Monday, December 14, 2015

Hats Off Corner Welcomes Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

It's great to be back and to kick off my return I'm welcoming Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson to the HATS OFF CORNER! 




Release date: DECEMBER 1, 2015
Delacorte Press/ Random House Kids Books
MIDDLE GRADE/ ages 10 and up
ISBN: 978-0-385-74471-3
Authors: Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson
Illustrator: Roman Muradov
Publicity Contact: Samuel Terris sterris@penguinrandomhouse.com

Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow is less than thrilled that her family is moving thousands of miles from civilization to the quiet country town of Ashpot, Connecticut, where she’s absolutely certain she’ll die of boredom. 



As if leaving Manhatten and her best friend, Lizzy, the only other member of the elite Detective Mystery Squad, weren’t bad enough, Fairday is stuck living in the infamous Begonia House, a creepy old Victorian with dark passageways, a gigantic dead willow tree, and a mysterious past. 




Before she can even unpack, strange music coming from behind a padlocked door leads Fairday up a spiral staircase and into a secret room, where she finds an ancient mirror, a brass key, and a curious portrait of a red-haired lady. These seemingly unrelated items prove to be the first in a series of clues that takes Fairday, the visiting Lizzy, and their new squad member, Marcus, on an amazing adventure.






Can the members of the Detective Mystery Squad piece together the puzzle before it’s too late? Or will whatever’s causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first? 




Catch the Book Buzz. . .


"I really enjoyed this book. It was a marvelously done, debut, thriller novel. Ms. Robinson and Ms. Haight are great authors that really pull you into their story. I couldn’t get out until that final sentence. And, by then I wanted more. To say I want a second book is an understatement. The writing style is compelling, and makes me feel as if I was there with Fairday and her friends. I really like the illustrations in the book. They are like the ribbon on a present, or the icing on the cake. I give this book five out of five bookworms!"
~ Erik Weibel/ This Kid Reviews Books  

"Mixing realism and fantasy, Haight and Robinson’s debut opens with 11-year-old Fairday’s move from Manhattan to a small town in Connecticut, where her relentlessly cheerful parents plan to turn a dilapidated Victorian into a bed and breakfast. No sooner has the family arrived than eerie sights and sounds begin to haunt Fairday. The house turns out to hold dark secrets that everybody in town suspects but nobody can explain: a perfect mission for Fairday and her best friend Lizzy’s Detective Mystery Squad (DMS)."
~ Publishers Weekly

"Fifth-grader Fairday Morrow's new home lives up to its spooky reputation, but she and her companions in the Detective Mystery Squad find out why. At Begonia House, strains of bagpipe music issue from behind a padlocked door, grains of sand in an hourglass have stopped falling, and a malevolent weeping willow looms in the backyard. A magic mirror shows an invisible door; a wardrobe hides secrets and a portal. Ruby Begonia vanished more than 50 years ago. Is there also a ghost? Fairday has a new, helpful friend in classmate Marcus, and her best friend Lizzy can visit on weekends to help solve the mystery. What more could readers want?"
~ Kirkus Reviews









JessicaHaight is a true New Englander, with a deep desire to be near the ocean and a love of the four seasons. She enjoys drawing while standing up and cultivating magic in her garden. She easily floats away in the pages of a good story and is still waiting for her owl from Hogwarts.


StephanieRobinson lives with her husband in a quiet town, though not as quaint as Ashpot. After teaching fifth grade for almost fifteen years, she is now enjoying her role as a school media specialist. 


Good luck you two. So happy you could visit with me today. 

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And here's my Christmas spirit showing. If you have young readers, I hope you'll take advantage of my 50% off sale on The Great Time Lock Disaster, Sequel to Alligators Overhead. Here's the coupon to use at SmashwordsSC99M

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Quote for the Week: "No one has ever become poor by giving." Anne Frank

71 comments:

  1. Big congratulations to Jess and Stephanie!
    And I like your quote of the week.

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    1. It seems like the right one for this time of year!

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    2. We agree with Alex- great quote! Thanks for the good wishes, Alex! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  2. Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie! I've been seeing them everywhere lately. :) Have a lovely week.

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    1. They're having a real blast off, aren't they?

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    2. Christine and Lee- We are having tons of fun visiting blogs and getting to see some readers we know and meeting more of them. We are glad to see you at another stop, Christine! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  3. Couldn't be happier for Jessica and Stephanie. I know they've been waiting for this release. :)

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    1. Kelly- You are right! We have been waiting for a long time for this release. So amazing that it is here. Thanks for the good wishes. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

      Lee- Thanks! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  4. Hi Lee - good to see you back and sharing Jess and Stephanie's book - it looks to be winning some readers ... love the thought of it - cheers Hilary

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    1. Always good to have new books to explore.

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    2. Hilary- We are thrilled to see you on another one of our stops. Thanks for the good wishes. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

      Lee- We couldn't agree more! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  5. Yay for Jess and Steph! They worked a long time for this and I'm so happy to see them everywhere! Great deal on the 50% off on your book. I'll tweet you when I can. Have a great week! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Lexa. You've been very supportive and I appreciate that.

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    2. Lexa- Thanks for your sweet words and support. We really appreciate it! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

      Lee- We agree with Lexa- awesome deal! We will help spread the word too! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    1. Thanks, Dezmond! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  7. Ha, ha, Lee. We sure did the same post, except I forgot the pretty red shoes. A great quote too. So true.
    Welcome back.

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    1. Beverly- Thanks for visiting us here too. You did an amazing job on your post! The shoes are there in spirit. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  8. They are everywhere! And look at those big reviews. Gosh, that is incredible.

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    1. Chrys- Awww! What a wonderful comment. Glad to see you on another one of our stops and thanks for all the kind words. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  9. They are everywhere! And look at those big reviews. Gosh, that is incredible.

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  10. Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie!
    Glad to have you back, Lee.

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    1. Patricia Lynne- Thanks so much! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  11. Yay for the awesome Jess & Steph!!!
    Love the reviews!!

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    1. Jemi- Thanks for the good wishes and enthusiasm. We appreciate your support! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  12. I'm in the middle of reading this book. It's really good!

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    1. Sherry- Yeah! Glad you are enjoying it so far. Happy Reading! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  13. Lee- We are glad you are feeling better. Thanks so much for having us on your blog. It is so much fun to catch up with your readers and we really appreciate all your support. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  14. Great quote indeed, except maybe if you're a cat, they don't share lol

    Congrats once more to both at their shore!

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    1. Thanks, Pat! :) ~Jess and Stpehanie

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  15. That sounds like a great read! Reminds me of all the Judy Blume books I loved as a kid.

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    1. Elizabeth- Thanks so much! We both loved Judy Blume growing up. :) ~Jess and Stpehanie

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  16. Congratulations! The book looks and sounds great!

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    1. L.G. Keltner- Thanks so much! We are so happy this sounds like a good book to you. :) ~Jess and Stpehanie

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  17. Seeing this book on another blog, again I say congrats to both Jessica and Stephanie.
    Great post Lee.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Nashvillecats2- Wonderful to see you on another blog and thanks for your good wishes! :) ~Jess and Stpehanie

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  18. Love the Anne Frank quote! So true. So welcome back! What a great way to reconnect!

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  19. They had an amazing blog tour. I plan on reading this over my holiday break.

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    1. Medeia- We are so lucky that the blogging community has been helping us spread the word. Such amazing people! Thanks for all your support. :) We hope you enjoy The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow when you read it. ~Stephanie and Jess

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    1. Thanks, D. Biswas! :) ~Jess and Stpehanie

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  21. Glad you are back, Lee.
    Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie!

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    1. Yvonne- Thanks! :) ~Jess and Stpehanie

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  22. Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie - you can't beat a haunted house :-)

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    1. Annalisa- Thanks for the good wishes and we agree- haunted houses are fascinating. :) ~Jess and Stpehanie

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  23. Sweet youtube presentation. The foggy mist alligators and mystery mansion, Perfect!

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  24. This book sounds awesome. They're doing a great job with the marketing - I've seen a few posts about it already. Good luck, Jessica and Stephanie!

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    1. JH MOncrieff- It has been wonderful seeing you at so many of the stops on our tour. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  25. Great post. Wishing Jessica and Stephanie a successful journey.

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  26. Congrats to Jess and Stephanie! The book looks like such a fun read.

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    1. Cherie- Thanks for the good wishes. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  27. Congratulations to Jessica and Stephanie! I don't see how they can go wrong with an antique key and a mysterious portrait of a missing woman!!!

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    1. Dianne- Glad you like our clues! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  28. Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie - they are both fantastic and i hope their novel does well. It sounds like loads of fun!

    Also, love your quote at the end. So very true. :)

    -Lauren

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    1. Lauren- Aww! Thanks for your sweet comment and the good wishes. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    1. Thanks, Tyrean! Nice to see you here! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  30. Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie! Their new release sounds like such a fun and spooky read...

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    1. Heather, Thanks so much! :) Stephanie and Jess

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  31. There really is a lot of book buzz over this book and for good reason. Love the excerpt. I lived these types of stories when I was a kid... in my imagination.

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    1. Joylene- So glad you enjoyed the excerpt! It is fun to get lost in our imaginations. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  32. Hopefully, I will be allowed to comment this time. I know I wrote one of my amazingly thoughtful comments and hey presto, I couldn't publish it.

    This time, yes, this time I get to repeat myself and say yay to Stephanie and Jess! :)

    Gary, cautiously pressing publish.....

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    1. Yay, it worked. Thank you, Lee.

      Your starstruckest fan, Gary!

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    2. Gary- Thanks so much for the shout out! So happy to see you at another stop on our tour. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  33. I love the classic mystery setup of this one. Good luck to them, and to you with your sale!

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    1. Shannon- We love classic mysteries too! Thanks for the good wishes. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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