Billy Vale is the best detective in the school. Of course, he’s the only detective in the school, but that’s beside the point. Whether he’s dealing with a tricky client, dodging the school bully, or out-smarting the school’s meanest teacher, Mrs. Smith, if there’s a case that needs solving, then Billy’s the kid to call!
Sleight of Hand
The problem for Javvan Malhotra was the same one most guys face. A chick. Tiffany. Who smelled like vanilla and tasted like chocolate. Now he’s got a criminal record and a problem: get a job or violate his parole. When he gets a gig with a contractor named Kevin, Javvan figures life’s finally on an
upswing. Too bad Kevin’s running a theft ring and he’s given Javvan one choice. Help steal or he’ll make sure Javvan ends up back to jail.
Josie Smith’s life went up in smoke. Literally. Everyone and everything she ever loved burned in a fire—one set by a crooked cop. To survive, Josie’s been living under the radar as a homeless kid. For the last year, she’s been trying to find a way to knock the cop off her hero’s pedestal and put her on the other side of the prison bars. Her salvation and the key to the cop’s undoing seems to lie in a girl urban climber, a hacker, and a privileged rich boy. Trust and teamwork isn’t come easily—in fact, it’s not coming at all—but if Josie can’t find a way to make the team work and find justice for her family, she just won’t be burned. She’ll be scorched.
For seventeen-year-old Maggie Johnson, transitioning the dead isn’t hard. What’s tough is surviving the insults and pranks of Serge Popov, high school thug and the dumbest jock to ever set foot in Dead Falls, Alberta. When she finds him dead from alcohol poisoning and later discovers his spirit trapped in her room, she figures it’s a case of divine justice. Let the jerk rot. But someone—or something—has a different agenda. If Maggie doesn’t help Serge cross over, she’ll die at the hands of the otherworldly entity that’s taken an interest in the deceased bully. As she digs into the circumstances of Serge’s death, now classified a murder, she’ll uncover the secrets hidden by the world of the living and the wonders revealed by cities of the dead—if her investigation doesn’t kill her, first.
Three hours after accepting the case of Cyril Tethers, teen detective Briscoe and Boots find themselves standing on the rainy docks of the Thames, watching as their client’s body is pulled from the murky water. In 1895 London, the death of the fashion designer is their biggest case—and the one that can cost them. If high society finds out the terrible secrets Cyril was hiding, the scandal will leave his widow and her children destitute. As the sleuths race to catch the killer and protect their client’s family, Boots discovers a shocking secret of his own. Now, he must make the ultimate choice: sacrifice his integrity for self-preservation, or lose everything he loves in the name of justice. Buy it here.
The True Grime Series
(A P&E Top Five Pick for 2011 YA Book)
Grime cop and teen fairy Pepper Powder lives for one thing: protecting the human species from magical zealots who seek to eradicate them with Violent Illness of Unusual Resistance and Strength (humans call them “viruses,” but their mistake is understandable. The very young often get their words wrong.). When a terrorist leader releases a necrophage bomb, it not only decimates Grime headquarters, it turns Pepper into the magical world’s first fairy amputee—but she’s not going to let a little thing like a missing leg stop her. To catch her criminal, and prevent him from unleashing a V.I.U.R.S in one of the human world’s biggest shopping centers, West Edmonton Mall, she goes undercover as a human. But once Pepper’s theories of humanity collide with the reality of bullies, cliques, and environmental destruction, will she still believe humanity’s worth saving?Available at Chapters, Barnes & Noble, & Amazon .
For the last two years, human Aponi Runningbear has been training to be part of Grime, the magical police division tasked with protecting humanity from SOAP terrorists. But things aren’t going well. She’s barely keeping up with her studies, failing the physical component, and her Generalized Anxiety Disorder is making her bad days even worse. When her team is given the chance to find a missing coworker and stop SOAP from producing a DNA-altering drug that’s killing humans, Aponi grabs hold of the chance to show she’s meant for Grime. But as the investigation heats up, she’s forced to deal with the tormentor from her past, dead bodies, and the certainty that SOAP’s going to win this battle. Humanity’s dying, Grime’s in trouble, and she’s failing…does a foster kid really have what it takes to save the world and herself? Available at Chapters, Barnes & Noble, & Amazon