HIDDEN GARDEN WORD SEARCH

HIDDEN GARDEN WORD SEARCH: All of the words hidden in this puzzle are items found in the abandoned garden in The Mystery of Shadow Hills.

Locate 1-4 words: You’re a junior sleuth’s assistant detective

Locate 5-8 words: On your way to becoming a junior sleuth

Locate 9-12 words: Now you’re a junior sleuth!

Locate 13-16 words: You’re Skylar’s next Assistant Detective!

Locate 17-20 words: Watch out Skylar, there’s a new Detective in town!

Decode the words found in this word search by using Skylar’s basic secret code:

A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, F=6, G=7, H=8, I=9, J=10, K=11, L=12, M=13, N=14, O=15, P=16, Q=17, R=18, S=19, T=20, U=21, V=22, W=23, X=24, Y=25, Z=26

19-20-15-14-5

19-20-5-16-16-9-14-7

7-1-20-5

3-21-19-8-9-15-14

1-13-25-20-8-25-19-20

16-15-14-4

2-18-1-14-3-8

20-18-5-5

18-15-19-5

6-12-15-23-3-18

2-5-14-3-8

23-1-20-5-18

23-5-5-4

20-23-9-7

3-18-15-23

5-1-18-20-8

8-15-19-5

3-12-15-21-4

22-9-14-5

13-21-4

Then locate the words in this jumble:

S P O V I N E Z I A N C
A T R E E C M S A M B L
B U E X R U W A T E R O
R S C P D S V R N T A U
A C R I P H A C E H R D
N H O S E I H B R Y O T
C U W S T O N E L S S H
H E L A C N W G A T E O
I V F L O W E R M W Q S
R P O N D L E A S I D E
E A R T H O D X I G E L

How many did you find? Post your score on www.skylarrobbins.com by leaving a comment below the jumble. Sign it using your Secret Agent code name from your Identikit. Don’t have a code name or Identikit yet? Read SKYLAR ROBBINS: THE MYSTERY OF SHADOW HILLS and then fill out the Secret Agent Application Form (S.A.A.F.).

 

 

Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels Wins Book of the Month!

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Many thanks to Long and Short of It Reviews for naming, Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels, their Book of the Month for January, 2015! Their 4.5-star review of the latest Skylar Robbins novel follows.

Old houses can carry a lot of secrets, but they’re not always keen on revealing them.

It was a lot of fun to observe Skylar’s relationship with her parents. This was the first time that she’s attempted to solve a mystery while living with them, so there were many opportunities for her sleuthing to be squeezed into otherwise ordinary days. The relationship between mother and daughter was particularly interesting because Skylar and her mom have completely opposite personalities and interests.The occasional disagreements that resulted from these differences were well written and believable.

The character development was also strong. Skylar has learned from her previous adventures and occasionally mentions those lessons as she attempts to solve this mystery. I liked seeing a slightly older and more mature version of this character and am looking forward comparing this version of her with who she will become in the future.

My only criticism of this tale is a minor one. Early on in the plot Skylar’s parents buy a house that’s three times the size of what they actually need. The characters discuss how unusual this decision is, but they never really give any concrete reasons for why a small, nuclear family would have any interest in such a huge home. I would have preferred to see at least one more conversation later in on the plot explaining this decision.

Attempting to solve the mystery before anyone in the plot figures it out is one of the things I look forward to the most with this series. The clues are revealed slowly and methodically. Some of them are easy to figure out, but others require more thought. I’ve really enjoyed puzzling out both of Skylar’s mysteries so far.

This is the sequel to Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of Shadow Hills, but it can be read as a standalone novel. The most important background and character information from that story is briefly recapped in this one.

Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels has made me eager to read more about Skylar’s adventures. I’d heartily recommend this tale to anyone who is a fan of mysteries or the young adult genre.

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Enter to win my Goodreads giveaway! Ten free personally autographed copies of Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of Shadow Hills will be given away in December.

Moms and Dads: Want to get your ‘tweens hooked on books? The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels releases 12/9, Read Tuesday. Preorder a personally autographed copy through www.carrie-cross.com and receive a free pair of kids’ binoculars to start your child’s detective kit!

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Skylar Robbins by Carrie Cross

Skylar Robbins

by Carrie Cross

Giveaway ends December 10, 2014.

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THE SECRET OF THE BURIED KEY

In Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of Shadow Hills, Skylar spends the summer in Malibu at her bullying cousin’s estate. She meets an intriguing classmate named Kat who claims to be a witch. Practical Skylar didn’t believe in magic–until the spells they perform in an abandoned garden actually begin to work.

One day inside the garden walls, they unearth an ancient key:

ancient keyWhat could it unlock? What’s your guess? If you have not read the book, leave a reply with your idea.

If you have read the book, leave a reply using Skylar’s secret code and tell me what the key unlocked. If you are a Skylar Robbins Secret Agent, please reply using your code name.

The first 3 correct answers win a prize!

Skylar’s Secret Code: A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, F=6, G=7, H=8, I=9, J=10, K=11, L=12, M=13, N=14, O=15, P=16, Q=17, R=18, S=19, T=20, U=21, V=22, W=23, X=24, Y=25, Z=26

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Drawing Contest!

camobinoculars_400x400Your illustration could be published in the next Skylar Robbins mystery! While hunting for the hidden jewels in her new adventure, Skylar found a treasure map, torn in several pieces. Some of them were hidden in a bird’s nest, and were fragile and a little bit shredded. I would like to include a picture of it in The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels. Can you draw the map, based on the description below?

A free pair of kid’s binoculars goes to the artist with the best drawing of the treasure map, and their illustration will be included in the next book. Please upload your drawings to the website and sign your Secret Agent code name. If you don’t have a code name, please fill out the Secret Agent Application Form (S.A.A.F.) on this website under “About Skylar.”

“Reaching up, I pulled the bird’s nest down and set it gently on the table. Then I carefully lifted out three soft pieces of dirty paper. They were stained and a little bit shredded, but I could still make out numbered footsteps on all three of them. After replacing the bird’s nest on the rafter, I picked up the fragile pile and cradled it between my hands while I raced upstairs to my office.

Sitting down at my desk, I unlocked my clue box and took out the partial map from the hidden floor, smoothing it out in front of me. I set the first torn piece of bird’s nest paper next to it. “Wait a minute,” I said aloud, picking up another piece. The footprints on the bird’s nest paper had the missing numbers on them. There were also some curving shapes on the strips that looked like C’s, other marks that looked like L’s, and a hexagon on the far side. I rearranged the papers until C-shapes met each other and formed whole circles, the L’s combined to form squares, and all of the footprints flowed in numerical order. Then I carefully taped the map together. There was still a big chunk of it missing. Smack or Ignado must have found it, I thought. That explains why they were looking in the greenhouse! It must be part of this clue.

And if they figured out there was a clue in there with just one small piece of the map, they aren’t as dumb as I thought.

After the final footprint there was an X. The same curved X that was written on the back of Xandra’s picture.

X marks the spot.”

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“That tree there is this circle,” I mumbled, “and the hexagon on the map must be the gazebo, so I have to go over there to start.” Even though the footsteps on the map seemed to lead toward the greenhouse, I figured I better follow them in order in case there were extra clues hidden along the way. I walked toward the side of the house opposite the canyon and backed up against the wall where the footsteps looked like they began.

Taking four steps, I curved to my left and took another three, then veered right for six. I hit the first tree marked on the map. I hunted around the base of the trunk and looked up carefully at every branch. No clues. I crossed behind the tree and went left five paces, then turned left for nine and walked to the right four steps. The gazebo was right in front of me. The hexagon. I’d already searched the gazebo and found the partial map. Besides that it was clean. From the gazebo, I headed sideways three steps, then forward six. I stopped at the doorway to the greenhouse, opened it, and walked inside.