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Adventures of the Sizzling Six:
Monarch Mysteries

Book Cover Monarch Mysteries

Star Bright Books

Sixth in a series of environmental novels

In Monarch Mysteries, the cast of plucky teenage girls pit themselves against foolish neighbors and uninformed city officials. Our heroines, The Sizzling Six, soon find themselves drawn into a complicated eco mystery by Mrs. Margarita Mariposa, their mysterious neighbor, who plants wildflowers in her garden and in the fields to attract monarch butterflies. The villain, Mr. Patrick Prickles, is a troublemaker who is out to destroy Mrs. Mariposa’s good work. At the urging of Mr. Prickles, the city threatens to fine Mrs. Mariposa if she does not cut down the tall "weeds" in her yard. To add to the problems, Mr. Prickles is determined to mow down milkweed where the monarch butterflies lay their eggs. The climax comes when tens of millions of monarchs, overwintering in Mexico, die in a terrible freeze. Will the remaining monarchs survive the long migration back to the United States and Canada? Can the Sizzling Six help save the monarchs before it is too late? With a touch of humor and swift plotting this eco mystery makes for an exciting read!

I love this book! I love the way you write. I like the language, and I like the way you use the texting vernacular. I also like the random jokes. You really captured the way kids act and speak to one another. I've always loved stories about children's clever nature and resourcefulness. Also like your keen and wicked sense of humor! I like that the dog's name is Lulu. I love the "field so misunderstood," and I love the Day of the Dead education!

Michelle Reynolds, president-elect of Birmingham Audubon's Board of Directors, on the board of Alabama Rivers Alliance and Outdoor Classroom Consultant for the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

What a wonderful job you did!  The manuscript was fun to read, and I thought you wove together biology, sociology, and geography masterfully.

Paulette Haywood Ogard, coauthor with Sara Bright, of Butterflies of Alabama

I thought your characters were  very well drawn, and the information about the monarchs is woven through the story well. I would think that your target age group would thoroughly enjoy reading this and learning more about the natural world.

Ruth Beaumont Cook, author of Guests Behind Barbed Wire
and North Across The River

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