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Silent Lee and the Side Door Key

As if life isn't already complicated when you have to sneak out a magical side door and enter a different century just to get to school each morning. And now Silent has to figure out what happened to her beloved Aunt Generous, the woman who raised her--which would be complicated enough even if CIA agents in black SUVs weren't chasing her--but they definitely are!

The magical birdcage was in the attic, and when fifteen-year-old Silent discovers its secret and receives a message from her (allegedly deceased) aunt, this story is off to a rollicking start that is sure to capture the enthusiasm of readers 10 to 100. Plot Hint: There seem to be two Newbury Streets, one at least a hundred years in the past and brimming with alchemy and magic.

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Silent Lee and the OxFord Adventure

Silent has just started ninth grade at the Girls Academy of Latin and Alchemy and her co-adventurer, Raahi, is now attending the Boys’ Academy of Alchemy and Magic. Both schools are located through the magical side door in Great Aunt Gen’s Back Bay house.


Fortunately, the magically old fashioned version of Boston through that side door is far less sexist and racist than ‘our’ Boston was a hundred years ago—but there are a great many other dangers awaiting our intrepid duo this semester!

For instance, it is strange that they have to keep defending themselves against mysterious attacks—lightning strikes, poisonous snakes, falling trees—which seem far too frequent to be explained just by chance.


What twisted plot is this? And why are Silent, Raahi, and Sie’s best friend Ali getting so entangled in it? When Ali is almost kidnapped (were it not for the intervention of the magical custodian from the Boston Public Library), and Great Aunt Generous and Raahi’s mother both go missing, it’s time for our favorite mismatched sleuths to leap into magical action once again!


A town defined by thick green hedges. Is there something they don’t want you to see? And a girl that most strangers think is a boy. Falcon is the star of her high school hockey team and the only girl ever to play on it. Too bad the opposing fans usually chant, “Get the girl! Get the girl!”


After Falcon is thrown off her hockey team for violence (she hadn't meant to beat up the entire opposing team...), a strange and perhaps VERY old uncle shows up at her doorstep, saying he is there to help with the 'transition.' No, not to a different gender, he assures her. To a different subspecies! HE seems crazy, until she discovers her coming of age involves retractable fangs and the realization that she's descended from highly specialized hunters who history has mistakenly labeled as vampires.


But there is little time to digest this news--Unfortunately, federal agents dedicated to hunting people like her down have apparently trailed her uncle to the small northern border town, and to the secrets that are supposed to stay hidden behind the tall hedges that grow there.

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