The Mystery of Shadow Hills: Now 99 Cents!

To celebrate the release of my next book, SKYLAR ROBBINS: THE MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN JEWELS (November 2014) I am offering SKYLAR ROBBINS: THE MYSTERY OF SHADOW HILLS for 99 cents on Nook and Kindle throughout July and August! Please help me spread the word. Autographed copies of The Mystery of Shadow Hills are available for $8.99 plus postage, and come with a FREE pair of kid’s binoculars! Please email me through the contact form below for details. Book 2 cover finalSkylar Robbins: The Mystery of Shadow HIlls

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Boys Like it Too!

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Drawing Contest!

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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.

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Random Clue from The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels

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Skylar Robbins will discover this clue in The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels. She needs her Secret Agents’ help to decipher the clues in this upcoming adventure. Please post your guesses in the comments using your secret code name and secret agent number.

Skylar replies to her readers

In a recent interview, 5 Skylar readers who became her secret agents (to participate interactively in the next book, THE MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN JEWELS) answered several questions. One was, “If you could ask Skylar a personal question, what would it be?”
3 of her fans answered:
Does she ever wear dresses?
How many adventures in total have you solved?
Will she be my friend?

Here is how Skylar replied:
Does she ever wear dresses?
Yes! When I go to a party, a dance, or out to dinner I almost always wear a dress, or a skirt and a cute matching top. But when hunting for clues, I usually wear jeans. You can get pretty dirty searching a dusty attic or a forgotten garden for evidence. Black fingerprinting powder gets all over your hands and can really mess up your clothes. So casual is best when you’re working a case.

How many adventures in total have you solved?
I’ve been working on cases since I was a little kid, helping my Grampa. He was a cop before he went undercover, and he taught me everything I know about solving crimes. So my adventures are really too many to count. But stay tuned. After the Mystery of the Hidden Jewels, I get tangled up in the Mystery of the Missing Heiress, which–believe it or not–is even more dangerous! After that, it’s the Curse of Koma Island. I almost don’t get off of the island alive.

Will she be my friend?
Of course I will. Anyone who enjoys mysteries, adventure, hunting for clues, and solving crimes is a definite friend of mine. And if you filled out the S.A.A.F. (Secret Agent Application Form) and have a code name, you have already proven that you have mad detective skills and have my back. Get ready for our next case. It’s going to be a wild ride!
Love, Skylar