Book: The Eureka Key

The Secrets the Seven

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in American History, BOOK: The Eagle's Quill, Book: The Eureka Key, Historical Fiction, Race, Secrets of the Seven, SERIES: Secrets of the Seven | 0 comments

Living descendants of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence recite it!These folks seem like characters from The Secrets of the Seven. If we cast the movie, this is what it might look like. (Except we’d need to add in some kids, of course.)

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Maine Student Book Awards

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Book: The Eureka Key, Reviews | 0 comments

The Eureka Key

The Eureka Key pops up on the Maine Student Book Award list! Loud jubilation! State awards are always particularly exciting because the actual kid readers get to actually vote, and it’s even better to be nominated in your own state. Maine readers, I salute you!

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Puzzles, Puzzles Everywhere

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Book: The Eureka Key, Promotion, Uncategorized | 2 comments


No, you can’t just click this symbol. It’s a little harder than that.

Feeling a little bored? Need a challenge? Locate this symbol somewhere on my website and click on it to see if you can solve four puzzles related to The Secrets of the Seven. If you succeed, a reward beyond riches will be yours! (Well, there’s a reward. It’s kind of neat.)

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Visiting with Ben

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in American History, Book: The Eureka Key, Historical Fiction | 0 comments

Ben kindly greeted me at the visitor's center.

Ben kindly greeted me at the visitor’s center.

On book tour in Philadelphia (yes, I still love saying that), I got the chance to visit the Franklin Museum on the site where Ben Franklin’s former home and print shop stood. Fantastic museum, so well done! Since he is a major player in The Eureka Key, I feel a bond with him. Once you write about a person, it does sort of turn them into your best friend.


Franklin used this contraption to store electricity. It’s kind of like a colonial-era battery. He was fascinated by electricity and tinkered with it constantly. The kite and the key are his most famous experiment, but not the only one.






The “ghost houses” outline the space where Franklin’s home and his son-in-law’s print shop once stood. Evocative and strangely beautiful


The glass harmonium itself–invented by Franklin, it plays a key part in a pivotal scene of the novel.

Isn't it amazing what archaeology can, er, dig up?

Isn’t it amazing what archaeology can, er, dig up?

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