Join me at the War of 1812 Museum this weekend!

I’ve had a busy year of travel, so it’s with a big smile that I’m sharing the news about my speaking event for this weekend…right here at home!

If you live near Plattsburgh, I hope you’ll join me for “An Afternoon of History & Mystery” from 1-3pm this Saturday, March 16th, at the Battle of Plattsburgh Association’s War of 1812 Museum at 31 Washington Road on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

I’ll be sharing some fun behind-the-scenes stories about my children’s mystery novel, CAPTURE THE FLAG and helping young writers do a little mystery brainstorming of their own. Here’s what CAPTURE THE FLAG is all about…

Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington DC airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger…news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner” has been stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in, too, recruits Henry and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice.

But when accusations start flying, the kids soon realize there’s more than a national treasure at stake. And with unexpected enemies lurking at every corner, do Anna, José, and Henry have what it takes to solve the heist?

And if you’d like, you can read the first two chapters of CAPTURE THE FLAG here. This was an amazingly fun book to research and write, and its sequels, HIDE AND SEEK (coming out this spring!) and MANHUNT (coming in 2014) have been a gift to work on, too.

This Saturday’s talk is open to all ages but is especially suited to families and anyone who loves history and mysteries.  I’ll also be talking about my Adirondack picture books and figure skating novel, SUGAR AND ICE. After the event, I’ll be signing books and hanging around to visit and answer any questions.  And…I’ve decided to bring one of my early author copies of HIDE AND SEEK to give away in a drawing.

Hope to see some of you this weekend!