Eleven year old Taya Bayliss is not happy that her family has moved from the city to Bascombe’s Bay, a tiny fishing village. She has only been in her new home for a few hours when she finds herself mixed up in a fifty year old mystery.
She meets Mae Evans, an elderly lady, who because of a long ago love seems to hold the key to the treasure. But is there really a treasure or is it all just imagination?
Two local boys certainly think there is a hidden fortune and spend their time stalking Mae in an effort to get her to lead them to it. They soon turn their attentions to Taya as well making life more difficult for her.
Taya is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and to help Mae out of her difficulties but the clues don’t seem to add up.
Finally on a night when Taya breaks her parents’ rules and puts herself and Mae in danger, she is able to make the connections and solve the mystery.
Self published author of short novels, mystery stories aiming to bridge the gap between picture books and novels for 7 – 12 year olds. As a now retired teacher of 30+ years experience I have seen children struggle to make the transition from picture books to novels which is required of them as part of their educational journey. They find it difficult to go from books where the pictures provide the cues and connections to the text to books where there is a lot of text and where they have to create the pictures in their minds to make the connections. They often become frustrated and lose interest in reading. My stories are short, approx 50 pages, get themselves told quickly but do not talk down to the young readers. They are about real children who do not have any special powers other than their own wits with which to deal with interesting/challenging situations.