The Wormwood Mysteries: Secret of Lake Falls by Kimberly Palmucci

Welcome to the start of a new series by Kimberly Palmucci. Secret of Lake Falls is the first book in Palmucci’s The Wormwood Mysteries series. It features kitten sisters Mayra and Rosie Wormwood, who have arrived at the Lake Falls Animal Shelter, only to discover that someone–or something–is chasing away potential adopters. It is up to Mayra, Rosie and the animals at the shelter to uncover the culprit so they can find their fur-ever homes.

Palmucci has found her niche in writing children’s stories about rescue animals. This is her first time delving into the middle grade market, and she presents a strong offering filled with mystery, friendship, and resourceful animals with tons of unique personalities.

The covers on this and the next book in the series are so clever. The cover for Secret of Lake Falls captures the characters and the setting perfectly, while giving the reader a sense of the ominous happenings going on at the shelter.

Young readers will enjoy getting to know Mayra, Rosie, and all their friends as they try to solve the mystery. I am eager to read the next book, Beyond the Cliff’s Edge.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher : Independently published (January 24, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 204 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1658726332
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1658726337

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

First Chapter Review: The Wormwood Mysteries: Beyond the Cliff’s Edge by Kimberly Palmucci

This first chapter review is from the middle grade mystery, The Wormwood Mysteries: Beyond the Cliff’s Edge by Kimberly Palmucci. I’ve read Palmucci’s picture books, so she asked me if I wanted to read books 1 and 2 of this series. I am currently reading the first book The Wormwood Mysteries series, Secret of Lake Falls. Beyond the Cliff’s Edge is the second book, which I purchased from Amazon.

BLURB: After being adopted, kitten sisters Mayra and Rosie Wormwood arrive at their fur-ever home and quickly settle in with their new brother and sister, Lucky and Princess. But the kittens have no idea that something else lives in this seemingly cozy house in the middle of the woods—something that only comes out at night.

When several items go missing from the house, and a raccoon disappears from the jagged cliffs in the forest nearby, it’s up to the kittens and their new friends to solve the mystery before time runs out. Will the animals figure out what lies beyond the cliff’s edge? Or will they end up taking a leap of faith to survive?

COVER: Just like the first book in this series, the cover features the outline of animals from the story with the background featuring the setting. These are sharp looking and adorable.

FIRST CHAPTER: Barry is scrounging through the trash cans at the end of the long driveway of a house in the middle of the woods. Hungry, he ran off by himself to find a late night snack. He might end up regretting that decision.

KEEP READING: Definitely. This first chapter sets up the mystery Mayra and Rosie will be investigating and propels the story forward.

Reading Now – The Wormwood Mysteries: Secret of Lake Falls by Kimberly Palmucci

The adoptable pets at Lake Falls Animal Shelter are eagerly awaiting their fur-ever homes, but someone—or something—is chasing those chances away. After a series of potential adopters run screaming from the shelter, the animals know their only hope is to band together to discover the cause of terror in the building.As the weather grows increasingly ominous, so do the suspicions surrounding the mystery. It’s up to kitten sisters Mayra and Rosie Wormwood and their friends in the shelter to chase clues, overcome their fears, and fight for their chance at a happy future. Can the animals solve the mystery before an endless darkness sets upon this quiet countryside shelter? Or has the last adoption already happened at Lake Falls?

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Haunted Waters and Stolen Secrets by Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry

Watch out! The Timberline twins are on the loose. Bryce and Ashley are ATV-riding tweens from Colorado who unearth action-packed mystery and adventure wherever they go. From clearing the name of a local miscreant to thwarting a gold-stealing heist, the twins’ growing faith and the strong example of their parents guide them through even the most life-threatening situations. With the trademark page-turner style used by Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry in the Left Behind: The Kids series, these fast-paced books will keep even reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Readers will definitely be hooked! Perfect for ages 8-12.


 

A crazy, wild ride from a deserted mining town makes it clear that someone’s after Bryce and Ashley Timberline.

Will they survive long enough to find out who it is?

Published: April 7, 2020
Binding: Softcover
Trim Size: 5.25 x 7.25 in.
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-1-4964-4938-2

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Bryce and Ashley Timberline wonder what their stepdad is hiding. As they discover more about his past, the twins fear all is not as it seems.

What isn’t their stepdad telling them?

Published: April 7, 2020
Binding: Softcover
Trim Size: 5.25 x 7.25 in.
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-1-4964-4939-9

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The Mystery of Broken Spur Ranch by Barbara Bockman

A long-standing family quarrel leads two cousins on a treasure hunting adventure in The Mystery of Broken Spur Ranch by Barbara Bockman.

After the death of his grandfather, James and his parents fly from India to the family ranch for the reading of his will. Fifteen years ago, differences between James’s father, Gerald, and his Uncle Lawrence over the running of the ranch divided the brothers, and Gerald left to create a new life outside of the States. The family’s return to Broken Spur Ranch shows the brothers’ stubbornness remains alive and well.

Before his death, Grandfather Hanover devised a plan to reunite his sons with the help of their children. James and his cousin, Thomas, must work together to solve grandfather’s riddle and save the ranch … and their families.

I loved everything about this story. It brings together two boys brought up in different parts of the world who must work together despite their cultural differences. The boys are tasked with a tall order considering James knows nothing about ranch life and doesn’t even ride. Thomas seems to have the advantage, but he still must learn to lean on James’s abilities if he wants to solve the riddle. The hardest part: can the two boys find a way to end the long-standing disagreement between their fathers and save the ranch? The stakes don’t get much higher than that.

The Mystery of Broken Spur Ranch has a fun cast of characters, an interesting plot, and a great ending. The story moves along at a good pace, and the mystery keeps the reader moving forward. This is not the first book I’ve read from Bockman. I certainly hope it won’t be my last. She knows how to tell a story that engages young readers.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: Independently published (August 9, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1079783563
ISBN-13: 978-1079783568

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.