2019, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Bender JCC’s Local Author Fair 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Rockville, MD

May 4, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sussex County Children’s Book Festival  
Milton Public Library, Milton, Delaware

May 18, 2019
nErDcamp NJ: Session on Upper Middle Grade Novels in the Classroom with Laurie Morrison and Melanie Sumrow
Chatham, NJ

June 8, 2019, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival  
Talbot County Free Library, Easton, MD

August 7 , 2019
Book Signing: Orr’s Island Library Book Fair  
Orr’s Island, ME

October 16, 2019
West Jersey Reading Council Fall Conference 
Pennsauken High School, Pennsauken, NJ


THE BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN was selected as one of A Mighty Girl’s 2018 Books of the Year. Check out the entire list here.

October 2018 through May 2019
THE BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN is part of the 2018-19
MD/DE/WV SCBWI Read Local Challenge

THE BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN was featured in the Time to Read issue of The Mini Page

THE BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN Study Guide now available. 


Inside Scoop on Author Debut Groups on Cynsations

Five Family Favorites for The Children's Book Review

Author interview & feature in Bethesda Magazine

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Author interview with Naomi Milliner 

MG Author Spotlight and Book Giveaways on KidLit 411

Author interview with Deborah Kalb

Institute for Writers Winner’s Circle

Past Events

April 17, 2018
BOOK LAUNCH in the Children's and Teen's Department Politics and Prose, Washington, DC

April 22, 2018
Middle Grade Panel with Laurie Morrison and Cordelia Jensen, authors of EVERY SHINY THING
Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA

May 3, 2018
School Visit: Baltimore Montessori  
Baltimore, MD

May 3, 2018
Come celebrate Children's Book Week. Signing and Q&A along with J.H. Diehl, author of TINY INFINITIES
The Children's Bookstore, Baltimore, MD

May 7, 2018
School Visit: Hanover Middle School, Guthrie Memorial Library, Emory H. Markle Intermediate School
Hanover, PA

May 19, 2018
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Gaithersburg, MD

May 29, 2018
Author Panel and Book Signing
Barnes & Noble, Rockville, MD

May 31, 2018
School Visit: 5th grade, Ilchester Elementary  
Ellicott City, MD

June 13, 2018
School Visit: 4th and 5th grade, Bannockburn Elementary  
Bethesda, MD

July 16, 2018
Guthrie Memorial Library, Hanover, PA

August 1, 2018
Discussion and Signing, Orr's Island Book Fair
Orr's Island, ME

September 26, 2018
Skype Visit: 6th grade, Ozark Middle School  
Ozark, MO

September 30, 2018
Book signing, Baltimore Book Festival
Baltimore, MD

October 3, 2018
School Visit: 5th grade, Farmland Elementary  
Rockville, MD

October 10, 2018
Print: A Bookstore, Portland, ME

October 15, 2018
Author Panel, PA Library Association Annual Conference
Hilton Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

October 28, 2018
Books of Wonder (84th St. location) New York, NY

November 2, 2018
Book signing, National Press Club 41st Annual Book Fair and Author Night
National Press Club ballroom, Washington, DC

November 4, 2018
Author Panel and Book Signing
Barnes & Noble (Montrose Crossing), Rockville, MD

Available for upper elementary and middle school presentations and Skype visits. I share with students my writing journey and offer a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into getting a book published. Customized presentations available as well. Let's chat! 



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