Ben Zackheim spent over a decade producing online games that have been played by millions of people. His dream of writing for a living became a reality when he released the Shirley Link mystery series (for kids 9-12 years old).
Ben's work on the Shirley Link books has been praised for its focus on the power of intellect and the limitless potential of every girl's hard work and dreams.
His series The Camelot Kids has been called by readers, "The best re-invention of Camelot I've ever encountered" and "A thoroughly modern and thoroughly fun new take on the legend!"
Ben has taken up a writerly life in the Forbidden Forest at 42.5098° N, 72.6995° W.
He's scheduled to begin teaching classes in digital marketing at New York's School of Visual Arts MFA Visual Narrative program in 2015.
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on Feb. 11, 2014 :
I don't read a lot of mysteries, but I've started to actively look for books that I'll be able to read with my young daughter within the next few years. This story -- and it really is a story, not a novel -- fits the bill nicely.
Like a young Sherlock, Shirley Link (love the name!) uses brilliant deductive reasoning to solve crimes. Also like Sherlock, or more specifically the current BBC version of Sherlock, Shirley has to fight against using her powers for evil.
I wish the whole thing was longer, the other characters were a bit more developed, and the "bad guy" wasn't so obvious, but overall this was a good series introduction. One caveat is that Shirley and her friends read younger than their stated age. This is Middle Grade skewing towards children, not YA.
(review of free book)