Book: Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys by Linda Maria Frankcategories: Book, Mystery, Ancient Mystery, Teen Mystery, Fun Science, Forensics, Young Adult Fiction
Linda Maria Frankabout this book: Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, a mystery for YA, takes you to exotic Istanbul and interior Turkey to an archaeological dig where accidents and theft plague the site of the oldest town ever found. Annie Tillery, boyfriend, Ty Egan, and his friend, Cedric
Zeeks, are working on a graduate school project trying to prove a link between the bones found at the dig and the African ancestors of the human race. Archaeological finds are worth a lot of money, and as Annie and her friends find out, some bad guys are willing to sabotage the dig and even kill to protect their illegally moving the treasures to a place where they can be sold. Caves, eerie mazes in Turkey's Cappadocia, region of fairy chimneys, and chasing the thieves through Istanbul's bazaar and underground city will keep those pages turning.
I taught forensic science for many years at Hofstra, a local university, and I loved Nancy Drew as a kid. My life long obsession with making science attractive to kids, especially girls, led my to write this book, number three in the Annie Tillery series. My research stems mainly from my travel to Turkey, and the science I have taught. The cover was conceived of by my illustrator from the photographs I had taken in Cappadocia. The title was inspired by the romantic and other worldly nature of the rock formations know as fairy chimneys, the locale of much of the book's action. One of the best parts of writing a story that has a lot of history and science is that you will learn things yourself as an author. This book, written over two years, was great fun, as it included a trip to Turkey.
If you love adventure, characters who might do the same things you would given the chance, and learning how mysteries are solved using the latest technology, try Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys. Oh, and by the way, there is a sweet little romance in this story. Ty and Annie make a great team.
• "I have fallen in love with spunky Annie and her mysteries. This is going to become part of the books I pass down to the children in my life. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds."
• "Secrets In The Fairy Chimneys is a great read, what I particularly like is that Linda Maria Frank manages to weave a good deal of factual material into the action and adventure. One could call it 'sneaky learning' :) This actually should come as no surprise as the author was a school and college teacher before turning her attention to writing."
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