**The posts I write might contain affiliate links or be written in collaboration with businesses or brands. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.**
Remember the hilarious movie, the Goonies, came out in 1985?
If you recall, the movie was about a band of misfit kids from a small town who, in order to save a pair of brothers’ home, were determined to find an ancient buried pirate treasure. Even three decades later, the movie is still a winner.
That how I feel about the new middle reader book, Secret Scouts and the Lost Leonardo by Mr. and Mrs. Kind.
It’s like The Goonies meets The Da Vinci Code, and even the book cover has a Stranger Things feel to it!
About Secret Scouts and the Lost Leonardo
This incredible book trailer brings the whole story to life:
Tom, Lisa, Sophie, and Jack stumble across the find of a lifetime — Leonardo da Vinci’s codex full of sketches, writings, and calculations. Now they have a choice: do they sell it and become richer beyond their wildest dreams, or do they try to decode the journal and figure out what Leonardo was up to? Tom and Jack want to sell the book, but sisters Lisa and Sophie have other ideas. What they discover within the codex is the science behind time travel. But when they put the calculations to the test, they find out just how dangerous this secret can truly be.
Secret Scouts and the Lost Leonardo will be available on October 23, 2018. In the meantime, it is on pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound. Learn more at SecretScouts.com. For ages 10-16 but don’t worry, parents can read it too 😉
Secret Scouts and the Lost Leonardo | Who Are Mr. and Mrs. Kind?
I have to admit, the mystery behind the authors and their unique pen names was just as intriguing as the book! As it turns out, Mr. & Mrs. Kind are actually Wendel and Dennis Kind; one of the few husband/wife writing duos in children’s literature. Writing from their home in Amsterdam which they share with their three young kids, they transform a fascination for art, culture, and history into compelling literary stories. Feel-good stories that revolve around friendship, adventure and mystery, set in fascinating cities and time periods across the world.
“Our goal is to create intriguing adventure stories based on strange but true facts. Exciting stories that fascinate, astonish, provoke, pique curiosity, but most of all stories that kids can effortlessly learn from and lose themselves in.”
Secret Scouts and the Lost Leonardo | Something To Do
Create your own mystery!
19 pages of sleuthing fun for your family to enjoy.
*Use Pilot Frixion Pens and craft paper to create Invisible Secret Notes!
*Make I Spy Cookies!
*Discover a President of the United States who was a Master Code Creator!
Grab your detective hat and spyglass. Ready. SET>>>>DOWNLOAD (and Enjoy)
One More Thing
The much-anticipated sequel to JIAB intern, Hannah Rials’ runaway YA hit, Ascension. Book Two in the Ascension series is Clandestine and it’s already bringing in raves reviews.
“Gripping until the very end.” – Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia
“Dark, surprising, and full of twists, the Ascension series is a delectable addition to vampire canon. Rials paints a rich and engrossing world of vampires, half-vampires witches– each with their own agenda. Cheyenne’s struggle to be free is one that every girl will recognize, and I rooted for her as she bristled against the roles cast for her by society. It’s the story of a girl yearning to come into her own powers, powers both frightening and beautiful.” ~Maggie Thrash, author of L.A. Times Book Prize nominee Honor Girl
Cheyenne Lane never believed it could come to this—imprisoned by her own family, who are plotting to overthrow the vampire Council. Ripped away from the happiness of her summer romance and friendship in New Orleans, Cheyenne is forced to begin her education at Clandestine, the secret Deuxsang University, one year early.
She is guarded constantly, separated from her best friend Anne, and desperate for any word from Eli and the witches. Meanwhile, her cousin Lilith has discovered that Cheyenne possesses all four vampiric abilities—unheard of for a Deuxsang—and intends to use her in the Ascending’s rebellious scheme.
At 17, Cheyenne finds herself the center of a centuries-old conspiracy involving the vampires, Deuxsang, and witches, and everyone is telling her who she should trust and what she should do. Her head is too full of voices and opinions, and it’s time for Cheyenne to make up her own mind.
Is she ready to step into the role she was made for? Who can she trust? Who is her friend and who is her enemy? Is she really a born leader? All questions that only she can answer. As the information and scenario gets more confusing, she knows she must listen to her intuition if she is going to shift the truth from all the lies.
Grab your copy of Clandestine HERE and enjoy FREE Shipping.