The Tales of a Travel Girl series follows 10-year-old Maylie Montes on an inspirational trip across Europe filled with the shenanigans of her zany family and the mishaps of her overactive imagination.

For age 8-12 (grades 3-5) and fans of the Middle School series by James Patterson, The Tapper Twins series by Geoff Rodkey, and the Melanie Martin series by Carol Weston.


Book ONE: Maylie and the Maze (England)

Book TWO: Maylie’s Luck of the Irish (Ireland)

Book THREE: Maylie of the Highlands (Scotland)

Book FOUR: Info Coming Soon!


Praise for the Tales of a Travel Girl series

“A wonderful story about friendship, travel, and adventure. M.L. Tarpley captured perfectly the joys and fears of being a young writer. I highly recommend the Tales of a Travel Girl series to readers who enjoy being swept away in wonder through the pages of a good book.” – Melanie Dobson, author of The Magic Portal series
“A delightful adventure about the power of travel to expand our view of the world and ourselves.” – Jill Ross Nadler, author of SUCH A LIBRARY!


Check out the Tales of a Travel Girl Coloring & Activity Book series for all ages!

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Released October 2020


Can a 10-year-old aspiring author overcome her overactive imagination and the most annoying twin brother ever to follow her dreams?

Released April 2021


Will fear and unhappiness sink Maylie’s trip to Ireland and end her next story before it even begins?

Released October 2021


Will Maylie survive haggis, the Highland Games, and a crush in Scotland?

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About the Illustrator



Artist Monica Bruenjes specializes in creating original animation and illustration. She holds a MFA in Animation from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Prior, she lived in Japan for a year while completing a double-major for a BA in Art and a BA in Japanese. Originally from California, she now lives in Wisconsin to be near her family, bears, deer, and the occasional porcupine. For more information, check out her website at


Check out M.L.’s short stories and other writing on the JOURNAL page.