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BIRTHRIGHT: SIERRA'S LEGACY

She was born on a lake, her family died in a lake, and molecules of water are mysteriously at her command. Sierra has endured tragedy in her young life that most people could never realize. Orphaned at a young age, she has only vague memories of her family. Sometimes they come in dreams, sometimes in visions. She was left alone, but Sierra was left with a gift. She calls it a legacy, and it completely changed her life around. 
She’s since moved away from the small Florida town with the haunted past, but now she feels a calling. So she has to go back to Old Indian Lake, where her life was changed forever and will do so again.
This is an exciting ride through water and time. I highly recommend it!  Facebook Review
I particularly enjoyed the strength, charisma, and character growth of the protagonist. She had not only a past, but also her future was consistently afflicted by it.  https://jeyranmain.com/

THE JUNIORS

Impulsive, hyperactive, spontaneous, that’s how the teachers, doctors, even his dad described Derik, but the 12 year old saw it another way – driven. There was a reason to his madness. Then there’s Christine – his school mate and close friend - who has a keen sense of observation the likes even Monk would envy. These middle schoolers, along with their two best friends Dylan, and Marion, find themselves in a battle of wits against adversaries that will stop at nothing to retrieve an encrypted computer disk found at a cafe.  The kids are planning a summer of fun before starting 7th grade but instead, it is filled with danger, kidnappers, hijackers, and down-right criminals.  The combined talents of these teens thrust them in the limelight as crime-solving heroes, and being in the limelight was nowhere near their plans. Join these four friends in Tampa, Florida as they fight crime, solve the mystery and still try to make it through school.

There is never a dull moment when the Juniors are together and they always seem to

find themselves involved in one adventure after another

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...you will find yourself hungry for whatever happens next. You become completely

engulfed in the story. The twists keep you on your toes until the last page - and

then you want more.!

Goodreads

...This book was cleverly written.  You will fall in love with the kids and the parents

of this book. Action packed with comic relief

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Who Is The GRAY Man?

He is a legend, he is a mystery and he can only be seen by children.The people who know about him are long dead, he is the Gray Man.One family will learn first-hand the power and horror of ‘he who walks in the shadows’, but the legend of the Gray Man is real and strikes fear to all who lay eyes on him, because once you see him…you will surely die. Ten year old “TJ” is about to embark on a journey that no one in this small Florida town has ever taken – and lived. Strange things are going on and it all leads to one thing for TJ and his family, a one on one encounter with the most feared Urban Legend in town. Will he be the only person who has ever seen the Gray Man and lived?

Publication Date: August 2015 • ISBN #: 9781937047054 (paper) # 9781681609812 (eBook)

I was very impressed with Martinez's book. The author understands the minds of children and delves into the power of the imagination. He perfectly captures life in small town Florida.

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...his vivid characterization and suspenseful plot. A surprise twist made this story even better. 

Goodreads

Well crafted and suspenseful. A wonderful read!

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CASSIE'S CURSE
The Hulk, Sinatra, Pretty Boy - nicknames of three friends in the small Florida town of Cobra Lake. “Sinatra” is Olivia Kelly, cute, smart, and driven; “Pretty Boy” is Devin Yau, athletic and addicted to CSI TV shows; “The Hulk” is Cassie Saunders and Cassie has a secret she promised she’d always keep it to herself. The eleven year old has a mark on her wrist, it looks like a tattoo and she hides it by covering it with her watch, a watch that doesn’t even work anymore. Cassie is the daughter of a very important man in town, but she wasn’t born with the mark that looks like a cobra, it mysteriously appeared one day… the day her grandmother died. And that tattoo of a snake has a purpose that Cassie and her friends are going to soon come to face with- whether they like it or not.

From the very beginning there's a sense of mystery and suspense, catching the reader’s attention right away. Great introduction to main characters. There's a character that each different reader can identify with.

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BEFORE DAWN: TRILOGY COLLECTION
DO YOU LIKE WEREWOLVES?

Four school friends find something in the woods that has been hidden there for ages

and never had contact with the outside

world until they discovered it. And the

small town of Lobo Cliff, Florida will

never be the same.

(Book 1 available as a free download below)

...written for middle school age but as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was interested in the characters and what would happen to them. There was a delicacy in how the author treated having a friend with an illness. Being a cancer survivor, I found it sympathetic. The plot and suspense kept me reading..

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ORPHANS OF DANICA :BOOK 1
People are dying in Danica. An age old historical event that brought this rural Florida town together is slowly tearing it apart, an event that bonds six fifth graders together on a quest. These kids from different backgrounds and families are brought together by one linking fact – they are the children of dead people. And this fact pushes these school kids to take on a mystery that might very well make them the next victims, of the Curse of Danica. Daphne, the new girl in town who is still adjusting to life in a new state and a new school, is thrust into a group of what she refers to her mom as ‘misfits’, but she realizes that she has a bond with them since she too is an “orphan”, she finds that she was put there in Danica for a reason. Together as a group they attempt to solve the age old curse that has ripped into the fabric of this ‘perfect’ little town.  

Martinez certainly knows how to write a suspenseful story. He also knows his history and his setting of small town Florida. There's a curse and a mystery to be solved. There's also a touch of pathos that gives this story depth. Great read!

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TIARA WARS :BOOK 1
“Could you be friends with someone you really didn’t like?”
Danielle didn't know that the tiara she wore all the time was an actual prized jewel. After arguing with Heather, the girl in school she didn't get along with, the tiara was tossed in the park where it quickly got lost. Just in time for jewel thieves to be on the lookout for it. Together, with anther school friend, the girls have to fight smart and together to foil  the bad guys in a small Florida town right in the middle of the biggest event of the year - the Strawberry Festival. Can three fifth-graders outsmart career criminals?

Love, love this book. Perfect for elementary readers, especially little girls obsessed by princesses. Has a great mystery. Bought copies for all my nieces and their friends.

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JAMEY GUY: PRIVATE EYE

CHAPTER BOOK

Eight year old Jamey Guy loves computers, detective shows and eating pizza. Celebrating the last day of school is what he and his friends are getting ready for, but a series of crimes in town has the grown-ups in fear. Someone needs to solve this mystery so they can all celebrate summer in peace. Will it be the police or Jamey who crack the case?

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BEFORE DAWN: The Lobo Cliff Incident

Book 1 of 3: Fourth grader Alex Davidson was used to being in trouble. If it wasn’t at home it was at school, but a chance discovery in the woods next to his home made his usual troubles seem like nothing. He saw something, and no one will believe him. This is a case of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ taken to the extreme. At the same time his best friend is dying of a mysterious disease and the only cure can be found… in the woods, in the dead of night. Together with friends, he goes in the woods...

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