Friday, 27 January 2017

Review of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson

General Information

Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Year of publication: December 1, 2015
Age Group: 9-12 Years
Number of pages: 272 Print version

Plot summary: (blurb)

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 fall into place, the three young sleuths enter into a world where anything is possible, and the danger is most definitely real. Can they piece together the puzzle before it's too late? Or will whatever's causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first?

Positive points

This was a great, well written story that will appeal to any children (and big adult type children) who love a good mystery story. It has very real, likeable characters that embark on a scary adventure (but not too scary) to discover the strange goings-on in a manor steeped in mystery. It is a real fun read and will keep you guessing all the way to the end.

There are a few scatterings of wonderfully drawn illustrations throughout the book that will help fire up the imagination of the younger readers. A nice touch! I'm so jealous, I want some in my books too!

Negative points

I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this book.

Overall impression

This is a great story filled with likable characters. The perfect addition to any school library. I highly recommend this book.

My rating

Five big shiny stars!

Meet the authors

Jessica Haight

Jessica is a true New Englander with a love of the ocean and the four seasons. She enjoys drawing while standing up and cultivating magic in her garden. Jessica easily floats away with a good story and is still waiting for her owl from Hogwarts. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

Stephanie Robinson

Stephanie lives with her husband in a quiet town, though not as quaint as Ashpot. After teaching fifth grade for almost fifteen years, she is now enjoying her role as a school media specialist. One of the many benefits of her job is that she learns something new every day. When Stephanie isn't working, she spends her time creating stories, getting lost in books, and traveling to new places.

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  1. Thanks for the spotlight! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the mystery of the Begonia House. :) ~ Jess & Stephanie

    1. I did enjoy it very much! :) Thank YOU!