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Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader

Coming from Clear Fork/Spork Publishing on August 11, 2020! Preorder here:

Mac and Cheese are the class guinea pigs, and Oliver is their biggest fan. He loves taking care of them and learning about them. Oliver is a very scientific kid and carries around a notebook to write observations and sketch things he notices. He’s struggling to make friends, though, so he watches Mac and Cheese because they’re the best friends he knows. He sees them snuggling and cuddling with each other and assumes that to be a good friend, he’ll need to get cuddly with his classmates. With the help of his classmates, teacher, and a hula hoop, Oliver learns about personal space.

Reviews and Endorsements

“At a time when parents and teachers struggle to teach kids about how close is too close—what is appropriate personal space—here comes Mac and Cheese to gently show the way. Jolene Gutiérrez’s text and Heather Bell’s illustrations provide a light-hearted story that demonstrates how kids live, think, and act.”
Avi, winner of the Newbery Medal and author of over 75 books

“Adorably illustrated and gently written, Mac and Cheese is a delight.”
Elana K. Arnold, award-winning author of A Boy Called Bat and What Riley Wore

Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader is a cute and fun book helping to explain the character’s struggle with understanding human proxemics. Not able to naturally interpret the non-verbal cues of his classmates, his caring teacher and his love for the class animals help him logically understand this slice of human social processing.”
Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div., author of Wired and Connected: Brain-Based Solutions To Ensure Your Child’s Social and Emotional Success.

Bionic Beasts: Saving Animal Lives with Artificial Flippers, Legs, and Beaks

My nonfiction middle grade book is scheduled for release on September 1, 2020 with Lerner/Millbrook Press. I'll add updates about Bionic Beasts: Saving Animal Lives with Artificial Flippers, Legs, and Beaks as cover art and preorder links become available. My editor and I have worked very hard to tell the stories of animals who have been helped by technology and the people who helped them. I'm so excited to share their stories with you!


When Ana takes off flying across the high school stage, her life is forever changed. Searching for answers, Ana meets Gabrielle, her mentor. Gabrielle teaches Ana that she’s an angel and is here on Earth to help prepare for a war between good and evil. The only problem? Ana can’t always tell who’s good and who’s evil. While she’s learning, Ana meets the man of her dreams, Dylan. He’s gorgeous, sexy, and really seems to care about Ana. Even though he’s a demon, Ana’s heart tells her to trust him. Then Ana’s world is shattered and she finds herself alone and afraid. As the boundaries between good and evil blur, Ana realizes she no longer knows who she can trust and who might be out to kill her.

If you're interested in ordering a copy of Devil.May.Care, you can purchase the print or Kindle version here.

Barnes & Noble has the print version available here.

Reviews and Endorsements

“If you liked Twilight. . ., you'll love this book!" Sarah L. Keeter from Amazon 

"From the moment I met Ana, clinging to the curtain of the school's stage 20 feet up in the air, I was hooked." Michelle Hermann from Amazon

"Gutierrez has written a well-thought-out story that had no problems keeping my interest." Annette from Annette's Book Spot

"It had all the qualities I love in a book. It was fresh, exciting, it made me cry, it made me laugh and as I like to say it had enough juice to keep me going. I love the witty characters. There was NEVER a dull moment." Ciecie from GoodReads