Alex Hiam’s studio is in a black barn shaded by hemlock trees and full of old paintings from his favorite time period, the late 1800s and early 1900s, so it’s no surprise that turn-of-the-Century Boston is featured in his latest magical tale for teen readers. Alex grew up in and around Boston and majored in anthropology at Harvard College, where he also wrote and illustrated articles about natural history, and won the English Department’s Arnold Prize. But the honor he is most proud of was being entrusted as a student with the key to the iron gates of Mount Auburn Cemetery, where…


“A quick and fun read that plenty of young adult and even advanced younger readers will enjoy.”
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“This was such a fun read!” Dr. Beth Nolan, Beths Book-nook Blog. Full review here:

“Alex Hiam has begun a fascinating, fun, and original new series for middle grade readers featuring a smart and sassy 15 year old protagonist who is sure to appeal.” – It’s All About the Book. Full review here:

“I loved the characters, both lead and supporting…and even those that were surprise leads in their own way. I loved the magic because hello….MAGIC! Oh, excuse me…technically it’s alchemy, but it’s COOL nonetheless…and that birdcage was so neat!”  Full review here:

“With his setting in Boston, where the old and new live side by side, Hiam’s narrative skills immediately envelope young teen readers into his fantasy tale as easily as Silent Lee slips in and out of the centuries.” Full review here:

“A unique, fun story with quirky characters that I think will appeal to many younger readers.” Read the entire review here:

“Fans of this light but truly spellbinding novel will be glad to learn that a sequel is promised, Silent Lee and the Oxford Adventure.” Read the entire review here:

“If your tweenager likes mysteries, then check out this first in a series where an unlikely pair of accidental sleuths move between the magical world and the current world as they uncover the disappearance of Silent Lee’s aunt…A fun and easy read.” Read the entire review here:

“In summary, this was such an unexpectedly good read! So curious, and strange, and unique, and just the perfect way to escape for a bit of afternoon reading with the promise of more to come…” Read the entire review here:

Midwest Book Review recommends Silent Lee! Read the entire review here:

Silent Lee and the Adventure of the Side Door Key

The busy streets of Boston’s Back Bay conceal another city, one that is a hundred years older, and quite full of magic. Silent (Sie to her friends from the Girls’ Academy of Latin and Magic) travels between the two Bostons daily. But her secret door is the target of a special branch of the CIA that won’t stop until they’ve gotten hold of her key…




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