Kids, ages 9 to 12, get ready to meet your new heroes in the exciting first book of the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries series!
World-famous Egyptologist Dr. Winston Thornsley died suddenly two months ago in disgrace. His widow, Ida Thornsley, remains convinced her husband was falsely accused of stealing an ancient burial urn he discovered in Egypt last summer, but local and federal law enforcement officers are stumped.
Mrs. Thornsley, desperate for answers, calls in her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, Moki Kalani, and Rani Kumar. Their exciting mission? To find the urn and its real thief, bring the criminal to justice, and exonerate Dr. Thornsley so his spotless reputation can be restored.
A roomful of venomous snakes, the poisoned Egyptian pond, and Dragon Pit Man are just a few of the tests awaiting the four tech-savvy teenagers. As the detectives begin to unravel the sinister plot, the mystery takes a dangerous turn. Answers are at their fingertips—if they can only convince their parents to let them solve the case.
About the Author
Graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's in education, Sherrill spent the next thirty-five years as a K-12 literacy teacher. When she retired from teaching in 2013, the Botanic Hill Detectives and their mysteries finally sprang to life.
Forever inspired by her beautiful students in the San Diego public schools, the author has peopled and themed the Botanic Hill Detectives mysteries with children of various abilities, cultures, and interests. She strongly believes that embracing diversity is the key to a better world.
She created her detectives to be mature, smart, polite role-models that will appeal to parents, teachers, and kids, who seek to realize their greatest potential with confidence.
Sherrill is a native San Diegan where she lives in a 1928 Spanish-style house in a historic neighborhood with her bichon frisé-poodle mix, Jimmy Lambchop. In addition to her dog, the city of San Diego, reading and writing, the author loves her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She must also include dark chocolate, popcorn, old movies, the color purple, and daisies. Having never lived in a two-story house, she is naturally fascinated by staircases. She is a member of SCBWI and the Authors' Guild and promises many more adventures with the squad to come.
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Table of Contents
Front Matter: The Beautiful Neighborhood of Botanic Hill; Map of Botanic Hill
Chapters: Ch. 1--A Mystery from Nutmeg Street; Ch. 2--Helpful Discussions; Ch. 3--Clues from the ARC; Ch. 4--Snakes and Shakes; Ch. 5--Hissing in the Dark; Ch. 6--Dinnertime Excursion; Ch. 7--Light Show; Ch. 8--Cactusville Clues; Ch. 9--The Egyptian Pond; Ch. 10--Curious Curios; Ch. 11--Alley Spy; Ch. 12--Midnight Pond Prowler; Ch. 13--Pond Watch; Ch. 14--Red. White, and a Blue Sedan; Ch. 15--Disaster and Discovery; Ch. 16--Tomb Treasure; Ch. 17--A Clue from Ancient Egypt; Ch. 18--Help from Modern Science; Ch. 19--Snitch; Ch. 20--Festival and Celebrations
Back Matter: Moki and Aloha's Hawaiian Dictionary; Acknowledgments; About the Author