|Written by Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson |
Illustrated by Roman Muradov
This month marks the countdown to the release of this exciting, new middle grade mystery, and we're creaking open the foreboding front gates to give you a sneak peek at the secrets hidden within...
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, CT, where she's absolutely certain she'll die of boredom.
As if leaving Manhattan and her best friend Lizzy, the only other member of her elite Detective Mystery Squad, wasn't bad enough, Fairday is stuck living in the infamous Begonia House, an old Victorian with dark passageways, a gigantic creepy 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 an ancient mirror, a brass key, and a strange picture of a red-haired lady are the first in a series of clues that takes Fairday, Lizzy and their new squad member, Marcus, on an amazing adventure and reveals secrets about the Begonia House that they never imagined.
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?
Be sure to stop by Friday for a BIG reveal that will put another piece of the puzzle into place. ;)
"I loved the opening chapters of The Secret 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." Jenny Nimmo, Author of Midnight for Charlie Bone
"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!" Gina Shaw, Editorial Director, Original Book Publishing for Scholastic Book Clubs
"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!" Kristen Yoder, Elementary School Teacher