Coming by summer: Book 10 in the Bailey Fish Adventure series. Pictured are Adam D. Shprintzen, Ph.D., archival and digital Historian, with the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, and author Linda Salisbury. Shprintzen assisted Salisbury with her research on the nation's first president for the nonfiction aspects of Snooper Dude's Secret. Although the book's story is a secret until closer to publication, the cover has some clues.
Enjoy listening to chapters from Ghost of the Chicken Coop Theater read on Indiana Public Radio's excellent StoryBoard, beginning with the September 15, 2013, show.
Tom the cat takes a moment from rearranging the author's desk to listen to StoryBoard.
Linda meets pen pal Gracelyn Scott,
who lives in China and is an avid reader
of the Bailey Fish Adventure series.
At the invitation of the Louisa County Historical
Society, author Linda Salisbury read from
Earthquake Surprise and displayed
her hand-painted panorama similar to
the one made by Henry Box Brown.
The reading was on the porch
of The Hermitage, the plantation
where Box Brown was born a slave in 1815.
The award-winning series features Bailey Fish, 11, who lives with her environmentalist and book-loving grandmother, Sugar, while her mother is in Costa Rica for a year or more. Although Bailey misses her former home in Florida, she has made new friends, especially adopted, and homeschooled brothers, 12-year-old Noah and Fred Keswick, who live at their family’s country inn next door. Their parents also plan to adopt their foster sister, Sparrow, who is in wheelchair.
Series’ action occurs at Sugar’s house and Keswick Inn, where guests are often part of the mystery.
The books are sequential but may be read independently. Each contains embedded history or nonfiction, lots of adventure, and contemporary issues that appeal to boys and girls, including reluctant readers.
The books also contain discussion questions, relevant Web sites, book resources, a glossary, and photographs or maps that relate to the story.
With one in ten children in America living with a grandparent, the books have special relevance.
Linda Salisbury is also the author of Mudd Saves the Earth, illustrated by Joe Kohl, which earned a silver medal in the Florida Publisher Association President’s Book Awards 2010.
ForeWord magazine, March 2005: "This stimulating mystery (The Wild Women of Lake Anna) contains a novel historical twist that plays into the main character's dramatic need for acceptance as she draws upon her inner strength in some unexpected ways. . . . In keeping with the latest trend in fiction books, the author seeks to educate as well as entertain. . . . This well-crafted, fast-paced novel . . . will resonate with every reader who has ever longed for acceptance or struggled with survival in the throes of fear and uncertainty." Charisse Floyd
"Stolen artifacts pale next to the psychological wallop of this new installment (Book 4, The Mysterious Jamestown Suitcase) in the popular Bailey Fish Adventure series. . . Social issues add texture . . .showing Salisbury's in-depth awareness of the complexities of growing up." Elizabeth Breau, ForeWord magazine.
"The Wild Women of Lake Anna is a wonderful book for independent intermediate readers or as a teacher read-aloud. Readers will be enthralled with the very believable plot that mirrors their lives in so many ways. Each chapter leaves the reader hanging . . . eager to continue reading to see what next happens to Bailey Fish. This book provides many opportunities for teachers to integrate Social Studies curriculum, environmental issues as well as character education. This book is sure to engage even the most reluctant readers." Joann Winkler, Teacher of the Year, Charlotte County, Florida