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When Carol Norton was seven years old, she wrote a story about her doll, Precious. She hid the paper inside a book and read it to her mother, pretending it was a published story. Her mother was completely fooled, of course, and said the story was the best one she had ever heard—and wasn’t it amazing that the book had a doll named Precious, just like Carol did! Thus encouraged, Carol decided to become a writer.
She was published briefly in high school and college publications, then put writing aside for the next twenty-five years to teach English in the public schools of four states, and then to teach gifted English with an emphasis on writing in Alabama, where she lives now. During this time she gravitated toward young teens as her subject matter because of their humor, their heart, and their habit of constantly getting into and out of impossible situations.
After retiring from the classroom, she completed three novels before she settled down to writing mysteries for teens with The Locksmith Series. Today, she spends her writing time in the mythical town of Springville, creating dangerous crimes for her two main characters, Izzy and Deanie, to solve.
on May 13, 2013 :
I was looking forward to reading the book not only to review for my grandaughters but I was interested ( I should say hooked) as to what mystery/trouble the two friends would find themselves in this time. It has a good lesson on trusting your friend. Also it includes some possible dangers that young teenagers may soon be experiencing . Great book for my granddaughter starting high school in the fall. I highly recommend this book for young teenagers.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 21, 2012 :
This second ministry in the locksmith series is a great addition to the published works of Carol Norton. I loved the first book, and this is no exception. It is a great book including trust, truth, and of course, teenage drama. I really enjoyed this book, and I suggest it to everyone, as long as you read the first book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)