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I am so excited to be a part of another book cover reveal! The book is Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse by Sherrill Joseph and is the latest Botanic Hill Detective Mystery Book. The book will be coming out this fall and it is perfect for all you Nancy Drew fans!
I don’t normally discuss children’s books on this blog. I like to stick to YA and older. However, this book is tailored to middle school kids, so I thought it was close enough. Most of the books I read were from the YA genre while I was in middle school. Plus, I absolutely love the cover, and that’s what a good book cover reveal is all about isn’t it?
All About Eucalyptus Street
Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse is set in 1945. Isabela de Cordoba’s great-grandfather, the famous silent movie actor Lorenzo de Cordoba, mysteriously hid a legendary, multimillion-dollar emerald somewhere on the family’s sprawling Eucalyptus Street estate.
Seventy years later, the gem remains concealed. Nicknamed the “Green Curse,” the emerald is blamed for the Southern California familia’s numerous, untimely deaths. On her twenty-first birthday, Isabela receives a secret letter with a cryptic poem.
These documents from the long-deceased Lorenzo invite her to hunt for the gemstone. But first, she must decipher the poem’s eight stanzas for clues. To assist, Isabela hires her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the four Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, and their best friends, Moki Kalani and Rani Kumar.
Eerie footsteps inside the mansion, unexplained occurrences in the adjacent cemetery, and the mysterious tenant in the backyard casita challenge them. But they ingeniously make progress on the poem’s meaning with startling discoveries.
Sliding wall panels, a secret room, and hidden passages reveal much. The detectives aren’t the only ones looking for the emerald. The perilous race for the de Cordoba treasure is on!
What People Think About This Book
I am always telling you guys about my thoughts on a book. And I will continue to do so throughout this post. But, I thought it would be interesting to show you what other people are thinking too. Here are some quotes from people who have already read the book. These are just a couple of the quotes that will be seen on the back cover of the book when it is released this fall:
GREEN CURSE is a spooky mystery that starts during a lightning storm in a big empty mansion. The tension ratchets up continuously as the story goes, alluding to ghosts, vampires, tombstones, graves, and a scary old woman that could be a witch. There’s a mystery within the mystery, a broad range of diverse characters, and interesting lore about gemstones of antiquity. My 12-year-old son and I recommend this page-turner that we just had to finish in one day!
BEN GARTNER, author of The Eye of Ra series
This book was shocking, fun, and clever. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time. One of the best books I have ever read!
LIAM M.,age 11, Macungie, PA
Some Background Info
So, as you can see, people already have quite a few good things to say about it too. As I mentioned earlier, Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse is the latest Botanic Hill Detective Mystery book. The first book of this cute mystery series came out earlier this year.
Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets starts when world-famous Egyptologist Dr. Winston Thornsley died suddenly two months ago in disgrace. His widow, Ida Thornsley, remains convinced her husband was falsely accused of stealing an ancient burial urn he discovered in Egypt last summer, but local and federal law enforcement officers are stumped.
Mrs. Thornsley, desperate for answers, calls in her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, Moki Kalani, and Rani Kumar. Their exciting mission? To find the urn and its real thief, bring the criminal to justice, and exonerate Dr. Thornsley so his spotless reputation can be restored.
A roomful of venomous snakes, the poisoned Egyptian pond, and Dragon Pit Man are just a few of the tests awaiting the four tech-savvy teenagers. As the detectives begin to unravel the sinister plot, the mystery takes a dangerous turn. Answers are at their fingertips—if they can only convince their parents to let them solve the case.
Now, this book has a 5-star rating on Goodreads currently. I mean I literally went and checked. So, with that rating, this next book ought to be great too! At least that is my thought when it comes to these books. Okay, I think I have drug this on long enough. Now its time for the actual reveal! Are you ready? I hope you are because here it is!
And Now For The Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse Cover Reveal!
Doesn’t this cover look amazing? I think it does. I especially like that it kept a similar look to the first mystery book. Notice how the kids are positioned similarly in both books. I also love the covers, it is very eye-catching but not blinding. It looks like they are in a mansion or museum which is perfect since the book starts out in a mansion.
About The Author, Sherrill Jones
Now that I have ranted on about the book, I figured I should also tell you a little bit about the author of the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries.
Sherrill Joseph will be forever inspired by her beautiful students in the San Diego public schools where she taught for thirty-five years before retiring and becoming a published author. She has peopled and themed the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries with children and adult characters of various abilities, races, cultures, and interests. Sherrill strongly believes that children need to find not only themselves in books but others from different races and social situations if all are to become tolerant, anti-racist world citizens.
In addition, the author created her detectives—patterned after her own fifth-grade students and twelve-year-old twin cousins—to be mature, smart, polite role models that will appeal to parents, teachers, but especially to kids who seek to realize their greatest potential with courage and self-respect. Sherrill is a lexical-gustatory synesthete and native San Diegan where she lives in a 1928 Spanish-style house in a historic neighborhood with her poodle-bichon mix, Jimmy Lambchop.
Other loves include her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She can’t leave out dark chocolate, popcorn, old movies, purple, and daisies. Having never lived in a two-story house, she is naturally fascinated by staircases. Sherrill is a member of SCBWI and the Authors Guild and promises many more adventures with the squad to come.
I love that her books are mysteries and her photo looks mysterious too. I think you can tell she enjoys the genre just by her photo. If you want to learn more about the author, you can do so by checking out the links below:
Let’s Talk About It!
What did you think of this book cover reveal? I need to know! Okay, I don’t really need to know, but it would be awesome to hear your thoughts. I love doing these so also tell me if you want me to start doing more of them! Let me know in the comments below!
This blog tour was organized by R &R Book Tours. I love working with them and they always have a slew of interesting books for me to bring your way. Check out this other tour I did with them here!
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