The Dark Skies Mystery: A World War II Thriller

by Deron R. Hicks

On Sale: 07/30/2024

The Dark Skies Mystery: A World War II Thriller

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The Dark Skies Mystery: A World War II Thriller

by Deron R. Hicks

On Sale: 07/30/2024

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Junior Library Guild Selection

About the Book

It's 1942, and the United States is at war. Henry Hamilton is an inquisitive twelve-year-old who dreams of being a reporter. Pursuing a story for his school newspaper, Henry’s investigation soon leads to a mysterious room inside his town's famous Biltmore Mansion. The mystery only grows deeper when he uncovers the secret of the room’s contents. As Henry pursues the story, hoping for his first real scoop, he encounters spies, dark forests, hidden tunnels, enemy saboteurs, famous artists, and even a long-dead president of the United States.

Based on a true event, this middle grade mystery features a WWII home front setting complete with frightening blackouts and great uncertainty; the timeless fascination of Biltmore House, the Vanderbilt family mansion; and the intrigue of the Nazis as art thieves, all woven into the empowering story of a boy who aspires to publish the truth. 

Critical Praise

(The Van Gogh Deception) "A mash-up of high culture, high tech, mystery and action . . . readers ages 9-13 will relish every surprise turnabout." — Wall Street Journal

(The Van Gogh Deception) "A suspenseful mystery romp with art appreciation and heartening trust in readers' intelligence." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

(The Rembrandt Conspiracy) "[A] mixture of propulsive plotting, dynamic character work, and nifty art facts."  — Kirkus Reviews

(The Crown Heist) "Another strong entry in a consistently appealing series. The balance of character work, nifty art facts, and propulsive mystery-solving remains impeccable. Fans will be delighted." — Kirkus Reviews

(The Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave) "A fine traditional mystery with a modern sensibility." — Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063306417
  • ISBN 10: 0063306417
  • Imprint: Clarion Books
  • On Sale: 07/30/2024
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Art & Architecture
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION: Spies & Spying

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