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Mystery on Mount Dusk (Mount Dusk Mysteries) Paperback – September 25, 2015
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About the Author
When Aleah Taylor was four years old she told her mother that she was going to be an author and make beautiful books for everyone to enjoy. That passion has never left her. She finished writing her first book, a work of juvenile fiction, at eighteen and finished her next book, a work of literary fiction, at twenty one.
Aleah says her motivation is an overwhelming surge of creativity and a very deep love for literature. Also an artist and lover of Tudor and Victorian history, Aleah lives in Canberra with her son Tommi.
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One word describes this mood author, Aleah Taylor conjures up in her novel, Mystery on Mount Dusk: eerie. Almost a Halloween mood. We follow George and his sister, Maggie as they explore their new town, having just moved there with their parents, the Muttons. In a strange new house eerie events begin to occur as they first see the odd family portraits lining a hallway. Who are these people? On their first day of school they make friends and enemies, among them twins Yvonne and Charlie Redwin. As Ms. Taylor states in her Acknowledgements, what follows is a tale of "adventure, friendship and family." The story offers so many positive lessons for children. They help their parents, their teachers, and the strange tree people with an unfailing sense of duty. They are determined to solve the mystery of the ancient circus family while fending off Charlie's evil Uncle Hubert. They must learn the spells and incantations in the heavy book they find in the old castle, Charlie's creepy home and choose sides in the battle between the ancient Redwin and Regale families. After all "How do you act around a haunted tree? "Lurking dangers, sinister spells, and family feuds will all pull young readers into their battle which ends in a rousing finale of chants and plants. And thank goodness when all this is over, we can read the first few pages of the next adventure for George and his friends and family, Mystery in Stormy Valley.
When I was young I loved reading the mysteries solved by detectives like Nancy Drew and Judy Bolton and the Hardy Boys. Ms. Taylor takes these old detective plots and enlivens them with a twist of magic and leads us up the eerie Mount Dusk with George and his pals. Another treat for readers is the fact that Ms. Taylor lives in Canberra, Australia so it's fun to learn new vocabulary like George's sweater which he calls a "jumper," his dinner he prepares of "beans on toast," and his "torch" which Americans call a flashlight.
Mystery on Mount Dusk is a great choice for young readers. If you order now, maybe you'll have it in their hands by the witching hour! My will be done!