. . . 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?
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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.
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!
A Red-Haired Lady, A Willow Tree & A House with A Difficult Past (Middle Grade Feature: The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow)
Time stopped as the two stared into the mirror. There stood a lady. She beckoned them from behind the glass, her green eyes flashing, fiery red hair static with electricity. Fairday felt something wrap around her ankle and tore her gaze from the reflection to look down. A glowing willow branch had ensnared her leg and was tightening its grip.
This is the latest middle-grade mystery that's been making its round in the book-blogosphere. What had exactly happened to the Begonias? The daughter had gone missing on her wedding day, and the father had died mysteriously some time later. Nobody ever found out how or why. Many years later, the Morrow family bought the haunted mansion for a Bed & Breakfast business, and while restoring parts of it, the elder daughter, Fairday, stumbled into a room that ought to be locked forever. And that's when this story begins!
Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow is less than thrilled that her family is moving thousands of miles from civilization to the quiet country town of Ashpot, Connecticut, where she’s absolutely certain she’ll die of boredom.
As if leaving Manhatten and her best friend, Lizzy, the only other member of the elite Detective Mystery Squad, weren’t bad enough, Fairday is stuck living in the infamous Begonia House, a creepy old Victorian with dark passageways, a gigantic dead willow tree, and a mysterious past.
Before she can even unpack, strange music coming from behind a padlocked door leads Fairday up a spiral staircase and into a secret room, where she finds an ancient mirror, a brass key, and a curious portrait of a red-haired lady. These seemingly unrelated items prove to be the first in a series of clues that takes Fairday, the visiting Lizzy, and their new squad member, Marcus, on an
Can the members of the Detective Mystery Squad piece together the puzzle before it’s too late? Or will whatever’s causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first?
What readers will find:
~ a lady with fiery red hair haunting through a mirror
~ a willow tree that's bent on grabbing people and whisking them to their death
~ a silver hourglass with red sand that doesn't fall when flipped
~ a stove clock stuck at 3 o'clock
~ a house with a difficult past, and strange bagpipe music coming from one of the rooms
~ and yes, did I mention that the mirror pulls people into the other side?
Ah, the other side of ... what?
My Thoughts on the Story
I had a great time making a dash towards uncovering the mysteries of the Begonia House, lifting strands in the story like lifting the red hair of the female character who'd gone missing, so I could see the face of the truth beneath. Fairday, Lizzy and Marcus make up an amusing, curious and resourceful team of young detectives. A suspenseful plot, a quaint setting, a feisty pace and engaging illustrations throughout the book ~ highly recommended for readers with an adventurous spirit!
"Fifth-grader Fairday Morrow's new home lives up to its spooky reputation, but she and her companions in the Detective Mystery Squad find out why. At Begonia House, strains of bagpipe music issue from behind a padlocked door, grains of sand in an hourglass have stopped falling, and a malevolent weeping willow looms in the backyard. A magic mirror shows an invisible door; a wardrobe hides secrets and a portal. Ruby Begonia vanished more than 50 years ago. Is there also a ghost? Fairday has a new, helpful friend in classmate Marcus, and her best friend Lizzy can visit on weekends to help solve the mystery. What more could readers want?"
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