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The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

(Fairday Morrow #1)

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Fear Not the Unexpected.

Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow is less than thrilled that her family is moving thousands of miles from civilization to the quiet country town of Ashpot, Connecticut, where she’s absolutely certain she’ll die of boredom.

As if leaving New York City and her best friend, Lizzy, the only other member of the elite Detective Mystery Squad (DMS), weren’t b
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Hardcover, 263 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Delacorte (first published January 1st 2011)
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Stephanie So happy you enjoyed the first book! The second book- Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library is out now! :)

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Please make a movie out of this one.

Fairday Morrow. A queer name!

Meet our protagonist. She's thin and long and just an average teenage girl. She's sincere and has a littler sibling too when the parents decide to move away to a mansion that is believed to be troubled.



It was like Goosebumps : Welcome to the Dead House all over again for me in the beginning.
There are creepy things happening in the story and in the house. Some one is not happy with the new innocuous family. He/she/it feels their pre
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Bobby Underwood
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is just a terrific find for middle school age children. Authors Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson have done a wonderful job of capturing what it is like to be this age, and the illustrations of Roman Muradov add a quirky sense of fun to everything which happens in the book.

Leaving Manhattan to move to Connecticut, and move into Begonia House, is bad enough for Fairday Morrow, but breaking up the other half of the Detective Mystery Squad — DMS — by separating her and her best friend Lizz
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Karen Toz
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so great, I honestly don't even know where to start! So let me try to break it down - the story itself had me hooked from the first page. It starts with a news article where we learn about a mysterious death which took place many years ago. Fast forward to the present, and the Morrow family is about to move into the Begonia House. A house that has not had any occupants since this mysterious death. While many kids might be spooked out by the prospect of a haunted house, young Fairda ...more
Darinda
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Fairday Morrow and her family move to Ashpot, Connecticut, where her parents hope to open a bed and breakfast. As Fairday explores her new home, she discovers there is a mystery to solve. Along with her best friend, Lizzy, and new friend, Marcus, the kids investigate the mystery of Fairday's new home.

A middle grade supernatural mystery. Fun and exciting. While the story is somewhat spooky with the supernatural aspect, it is not scary. The kids are confident, bold, and clever. Great traits in yo
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Rayene ZiaÐi
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got this book in a goodreads giveaway for my honest opinion. and here it goes:
I at first somehow judged this book because it was directed to a younger audience and thought that i would catch the mystery in it at first thus making the rest dull BUT i couldn't be more wrong!
The first few chapters were enticing but no sooner than Margo went into -You know what- that i was hooked my mind was buzzing the whole time with possible outcome to the story and i was guessing left and right!
It was such an
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Trina (aNovelReader)
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a suspenseful and entertaining mystery. I quickly fell in love with Ms. Fairday Morrow and her Detective Mystery Squad. I found myself reminiscing about my middle school years and thinking the DMS series would be one of my favorites.

Fairday's family is moving from Manhattan to the infamous Begonia House in Ashpot, Connecticut, to open a Bed & Breakfast. During renovations, Fairday is allowed to investigate the house and see what mysteries she can uncover. It turns out the Begonia House
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Jasmine
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: tweens who like a good mystery.
4.5 stars.
When I won this, I wasn't expecting this to be so good. It took me a few chapters to get into this but the plot and the mystery was perfect for me. I loved the characters and the DMS! This actually made me feel scared for the characters and I had to finish once I got into the story. I was holding my breath when (view spoiler) Phew! The characters came alive for me and I'm really glad I won this
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Tanja Voosen
This was an adorable mystery story for young readers, with lovable characters and interesting plot. Reading was such fun! If you're a little older (like me), you see the twists coming, but overall the book was great =)
Brenda
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Originally posted at Log Cabin Library
The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow begins with Thurston Begonia taking a 30 foot fall from the third floor balcony of Begonia House. The details of his death, according to the news article at the beginning of the book, are still a mystery. Then things move forward to Fairday and her family moving into the Begonia House, which they have purchased and plan to make into a bed and breakfast. Ok, I'm hooked. I love old houses, the kind with a porch, attic, spir
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Stephanie Faris
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything I love in a book .It combines the spookiness of the supernatural with the suspense of a story about child detectives. I love Fairday Morrow. She's so courageous while also being realistic. The supernatural scenes are scary without being too scary for young readers. It's the perfect tween book! We'll be seeing much more of these super-talented authors in the future!
Crowinator
I enjoyed this quirky paranormal mystery and love the illustrations. It'll be an easy one to recommend to the upper elementary and middle school kids at the library who want something spooky but not violent.
Pooja
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, owns
Super thrilled to have read this!

Terrific writing!

I've not read many horror stories and this book is one of my firsts into the horror world. It is engrossing, absorbing and scarier than I thought.

Far from the city, we get to know about the becoming of a haunted house. Mysterious death scenes make us move forward with the pages. The arrival of Morrow family into the same house gives the readers a sudden hiccup. Thanks to the brave and curious Fairday Morrow, who isn't scared of anything, that we
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis- Fairday Morrow and her family are moving into a new house, even if Fairday doesn’t like it. It doesn’t help that their house is a supposedly haunted Victorian mansion, called the Begonia House. Apparently, there was controversy about what happened to some of the original residents. They say that the house’s builder’s daughter still haunts the house to this day. Fairday doesn’t believe. But she is curious about the mysterious red-haired lady in some old photographs. But wait – was that ...more
Susan
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with the characters in this book from page one. Fairday and her family are unique, entertaining, and completely believable. I enjoyed getting to know Fairday, her family, Lizzy and the kids in Fairday's new school. The mystery and suspense is perfect for young readers (and even older ones like me). The writing flows and I never had to re-read or pause to figure out what was going on. I love that the story is easy to read and understand and yet written in such a way that kids ages ...more
Mary
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow has low expectations when her parents decide to move from Manhattan to Ashpot, Connecticut--all because her mom feels that some renovating a nasty old house will boost her design career. For a budding detective, however, the old Begonia House proves to be a goldmine. Fairday immediately finds herself immersed in the old mysteries of the home. With her sidekick, best friend, and fellow DMS (Detective Mystery Squad) member, Lizzy, plus new recruit Marcus, Fairday set ...more
Bish Denham
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to read this for a while and was not disappointed.

Fairday Morrow is not happy about moving with her family from the city to the country. Her best friend Lizzy, and fellow mystery solver, is a whole hour away! But the minute Fairday steps into the old spooky house her parent's have bought to turn into a guest house, she knows there's a mystery to solved. Plus, it doesn't take her any time to make friends with Marcus, a boy at her new school. When Lizzy comes to visit over a wee
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Tracy Terry
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aimed at American middle grade readers (10 to 13 year olds), as an older, a much older reader I was surprised by just how much I found myself enjoying The Secret DMS (Detective Mystery Squad) Files of (11 year old) Fairday Morrow.

Creatively and intelligently written I found myself instantly engaged in the adventures of Fairday, Lizzy and, latest recruit, Marcus 'Brocket the Rocket'.

Delighted that the authors had such a strong and entertaining female lead in Fairday as opposed to the more typical
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Patty
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is beautifully written and delightfully engaging.  The story is quite mysteriously mischievous and easy to follow.  Middle graders will love these characters. They are all quite interesting.  I love Fairday and her baby sister Margo.  I love her best buddy Lizzy and new friend Marcus.

And their adventure was spot on.  Fairday's family moves to a new house that is old and unique.  It has lots of hidden rooms and one amazing mirror that lead to an amazing adventure.  Some surprising adventures w
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Claudine Yanting
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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C. McKenzie
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ashpot, Connecticut is nothing like Manhattan--nothing at all. In Ashpot there's The Begonia House with its decades old mystery of a vanished bride and a death that has never been explained.

Fairday Morrow, Lizzy and Marcus collaborate as the DMS (Detective Mystery Squad) carefully gathering and connecting the clues, hoping they'll be able to solve the mysteries of this spooky, magical place.

Kids are going to cheer on the DMS in moments of danger and downright scariness. They're going to enjoy th
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C. McKenzie
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ashpot, Connecticut is nothing like Manhattan--nothing at all. In Ashpot there's The Begonia House with its decades old mystery of a vanished bride and a death that has never been explained.

Fairday Morrow, Lizzy and Marcus collaborate as the DMS (Detective Mystery Squad) carefully gathering and connecting the clues, hoping they'll be able to solve the mysteries of this spooky, magical place.

Kids are going to cheer on the DMS in moments of danger and downright scariness. They're going to enjoy th
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Kourtney
A very fun and fast read with a terrific supernatural mystery at its core. I had a blast tagging along with the DMS as they tried to figure out what was behind the strange happenings at the Begonia House. The authors did a terrific job taking a magic mirror and making it fresh and new. The lore behind the house was fascinating. Each chapter ended with a cliffhanger that kept me turning pages into the wee hours of the night. Terrific work here by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson! Hope there ...more
Peg
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A middle grade mystery with a touch of haunting thrown in. Add some serious child detectives (DMS), detective mystery squad, and you have the makings of a great book along with the start of a good series (I hope) with a sound following. The book had me from the start and flowed along never letting the adventure wane. Well written for both boys and girls with everything they would want - mystery, adventure, a haunted house, and a great ending.
Donna
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book for kids of all ages. This book has everything a kid could want in a story! Adventure, strange old house with eerie sounds and strange happenings, good friends, and a detective agency! The characters are delightful and entertaining.
This is a story that will be enjoyed by both boys and girls!

Hopefully, the authors will write more!
Tena
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am very happy to have had the opportunity to read this entire book!! I hope a sequel is coming soon!!
Mehsi
Wow. Wow. Wow, this even better than I had hoped, and I already had high hopes for this book.

Sure, there were elements I didn't expect, the magical part especially, and I was worried for a bit it might turn out to be not fitting, but oh no, the contrary happened, the magic fitted like a pair of shiny red sneakers. :P

It all starts as Fairday T Morrow (yes, that is her name, and boy I wish I had such an awesome name) moves with her parents to a new home, not that far from where she used to live, b
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Haight, Jessica and Robinson, Stephanie. Ill. by Roman Muradov. The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow. Pgs. 263. Penguin Random House, 2015/ $15.99. Language: G, Mature Content: G, Violence: G

When 11-year-old, Fairday Morrow moves to Ashpot, Connecticut from Manhattan, she expects it to be dull and uninteresting. That is, until, she finds within the Begonia House, her creepy new Victorian home, with dark passageways, a dead gigantic willow tree, and lots of mysteries. Before she can finish unpackin
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Beverly McClure
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Moving to a different house in a new town and leaving behind dear friends is rough on anyone. It’s especially tough for children, who also have to start a new school where they don’t know anyone.

In THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW, a novel for middle grade readers, by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson, Fairday Morrow faces such a situation. She’s not very happy about moving, either. The house, known as Begonia House, is old and decrepit. Even though her parents are going to renovate the p
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Donna Galanti
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fun mystery adventure with a dash of supernatural for kids and grown-ups alike to enjoy! Spunky Fairday Morrow is a good friend full of pluck and curiosity, who stands up for what she believes in and has no time for bullies. Each chapter’s cliffhanger ending raises questions that draws you deeper into the mystery connecting Fairday to Begonia House, the rambling, spooky home her parents plan to turn into a bed and breakfast.

Fairday soon enlists friends in the kids-only Detective Mystery S
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The Keepers of the Books
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When 11-year-old, Fairday Morrow moves to Ashpot, Connecticut from Manhattan, she expects it to be dull and uninteresting. That is, until, she finds within the Begonia House, her creepy new Victorian home, with dark passageways, a dead gigantic willow tree, and lots of mysteries. Before she can finish unpacking, she starts hearing a mysterious sound coming from a padlocked door. When she manages to open it, she finds an ancient mirror, a brass key, a curious portrait of a red-haired lady, and a ...more
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Jessica is a true New Englander, with a deep desire to be near the ocean and a love of the four seasons. She enjoys drawing while standing up and cultivating magic in her garden. She easily floats away in the pages of a good story and is still waiting for her owl from Hogwarts. Jessica lives in Connecticut with her charming fiancé, James.

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