Isabela de Cordoba calls upon the Botanic Hill Detectives (13 year olds Lanny, Lexi, Rani and Moki) to search her family home for a missing emerald that has cursed her family for generations. But someone else is also looking for the gem: who will find the missing treasure first?
Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse is the second book in Sherrill Joseph’s Botanic Hill Detectives series (I have previously reviewed book 1 Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets). This would work as a stand alone but there are some spoilers about events in the first book so I’d advise reading them in order.
This book has a classic feel to it due to the setting in an old mansion and the treasure hunt with clues to decipher. I compared the first book to Enid Blyton’s ‘Mystery of …’ books that I adored as a child and that thought continues with this one.
The series is aimed at 9-12 year olds and should appeal equally to boys and girls as they will be able to identify with and aspire to be the young teen detectives. The gentle teasing between the four children is realistic and I think the respectful attitude towards adults is a nice touch to subtly teach manners.
Hidden passages, secret rooms and suspicious characters kept the plot moving along and children will be able to follow the clues and try to guess the next solution. There is a subplot about other gems going missing and I felt that this was superfluous as the main mystery was enough to maintain interest.
Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse is a fun children’s book that will entertain readers of all ages.
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Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse
Publication Date: October 20, 2020 (Today
Genre: MG Mystery/ Middle Grade
(For fans of Nancy Drew type mysteries)
In 1945, Isabela de Cordoba’s great-grandfather, the famous silent movie actor Lorenzo de Cordoba, mysteriously hid a legendary, multimillion-dollar emerald somewhere on the family’s sprawling Eucalyptus Street estate. Seventy years later, the gem remains concealed. Nicknamed the “Green Curse,” the emerald is blamed for the Southern California familia’s numerous, untimely deaths.
On her twenty-first birthday, Isabela receives a secret letter with a cryptic poem. These documents from the long-deceased Lorenzo invite her to hunt for the gemstone. But first, she must decipher the poem’s eight stanzas for clues.
To assist, Isabela hires her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the four Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, and their best friends, Moki Kalani and Rani Kumar. Eerie footsteps inside the mansion, unexplained occurrences in the adjacent cemetery, and the mysterious tenant in the backyard casita challenge them. But they ingeniously make progress on the poem’s meaning with startling discoveries. Sliding wall panels, a secret room, and hidden passages reveal much. The detectives aren’t the only ones looking for the emerald. The perilous race for the de Cordoba treasure is on!
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Lanny is awakened at four a.m. by the sound of footsteps coming from the room overhead. He and Moki head to the third floor to explore:
Their eyes had adjusted to the darkness. Lanny pointed to the door of the suspected room and flashed Moki an A-OK sign. They turned off their flashlights, noticing the room’s door was slightly ajar, and listened for any sounds. Nothing but the mournful “who-who” sound of the resident barn owl in the old magnolia tree outside. They waited two more minutes, shivering and wishing they hadn’t forgotten their bathrobes and slippers. Still no sounds came from the room. Even the owl became silent. Moki felt the hair on the back of his neck stand up.
Finally, Lanny pushed the door open slightly and slipped into the room. Moki followed.
About the Author
Sherrill Joseph will be forever inspired by her beautiful students in the San Diego public schools where she taught for thirty-five years before retiring and becoming a published author.
She has peopled and themed the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries with children and adult characters of various abilities, races, cultures, and interests. Sherrill strongly believes that children need to find not only themselves in books but others from different races and social situations if all are to become tolerant, anti-racist world citizens.
In addition, the author created her detectives—patterned after her own fifth-grade students and twelve-year-old twin cousins—to be mature, smart, polite role models that will appeal to parents, teachers, but especially to kids who seek to realize their greatest potential with courage and self-respect.
Sherrill is a lexical-gustatory synesthete and native San Diegan where she lives in a 1928 Spanish-style house in a historic neighborhood with her poodle-bichon mix, Jimmy Lambchop. Other loves include her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She can’t leave out dark chocolate, popcorn, old movies, purple, and daisies. Having never lived in a two-story house, she is naturally fascinated by staircases. Sherrill is a member of SCBWI and the Authors Guild and promises many more adventures with the squad to come.
2 lucky winners will receive a signed, personalized paperback copy of the book, and some matching book swag (US only this time)! Giveaway will be open until October 31st!
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