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The Sea Island's Secret
A Delta & Jax Mystery

Susan Diamond Riley

A fistful of bones and a mysterious treasure hunt—not quite what twelve-year-old Chicagoan Delta Wells is expecting when she arrives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to visit her grandparents for the summer! But when Pops tells her that his beloved Island History Museum may be demolished to make room for a golf resort, Delta visits the museum property and discovers a skeleton hidden in the marsh. The bones and a long-secret message from the past send Delta and her younger brother, Jax, on a race to unearth the island's secrets, save their grandfather's museum, and help complete a mission someone started more than 150 years ago.

From the Civil War ruins of Hilton Head, to the site of the H. L. Hunley submarine in Charleston and the University of South Carolina's historic Horseshoe in Columbia, Delta and Jax's vacation is an exciting and educational adventure through history.

Susan Diamond Riley holds a Master of Arts degree in children's literature from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has been a writer, editor, and educator for more than thirty years.

"Buckle up for some lowcountry adventure: a spooky mystery seasoned with history dug straight out of the pluff mud and salt water shore of Hilton Head island! Tremendous fun."—AJ Hartley, New York Times bestselling author of Steeplejack and Cathedrals of Glass

"In this debut novel for children, Susan Diamond Riley braids together an intriguing mystery, two determined young siblings, an appreciation of Civil War history, and a deep love of Hilton Head Island. The result will appeal to mystery lovers, history buffs of all ages, and anyone who enjoys spending time on the beautiful South Carolina coast."—Mark I. West, Editor of RISE: A Children's Literacy Journal

"What do you get when you put together a couple of young sleuths, the remains of a skeleton, a cantankerous pirate, a Civil War secret, a possible ghost, and a head-scratching puzzle to solve? That's what you'll find in The Sea Island's Secret, a fast-paced and rollicking mystery that will keep you turning pages till the very end and learning some history on the way!"—Cassandra King, New York Times bestselling author of Moonrise

"The Sea Island's Secret: A Delta and Jax Mystery instantly absorbs the reader in a non-stop adventure that starts with the harrowing discovery of a skull buried in mud. Enter a mysterious stranger to help the children find a buried treasure. The plot is expertly interwoven with Charleston Lowcountry history, and favorite places for visitors and locals. The siblings wrangle occasionally, which makes the book even more realistic. This book is a best bet for children's historical fiction."—Fran Hawk, author of The H. L. Hunley Submarine





July 2019
6 x 9
128 pages
ISBN 978-1-61117-974-3 Hardcover, $24.99s

ISBN 978-1-61117-975-0
Paperback, $16.99

ISBN 978-1-61117-976-7
Ebook, $16.99
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