MEGAN FRAZER BLAKEMORE is the author of The Water Castle, which received a starred review from Kirkus, and the YA novel Secrets of Truth And Beauty which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was on the ALA Rainbow list. A former middle-school librarian, Megan lives in Maine with her family.
Hazel Kaplansky is a firm believer in the pursuit of knowledge and truth—and she also happens to love a good mystery. When suspicions swirl that a Russian spy has infiltrated her small town of Maple Hill, Vermont, amidst the fervor of Cold War era McCarthyism, Hazel knows it’s up to her to find a suspect… starting with Mr. Jones, the quietly suspicious grave digger. Plus she’s found a perfect sleuthing partner in Samuel Butler, the new boy in school with a few secrets of his own. But as Hazel and Samuel piece together clues from the past and present, the truth is suddenly not what they expected, and what they find reveals more about themselves and the people of their cozy little town than they could ever have imagined.
"Science, history and literature references glow . . . With keen intelligence and bits of humor, the prose slips calmly between narrative perspectives, trusting readers to pick up a revelation that Ephraim and Mallory don’t see—and it’s a doozy. This one is special." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Water Castle
"What shines through…is Blakemore’s tender understanding of how these children—and all children—feel about their lives and the adults who control them." —New York Times, on The Water Castle
"A book that deserves love." —Elizabeth Bird for Fuse8, on The Water Castle
"The Water Castle is full of adventure and mystery, but mostly it’s about the importance of family, friendship and home." —The Washington Post, on The Water Castle
"Blakemore skillfully explores the intersection of science and magic in this multifaceted story . . . a sense of skeptical wonder pervades the book and lingers." —Publishers Weekly, on The Water Castle