Deep inside a mountain crater an angel materializes before three stunned teenagers sending them on a quest to find 20 enchanted crystals. These are no ordinary crystals, their fractals, once activated, will illuminate the planet and change the world for the better.
In France, Jesse enters the domain of a terrifying witch and her fanged wolfhound guarding the crystals. In Oregon, Nikki can’t make friends but must gather an ace team to search for an abandoned crystal mine.
In New Zealand Chaz must explore sacred Maori caves, but has to convince a fearsome soothsayer, and her zany cave guide, to let him look for crystals.
How do Jesse, Nikki and Chaz manage to ditch nosy parents?—overcome being lost?—avoid falling to their death?—evade primeval curses, fierce changelings and supernatural phenomenon? To find out, read The Crystal Chain, an extraordinary exploit filled with daring, magic, mystery and the paranormal.
A glossary at the end is helpful for readers 11 to 14 with additional information on crystals, mines, arctic sea ice melting, the International Space Station, how world time zones work, keeping clock time in space, interstellar communications, famous astronomers and more.
Twins, Aimée and Juliette, are shocked by their parent’s pronouncement, “We’re sending you to boarding school.” So unfair! Still, no amount of crying or pouting changes their sentence. Soon, they quit the quiet countryside of France for the Abbey, an uncommon school for girls with paranormal abilities. The uncommon becomes the unbelievable when a gyrating timeline-vortex hurls them back to the 1600s, to an outlandish abbey run by a mysterious sisterhood. Once there, the girls discover their own roommate is possessed by a ghost that’s ruining her life. Never ones to dodge a mystery, the twins set out to solve Charlotte’s haunting, forced to trek through the feared forbidden forest to seek help from an impulsive wizard. To avoid the Abbess and her rules, and a bevy of unforgettable characters, the girls must scheme and sneak around them all, creating a detective team of the highest order.
Does Charlotte’s ghost get released to the afterlife?
Who survives the beast-ridden forest and the wizard’s curses?
Join the all-girl paranormal detective team and find out.
What is the time-travel detective team up to?
—Twins Aimée and Juliette, and Charlotte and Lil.
New friend, Kalin is haunted by seeing the murder of her brother, Finn.
The 'seeing' was a vision no one else saw
– yet Finn is gone –
disappeared under shadowy circumstances. The team vows to help Kalin and they gather clues from a magic waterfall belonging to a sorceress where they learn there is something odious about Finn’s disappearance. The team begs permission to time travel from their 1600s boarding school, the Abbey, to current-time Ireland. They must get to the bottom of what's ruining Kalin’s life.
Renegades try and stop them as they make their way from France to the remote west coast of Ireland and Kalin’s summer house. No parents allowed. But the girls let Charlotte’s chauffeur, Gustav, escort them. After all, he has a car. They have no idea Gustav was once a French Spy – who has access to a little magic of his own.
Do they solve Kalin's menacing haunting? To find out, join the paranormal detective team in this second book of the series.
Judi Valentine grew up hanging out in the dense woods and granite mountains of the great state Maine. She was always scribbling about something, and when compelling adventures popped into her head, she penned them into stories. Over the last several years, she has written fiction for young readers, and crime stories for the not so young. The Reluctant Ghost of Brivalle Castle is her second novel and the first book of a new series. In March of 2017, she published her first novel for young readers, The Crystal Chain. Over the years, Judi has had short stories and articles published in regional publications in Maine and Maryland.