Amber and Autumn, elementary school sisters, don’t seek out problems to solve, but they often find themselves engaged in uncovering truths, solving mysteries, and helping others in the process. Autumn’s natural curiosity, combined with her boldness, leads her to push for answers to anything she does not understand. Amber, her older sister, more cautious and easily spooked, prefers to let Autumn drive ahead to solve mysteries which come their way, but her keen skills of observation often lead to the resolutions they seek.
In The Secret Room, the girls, during their stay at a B&B, discover a long-forgotten room in the attic and uncover its secrets. The story takes place at the House of Seasons, a bed-and-breakfast in historic Jefferson, Texas. Their quest to uncover secrets takes the girls on a journey through Jefferson history including a cemetery, a river boat tour, and even an evening ghost walk.
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The Secret Room held the perfect amount of information for young readers before they start getting overwhelmed with too many facts and start glazing over them. It held creative ways to integrate the history of the town into the story with the tour guides and even the Bed and Breakfast host. It even piqued my interest as an adult reader after learning why the town so abruptly halted in its population boom and had me craving some fudge and a stop at Jefferson’s General Store to take a look around.
The foundation of the story was strong and captured a great balance of speed with the heightened mystery level. I loved that it was entertaining, but also substantial and educational. A young reader will be so wrapped up in the investigation of this secret room they won’t even realize how much they are learning in the details. I love a book that can teach me something especially when it is entertaining in the process and The Secret Room accomplished that.
John writes chapter books that appeal to elementary school children to capture their imagination and help them discover the love of reading early in life. John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife and his King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Charlie Brown.
John spent his childhood in a small town in east Texas. He attended college at the University of Texas earning a BS in Physics and a BA in Math (minor in Computer Science). His years in the high-tech industry, most of it on the “bleeding edge,” allowed him to develop new technology with software.
John had the privilege of co-authoring two editions of CallManager Fundamentals. The two books sold over 23,000 copies, exceeding the publisher’s goal of 8,000. Having discovered his love for writing while still working in high tech, he began writing fiction in his spare time and published The Enclave, a mystery / suspense novel, in 2010.
After leaving high-tech in 2014, he now spends full time pursuing his writing passion. He loves writing books that help children discover early in life that reading is a fun adventure. He recently released illustrated editions of the first three books in the Amber-Autumn mystery series: Christmas Garden Illustrated, Grandfather’s Blessing Illustrated, and Golden Campout Illustrated. The Secret Room is the fourth book in the series.
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November 27-December 6, 2017
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11/27 - Book Trailer - Hall Ways Blog
11/27 - Excerpt - Chapter Break Book Blog
11/28 - Review - Momma on The Rocks
11/29 - Author Interview - Books and Broomsticks
11/29 - Guest Post - A Page Before Bedtime
11/30 - Review - Missus Gonzo
12/01 - Notable Quotable - Forgotten Winds
12/01 - Notable Quotable - The Page Unbound
12/02 - Review - StoreyBook Reviews
12/03 - Review - The Librarian Talks
12/04 - Sneak Peek - Texan Girl Reads
12/04 - Excerpt - Reading by Moonlight
12/05 - Review - Tangled in Text
12/05 - Author Interview - Books in the Garden
12/06 - Review - Syd Savvy