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Fear not the unexpected.
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 begin to fall into place, the DMS enters into a world where anything is possible, and the danger is most definitely real. Follow along with Fairday and her friends, as “spooky” meets “lovely” in this twisting tale of dark secrets and hidden pasts.
Reviews for The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow
Jenny Nimmo, Author of Midnight for Charlie Bone
I loved the opening chapters of The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow, and was immediately captivated by the characters. The writing is great and very accessible. I'm sure children and young adults will love it.
Gina Shaw, Editorial Director, Original Book Publishing for Scholastic Book Clubs
I absolutely love this book! The writing is terrific; the pacing is perfect; the characters are well-conceived and fleshed out; and all I want to do is keep reading!
Detra Fitch, HUNTRESS REVIEWS
4 STARS! If you are looking for a normal, mundane, every day type of who-dunnit, then you are in the wrong place. Authors Haight and Robinson have shrewdly written a mystery guaranteed to entice its young readers. The character of Fairday is friendly, curious, eager to learn, and audacious. The way she thinks and reacts to the people and events around her make Fairday a terrific role model for today's kids. Littered throughout the book are several illustrations to help readers envision Fairday's surroundings more easily. Each chapter has a title, hinting at things to come. As the reader, I found my attention hooked immediately. I am always impressed by a story that grabs me quickly. The plot moves along at a good pace. Clues and spooky events slowly build up suspense. Eventually the paranormal enters the story, making it even more irresistible. Move over Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys! The Detective Mystery Squad is stepping into the spotlight. Fantastic!
Susan Milby, Loves 2 Read, Book Blog Reviewer
I fell in love with the characters in this book from page one. Fairday and her family are unique, entertaining, and completely believable. I enjoyed getting to know Fairday, her family, Lizzy and the kids in Fairday's new school. The mystery and suspense is perfect for young readers (and even older ones like me). The writing flows and I never had to re-read or pause to figure out what was going on. I love that the story is easy to read and understand and yet written in such a way that kids ages 10 through teen will enjoy the story, the characters and the adventure. I am anxious to see what happens next! The story ends perfectly with a mystery solved, yet with more adventure and mystery yet to come! Excellent job! A definite 4.5 stars from this book lover!
Mary Reilly, A Book A Day, Book Blog Reviewer
Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow has low expectations when her parents decide to move from Manhattan to Ashpot, Connecticut--all because her mom feels that renovating a nasty old house will boost her design career. For a budding detective, however, the old Begonia House proves to be a gold mine. Fairday immediately finds herself immersed in the old mysteries of the home. With her sidekick, best friend, and fellow DMS (Detective Mystery Squad) member, Lizzy, plus new recruit Marcus, Fairday sets out to discover the secrets of the padlocked room on the third floor and what it might have to do with the possible murder of the previous owner and the disappearance of his daughter on her wedding day--twenty years before that! Young readers will devour this book, which has all the ingredients insatiable bibliovores seek out: a creepy old house, mysterious rooms and sinister furniture, ancient secrets, scary portraits with moving eyes, magic, curses, clues, intrepid characters, silly parents, and much more! The fast pace and action keep the pages flying, and there are plenty of thrills along the way. Highly recommended for those who dare--ages 8 & up.
Kristen Yoder, Elementary School Teacher, Indiana, USA
I LOVED this book! The characters are all complimentary and endearing. The writing keeps you in suspense and wondering what is going to happen. Just like in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Series... it all made sense and was revealed in the end... which is what makes her books, and this book enticing. The wording and figurative language used is FANTASTIC! The well-placed, enriching words will help to develop young readers’ vocabulary. There are so many great teaching points regarding word choice, figurative language, and voice in this book. I want to be a part of the DMS... I want to solve a riddle... and I want to explore the many enchantments of the Begonia house!
Young Reader, Christian
The book is about a girl named Fairday Morrow who goes to live in a house that she doesn't really want to go live in, because she's moving away from her friends in Manhattan. The house is in Connecticut, and is really creepy and old.
After they get to the house, they find a mirror. When she first sees it, she thinks she sees a pair of ruby red high-heeled sneakers disappearing behind a door in the mirror. She invites her friend Lizzy over to spend the weekend. They try to solve a mystery surrounding the Begonia House, by gathering clues, like a hairbrush with a strand of hair, and a picture with writing on the back.
One day, when Fairday is babysitting her little sister Magro, Margo crawls into the mirror. Fairday pulls her out and she's holding a ruby red high heeled sneaker. This adds to the mystery of the Begonia house, and gives them another clue.
She interviews Larry Lovell, who is an old guy who used to be a reporter and knows a lot about the house. After that, many strange things happen. I won't give it away, but it's an interesting mystery with lots of magic and suspense. He gives it five out of five flaming monkey heads... read more!
(Really, what's cooler than 5 flaming monkey heads? : )
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Donna Lawrence/ Lucas Lawrence, Kids N' Books, Book Lovers Paradise, Book Blog Reviewers
The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow is a book which should not be missed! An amazing book written by a pair of amazing writers. This book is primarily aimed towards 5 graders but everyone who loves a good mystery will love this story. I would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to authors Stephanie Robinson and Jessica Haight for giving my 10 year old son a copy of this book to share with his 5th grade class. I read the book before giving it to him to bring to school (I absolutely LOVE children's books). He will be writing his own review along with his class when they finish the book.
Now to explain about a BEYOND 5 STAR REVIEW. Given to a book that goes beyond the regular 5 star rating. It excelled in every aspect. The writing was incredible, the illustrations were perfect- they added to the story without becoming overwhelming. The book captures the interest of the reader from the beginning and holds it until the very end. I did not want this book to finish. I felt a sense of loss when I turned the last page only to discover the book had ended. Please, Please, Please write more adventures for the DMS.
One thing I must mention, visit the website that accompanies the book. Fairday Morrow is the main character of the story. If you visit the website, you will discover contests to win books and a weekly riddle to figure out. Do you have what it takes to be a member of the DMS?
Patty Mayger, Books, Thoughts, and a few Adventures, Book Blog Reviewer
The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow is beautifully written and delightfully engaging. The story is quite mysteriously mischievous and easy to follow. Middle graders will love these characters. They are all quite interesting. I love Fairday and her baby sister Margo. I love her best buddy Lizzy and new friend Marcus. And their adventure was spot on.
Fairday's family moves to a new house that is old and unique. It has lots of hidden rooms and one amazing mirror that leads them to an amazing adventure. Some surprising adventures involve an unusual pair of sparkly high heeled sneakers and a wardrobe that follows directions. Add these to the plight of the unlovely Ruby Begonia (prior resident of Begonia House) and you have good clean scary fun and a great adventure. Oh...I can't forget a very nasty willow tree and a very mean gypsy and bagpipes... scary good fun... I won't tell you any more- this has to be an adventure that awaits you! I also loved the messages to bullies within this book...it was done perfectly. The authors did a beautiful job.
This was a really cool book...I am hoping there is more from the DMS. That would be the Detective Mystery Squad. They are just too good at solving mysteries!
If you are interested in reading more of The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow, please contact the authors, Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson via email: email@example.com
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