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Preview — The Mystery of Shadow Hills by Carrie Cross
The Mystery of Shadow Hills
As soon as Skylar gets to ...more
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Skylar is a teen detective wannabe, proud of her detective case and equipment passed down from her real detective grandfather. She loves adventure and mystery and getting her hands dirty.
When her parents lob her off to her aunt, uncle, and obnoxious, bullying cousin, she's fuming. But soon, the mystery of the Shadow Hills that are visible from her aunt and uncle's house keep her entertained. She starts to suspect evil goings-on up in those...more
Obviously, I'm in the minority here, but I had to make myself keep reading throughout most of the book. The writing style was fine, but I didn't really feel there was any mystery. None. I'm honestly still not sure what the mystery is supposed to be after finishing the book.
So, the book isn't the mystery it claims to be, so what is it? It's a book about bullying and witchcraft. Spoiler - she learns its all been a slight of hand (or has it? the author plants seeds of doubt), but "all ...more
Skylar has a nice convincing voice as the first-person narrator ...more
Strong-willed Skylar utilizes her wits, BFFS, sleuthing skills and grandpa's detective kit to solve the clues which reveal unfolding mysteries she encounters as a modern-day teenager starting her own detective agency. Carrie Cross has taken an extra step by creating a Skylar Robbins website where fans can become Secret Agents and participate in solving the clues, comment on Skylar's ...more
Skylar Robbins wants nothing more in life than to be a Private Investigator like her late grandpa. Skylar learns she will be spending the summer in Malibu with her Aunt Caroline, Uncle Jim and bully cousin Gwendolyn. She will also be attending a new school for the summer. Armed with PI kit and diary she sets out to have the best summer she can while her parents are in Europe.
There are few rules that need to followed: she is never to enter ...more
I love that there was inspiration to do activities with the family. We took the time to make amulets - or necklaces from rocks we searched for. We are planning some fun art projects too.
I also love that the book took a turn into a positive lesson that I would want to teach my kids anyway. We were able to stop after reading the book and discuss what we ...more
The book starts with a couple of familiar tropes (the creepy old house, the keen boy/girl detective) and in the opening pages I was expecting a standard 'Nancy Drew' kind of offering, albeit very well done. But The Mystery of Shadow Hills unfolds layer by surprising layer, revealing with each turn something that takes us completely off guard. Oh, there's witches. Oh, no wait, ...more
There are a lot of aspects in this book that address issues other young readers could be facing such as going to a new school, meeting new and differently abled people, ...more
I found this book to be fun, exciting, suspenseful, and filled with adventure and great characters. I especially liked Skylar. Throughout the book, she shows a lot of character, courage and growth in some trying, scary and sticky situations. I know all Middle Grade and Tween girls will totally love Skylar's ...more
Although this book was meant for a younger audience I found myself engrossed in the story, it was a great plot that held a sense of mystery and adventure. It was nothing like I expected it to be and it was great to be surprised. There is also a wide range of diversity in the characters which is amazing to see.
Skylar Robbins is going to be a great children series full ...more
Skylar herself is a likable protagonist--a little lost in an unfamiliar environment, a bit bewildered at being left behind when her parents go off to Europe without her, a bit malleable. But she's ...more
I’m curious what Skylar will be up to in her next adventure.
The Mystery of Shadow Hills is easy to read and is a very captivating story.
Hey young, middle school girl named Skyler, with her grandfathers detective kit is out for an adventure of a lifetime as she is dropped off at her aunts house while her parents take a tour through Europe.
With her newfound friend Kat there is no telling what the two of them might get into. With adventures around every turn you would not want to put this book down.
A dancer since age six, Cross took three years of ...more