Digging Up Danger

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Ghosts? A mysterious plant? Something even more sinister? This spooky mystery (inspired by a real kid's idea) doubles as a creative writing guide for young writers! 

Eliza loves hunting ghosts — too bad she's spending the summer helping her scientist mother study weird plants instead.  But when a mysterious plant goes missing, things go from strange to downright spooky. Eliza is convinced something—or someone—is haunting the plant shop. Is she digging into dangerous ground?  

Like Stuck in the Stone Age, the first in “The Story Pirates Present” book series, this spine-tingling mystery doubles as an introduction to the basics of creative writing. With the help of Story Pirate Captain Vincent Rolo and the Mystery Creation Zone, kids can use this kid-generated story as inspiration to create their OWN great mysteries!

About the Authors

The Story Pirates are a nationally respected media and education organization founded in 2004 to celebrate the words, ideas, and stories of young people. Their motto: “Changing kids’ lives, one story at a time.” They’ve been featured on NBC Nightly News, TODAY, and Sesame Street, and are endorsed by Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, and more.

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling middle grade series The Books of Elsewhere, the YA novel Dreamers Often Lie, and the new middle grade fantasy The Collectors. She lives in Red Wing, Minnesota, with her family.

Phoebe Wolinetz likes soccer, cooking with her mom and writing fantasy stories.  But her favorite thing at the moment is making slime: sparkly slime, rainbow slime and slime that smells like flowers. She has perfected the recipe.  She lives in New York with her mom, dad, brother, and dog, Webster, who each support her slime-making.*

*Webster is not really into the slime thing.

About the Illustrator

Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured on television and in multiple publications worldwide. He currently lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people. Find him online at metahatem.com or @metahatem.

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“West’s tale, decorated with Aly’s eerie, cartoon art, is well worth reading on its own—the writing manual takes it to a whole other level.”
— * Kirkus Starred Review *
“What a fantastically fun way to learn about writing a story!”
— Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library