Mel has just moved in next door. She likes wearing sleeveless t-shirts, jeans, and converse tennis shoes, and throws a really mean curve ball, but that doesn’t stop Frankie from falling for her.
It is the summer of 1966 and there have been a rash of UFO sightings all over the country. Together, with their friend Beanie, they plan a hoax to make a fake UFO and launch it over Oswego Lake. But it all goes really bad, catching a tree and a house on fire. They know they are in big trouble, but before anyone finds out what they did, some really strange things happen. There are UFO sightings in the area, a reported nearby landing, and the apparent abduction of the neighbor from the very house they burned. It all becomes national news and throws the little town of Lake Oswego into a frenzy.
How could all this start from just their stupid, little hoax? Mel, Frankie, and Beanie have to find out. Each clue helps them to uncover how Mel’s father really died, and why. It sets them on a path to a discovery that involves the most famous UFO crash in history, the United States Air Force, and international espionage. Every step leads the kids toward unearthing a long-kept secret that puts them in great danger.
Readers say that if you liked the kids in the Harry Potter series, Netflix’s Stranger Things, or the boys in Stephen King’s Stand By Me, then you had better join Mel, Frankie, and Beanie on their mysterious quest in Hoaxes.
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About the Author
I have been writing as long as I can remember. It is just in my blood. It was a major focus in high school, which I took with me to the San Francisco Art Institute where I majored in creative writing. I then worked for, and at one point owned, an advertising agency utilizing my talents commercially. I stepped away from writing short stories and novels for a period of time while raising a family, but could never get away from it for long. While in Idaho, I joined the Magnificent Seven writing group at the Log Cabin Literary Center and worked with those wonderful writers for a few years honing my talents with their insight. I have had minor success in publishing, but Hoaxes is my first endeavour into electronic publishing and I am excited to have this resource to share my work. I currently live in Gresham, Oregon, but spend as much time as I can at my cabin in Pacific City where I find a wealth of inspiration. I am currently working on my next novel- River of Dreams.