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The Secret of Bailey's Chase Paperback – October 1, 2008
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A fun-filled adventure. Magic, mystery, and a bit of mayhem. A fantastic read! --Okeechobee Book Reviews
Marlis Day offers a wonderful journey into the imaginative mind of the preteen child. â¦ well written and should appeal to both girls and boys in the upper elementary years. I applause Ms. Day who pulls together a delightful adventure story which stimulates the young reader. --Readers Favorites
Marlis Day offers a wonderful journey into the imaginative mind of the preteen child. … well written and should appeal to both girls and boys in the upper elementary years. I applause Ms. Day who pulls together a delightful adventure story which stimulates the young reader. --Readers Favorites
About the Author
Marlis Day loved reading books about adventurous kids when she was a child. Like Sparky and Grey Bailey, she enjoyed riding her bike around looking for a mystery to solve. She imagined having dangerous and magical adventures like the two girl heroines in the town of Bailey s Chase. When she was an adult, she became a teacher and read exciting books to all of her students. She wrote three mysteries for adults. This is her first book for middle-age kids. She hopes they will delight in it. The author lives with her husband in the rolling hills of southern Indiana where she is working on the next book about Sparky and Grey Bailey. She loves to visit schools and read to kids.
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Bailey's Chase was named for Granny Bailey, an old woman with blue eyes which changed colors and hair that seemed to throw off sparks. Everyone loved Granny Bailey, whose wisdom could cure small ills; whose hospitality made everyone feel welcome at her door; and whose love of animals extended to her being able to communicate with them. Granny was beloved by all, and when she died her gifts didn't surface again until a tragedy brought her two great-great-great-granddaughters together:
"'Hi, I'm Sparky,' the girl said, holding out her hand and staring curiously at Grey's face.
'Do you know that your hair's on FIRE?' Grey asked while shaking hands.
Nobody else seemed to notice anything out of the ordinary. She thought she must be tired and seeing things. Hallucinating, that's what people called it. Grey had read about people hallucinating when they got tired, but she had never done it. She shook her head and blinked, making sure she was awake.
'My hair's not on fire,' the girl said with a giggle, running a hand through her hair just to prove it. Grey continued to stare, amazed at the sight. The girl suddenly leaned forward, stared directly into Grey's eyes, and said, 'Your eyes are funny though. They just changed colors!'"
With this premise, the stage is set for adventures that would make Nancy Drew jealous. The two cousins discover their gifts and how they relate to good and evil. Marlis Day creates a building block of character, action, and a wonderful plot to create an adventure the reader will never forget. Her skill is apparent throughout the book, as well as her love of children. Sparky and Grey are great role models for middle-school children, and Marlis Day's jewel of a book could be used in any classroom to entice young minds.
Back to Bailey's Chase manages to bring just the right balance of a challenging, thrilling, magical, and compelling mystery without immersing your young reader in an egregious display of blood and guts or excessive psychological trauma. This is a book you can enjoy together with your child or your child can enjoy on his or her own as an early reader.
I highly recommend Back to Bailey's Chase and the Bailey's Chase series.