Welcome to Dinswood Academy! The Secret of Dinswood (book one in The Dinswood Chronicles) by Ellen Alexander is a coming-of-age mystery series for middle graders (10+) that blends the intrigue of Nancy Drew, the comradery and lasting friendships in Harry Potter, and the fun and adventure in the cult classic movie The Goonies into a fresh and modern read for today’s kids! The content is age appropriate and rated PG, so parents will feel good about what their child is reading, and the clue hunts are exciting and fun, involving the reader.
Desperate to get away from a home where she no longer feels wanted, twelve-year-old Emma Higsby is elated when she wins a scholarship to the prestigious Dinswood Academy boarding school. Emma quickly falls in love with the renovated castle nestled in the heart of the mountains. But when rumors surface that her new school is having financial problems and may have to close, she begins to search for a way to save her new home.
When Emma discovers a riddle of buried treasure left by the eccentric school’s founder, Lord Dinswood, she and her friends must use their courage and intelligence to solve each clue. The only problem is someone else is searching for the treasure as well. Emma and her friends will have to race against time and discover the secret of Dinswood first!
Reviewers Are Loving The Secret of Dinswood!
“I loved this wonderful adventure! …just the kind of book I wish I had read more of when I was actually in my middle grade years.” — Avalinah’s Books
“This rollicking story for middle grades was full of excitement and suspense.” — Sandy McPherson, LibraryThing Early Reviewers
“A great fun read about making friends and adventure… Really enjoyable.” — Tara Keating, Bookish Dreams Blog
“This was such a fun book! I’ve always been a fan of books that take place at schools ever since reading Harry Potter as a child. I loved reading about all the adventures of every day life at Dinswood, and of course the hunt for the treasure left me on the edge of my seat. Each new clue had a new more dangerous adventure. I hope to read more about the gangs future years at Dinswood.” — Stephanie Friedman, NetGalley Reviewer
This is a great book for middle graders and adults both. I enjoyed this read…” — Jo Ann Hakola, The Book Faerie & Member of IOBA
This fun mystery series will appeal to readers and fans of the Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, The Door in the Dragon’s Throat by Frank E. Peretti, and the Nancy Drew and Harry Potter series.
The Secret of Dinswood is available worldwide in hardcover (978-1-948540-48-3, 408 pages, $26.95) trade softcover, (978-1-947727-55-7, 408 pages, $15.95), and ebook (978-1-948540-36-0, ebook, $7.99) at fine booksellers and retailers. Order direct from Ingram, Overdrive, or publisher’s website.
About Ellen Alexander: Ellen Alexander was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. After graduation, she and her husband Jim moved to Dixon, Missouri, where they raised their three sons. Ellen taught high school chemistry in Dixon for twenty-six years. Now retired, Ellen spends her time writing and enjoying her grandchildren.
About BHC Press: BHC Press is an award-winning independent publisher of general fiction and nonfiction hardcover, softcover, and ebooks for YA and adults. To learn more about Ellen Alexander and BHC Press, visit the publisher’s website.