Here’s a book I really enjoyed from my summer reading list: Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave, by Deron R. Hicks. This is the first book in the Letterford mysteries.
Beginning in the year 1616 on Mont Saint Michel on the coast of France, the reader is immediately engaged as a man breaks into a church in order to remove an item that he has been asked to protect. Flash forward to 1623 when a man is asked to built a mysterious device in a small room. Flash forward again to the present day as newspaper articles tell of the misfortunes of one famous publishing house, Letterford Publishing. Chapter 2 takes the reader to Manchester, Georgia where we meet Colophon Letterford, the 12 year old daughter of Mull Letterford, the beleaguered owner of Letterford Publishing. As the family sits down to Thanksgiving dinner, a mysterious and unkempt Cousin Julian arrives. Colophon learns that Cousin Julian is trying to find a treasure, supposedly hidden by Colophon’s ancester, Miles Letterford. Together, Colophon, her older brother Case and Cousin Julian set off to solve the Letterford mystery and hopefully save Letterford Publishing.
This is a fast-paced, intelligent mystery perfect for upper elementary readers. I can’t wait to recommend it to my students.