. . . birthday!
Happy 1st book birthday to THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW! It's been a year since the mystery of the Begonia House was revealed to the world, and now the paperback will be available January 3rd, 2017. The new cover stays true to Fairday's snazzy style, sprinkling in a few added charms. Can you find the differences from hardcover? ;)
Here's a bit about the story...
The Begonia House keeps its secrets. Everyone knows that. Everyone, that is, except for clever eleven-year old Fairday Morrow, whose family has just moved in. Being the Senior Investigator in the Detective Mystery Squad, more commonly known as the DMS, she’s ready to uncover the mysteries hidden within the strange manor. As the investigation gears up and the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, the three young sleuths enter into a world where anything is possible, and the danger is most definitely real. Can they piece together the puzzle before it's too late? Or will whatever's causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first?
Planning to pick up the paperback? Pre-order a copy and you could win a $50 VISA card to treat yourself after the holidays. Contest is open to all! For more details on how to enter, click here.
For more information about the book, visit the DMS at fairdaysfiles.com
The authors, Jess and Stephanie, are two of my dearest writer/blogger friends, and I can't wait for you to get their paperback for the mystery-loving, adventurous, and imaginative middle-graders in your life.
First, I'm sorry for not being more active in the blogosphere. Have been working on different children's projects (stars are thanked every day) and didn't want to pop up a post for you guys that's rushed through.
So now that I'm more ready, I'd like to introduce you to Jeremiah Lopper, superstar protagonist of the latest Joan Bauer novel. (*Joan Bauer is the author of Almost Home, Tell Me, and more.)
Jeremiah is the world's biggest baseball fan.
His specific age is unknown, probably twelve. He doesn't know when his birthday is, or who his parents are. When he was a baby, he was left at a computer company, in the snack room, right by the coffeepot.
The guy who found him, Walt Lopper, is a computer geek. He took Jeremiah in.
So here we have a boy who knows he was "left" by his real mom, lives with a geek, and oh yea, has a weak heart. He's even had a heart transplant.
How do you think he's turned out?
Quiet? Unsure of himself? Don't know how he's going to face the world with a heart that isn't his?
Need a solid mystery/adventure to read over the weekend?
Check out this fabulous MG novel about a mudlark (one who scavenges in river mud for valuable items like small pieces of tin or copper) helping to stop The Blue Death on Broad Street in 1854.
What we now call the Great Trouble began one thick, hot, foul-smelling morning in August. 'Course, I didn't know it then. No one did.
Why were you supposed to be dead?
(Did I get those questions in your head right? Lol.)
Cholera had reached Broad Street that day. Eel, an orphan, had to lie low because someone very nasty was after him. He tried his best to be as invisible as possible but it wasn't likely.
One by one, his friends on that street had fallen to the great trouble. People he knew were dying.
Who got infected? And who didn't? Why not? Where was the source of the 'poison?' And how could they put a stop to it?
Eel had one slim chance to find out the source of the poison. Risk it?
I am very impressed with this story. It's like a Dickensian tale without the Dickensian descriptions and over-sentimentality. Great, convincing characters. So much troubles for Eel, our orphan protagonist, and the folks living near River Thames. Yet what captivates me the most is the writing. It sends me straight to London in the 1850s, and it manages to pull off a mixture of mystery and adventure without distracting from Eel's very human, very real fears and insecurities.
I apologise for the short post. It's been a week of flu, raw throat and yuckity yuck. Despite that, I'm feeling quite good, especially since I just finished another client's story (just plotting, not the actual writing). Have been having a great time working on my projects these days. Grateful, always.
Hope you guys pick up Eel's story. Have an excellent weekend ahead!
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