Hi Guys, I am so pleased to reveal the new cover for the latest Botanic Hill Detectives Mystery Book, Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse by Sherrill Joseph. Coming this Fall!!!
Thank you to #RRBookTours for letting me be a part of this stunning cover real, I just know the kids are going to love it.
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 neighbours, 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!
Green curse is a spooky mystery that starts during a lightening storm in a big empty mansion. The tension ratchets up continuously as the story goes, alluding to ghosts, vampires, tombstones, graves and a scary old woman that could be a witch. There’s a mystery within the mystery, a broad range of diverse characters, and interesting lore about gemstones of antiquity. My 12 year old son and I recommend this page turner that we just had to finish in one day. – Ben Gartner, author of The eye of Ra series.
This book was shocking, fun and clever. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time. One of the best books I have ever read – Liam M. Age 11, Macungie, PA
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.
Thank you for reading 🙂