Youth novel of the week: Three Secrets by Adrian H Perkins
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- Published on Tuesday, 26 September 2023 11:32
- Last Updated on 26 September 2023
- Monica Costa
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Bringing his ghoulish adventurers Sarah and David back to literary life, the three investigations that lay ahead for this gutsy duo are guaranteed to hit the spot for today’s savvy and discerning young readers.
With a perennial passion for all things paranormal (and a host of books published on real-life ghostly sightings and happenings), Adrian Perkins’ in depth understanding of his subject matter ensures that his writing remains credible, whilst still encouraging its readership to delve deep into their own imaginations.
Aimed at readers aged 9 to 99 Three Secrets makes a perfect Christmas gift for all those passionate about ghosts and the unexplainable. It will also leave many hoping that more adventures are in the pipeline for Sarah and David.
With two main characters – Sarah aged 12 and David ten, fate appears to have thrown the pair together and slowly they form a unique friendship, which has one overriding thing in common. Both find themselves unable to resist investigating tales of ghosts, treasure and mystery.
Set on three adventures that will test these two young detectives to the very limits of their ability; can they survive the first? Decipher the second? And solve the third?
With unexpected plot twists and turns aplenty, can Sarah and David do what they do best, and solve these three very different mysteries?
The author says:
“Three Secrets is the rewriting of three children’s stories I wrote and published many years ago.
“Back in the 90s I had major spinal surgery and was in a cast for months, and during this time I had lots of time to think. I remembered those sunny summer days when my two sons had their friends come to visit and play in the back garden. Out came the paddling pool, toy cars, and bicycles. Even our Labrador dog, Barney, wasn’t safe from little girls trying to dress him up. That dog had the patience of a saint. It was while observing this imaginary world the children would conjure up that stories started to form in my mind.
“Having published and sold hundreds of my ghost detective books, Three Secrets is my first serious children’s book.”
Three Secrets (ISBN No. 9780995501133) is available in paperback (priced £10.00) through any High street book-store.
Or pre-order signed copies from the Author’s website, www.ghost-detective.com
You can also pre-order the digital version on Amazon at https://amzn.eu/d/d1rU069
The book launch will be hosted by Jeyes of Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, www.jeyesofearlsbarton.co.uk at 12.00 on the 2nd of December 2023.
Author Adrian H Perkins has lived and worked in Northamptonshire all his life, but writing was never on his radar. Being dyslexic was a real problem at school, but on leaving school in 1972 he found a determination to succeed that simply grew and grew. Meeting his wife Denise was a real turning point in his life and she encouraged him to be the best at whatever he wanted to do.
After his reading improved, he read more and more books until one day he said to Denise, “I’m going to write a book”. After stunned silence his wife simply said, “OK, do it”. However, life can sometimes throw us off track and Three Secrets came to life in an unusual way. In the 90s Adrian had major spinal surgery and was in a cast for months, during this time he had lots of time to think. He remembered back to sunny summer days when his two sons had their friends come to visit and play in the back garden. Out came the paddling pool, toy cars, and bicycles. Even his Labrador dog, Barney, wasn’t safe from little girls trying to dress him up. Adrian said that dog had the patience of a saint. It was while observing this imaginary world the children would conjure up that stories started to form in Adrian’s mind.
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