Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets


Product Details

Acorn Publishing
Publish Date
March 05, 2020
5.51 X 8.5 X 0.47 inches | 0.59 pounds

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About the Author

The mystery genre took hold of Sherrill Joseph as a fifth grader when she discovered Nancy Drew and Phyllis A. Whitney mysteries. Years later, it still hasn't let go. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's in education, Sherrill spent the next thirty-five years as a K-12 literacy teacher. When she retired from teaching in 2013, the Botanic Hill Detectives and their mysteries finally sprang to life. Forever inspired by her beautiful students in the San Diego public schools, the author has peopled and themed the Botanic Hill Detectives mysteries with children of various abilities, cultures, races, and interests. She strongly believes that embracing diversity is the key to a better world. She created her detectives to be mature, smart, polite role models that will appeal to parents, teachers, and kids, who seek to realize their greatest potential with confidence. Sherrill is a native San Diegan where she lives in a 1928 Spanish-style house in a historic neighborhood with her poodle-bichon rescue, Jimmy Lambchop. In addition to her dog, the city of San Diego, reading and writing, the author loves her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She must also include dark chocolate, popcorn, old movies, the color purple, and daisies. Having never lived in a two-story house, she is naturally fascinated by staircases. She is a member of SCBWI, Blackbird Writers, Children's Literature Council of Southern California, and the Authors' Guild. She promises many more adventures with the squad to come. CONNECT WTH SHERRILL AND HER BOOKS HERE WWW.SHERRILLJOSEPH.COM And On Twitter @MysteryAuthor7, On Instagram @sherrilljosephauthor, On Facebook @BHDMysteriesAuthor On Pinterest @mysteryshewrote7


"The four protagonists are distinctly drawn. . . .The Egyptology element is intriguing and informative, with plenty of detail for Egypt enthusiasts. . . . Overall, Joseph has written a fine first volume with plenty of good backstory and clear series potential. A well-developed mystery in which young detectives have fun while saving the day." --Kirkus Reviews

"This story makes you feel like you are there. I love how it is written." --Liam, 5th grader from Macungie, Pennsylvania

"I rarely write reviews, but . . . as a child psychologist, I appreciate child literary characters who are both relatable and good role models. . . . I like that the kids are polite and do school work and chores. . . . the Botanic Hill neighborhood was a nice haven for kids' imaginations. . . . I like the way adults and kids interact. . . . " --N. Christine

"Sherrill Joseph has created characters so lovable and interesting that readers can't help but feel like they are personal friends. . . . the lessons they learn extend far beyond an Egyptian artifact. This is a story of friendship and determination that will keep kids glued until the end." --Sam Ashkenas, Author of The Sammy Dragon Series

"Once you enter the world of the Botanic Hill detectives, you'll be engaged, enlightened, and entranced. Readers will hungrily turn pages until the mystery is solved and be fascinated by the Egyptian history the author clevery weaves into this captivating story." --R.D.Kardon, Author of Flygirl

"Step aside Nancy Drew. There's a new crime solving squad in town! LOVED this book! Solid and endearing characters. A great, wholesome mystery with ancient Egypt overtones. A page turning fun read for all ages. As many twists and turns as an Egyptian cobra! Looking forward to the next Botanic Hill installment." --Sharon L.

"This was a fun and easy midde grade read. The four kids who make up the Botanic Hill Detectives are a very diverse group. So you not only learn about Egyptian Mythology in this story; you learn about the other cultures of these kids. . . . kids will learn and not even realize that they are learning." --Mary

". . . In this new series four best friends love solving mystereies together and learn a little about Egyptian history and reptiles. . . . fun facts kids will learn are: Hawaii has no snakes. Van Gogh had synesthesia. Egyptians had a cobra goddess named Wadjet. Komodo dragons have venom sacs in their mouth. At the end is a Hawaiian dictionary." --CM