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Middle Grade Fiction
Jack + parents + new get-rich-quick scheme = Jack homesteading on a deserted Caribbean island.
Jack + parents + they talked him into another scheme = Jack alone in the Masai Mara of Kenya.
Jack + parents + he fell for it again! = Jack must find his way out of a remote region of Nepal.

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"This well-written, engaging tale revolves around missing loved ones, stolen silver, and magic powder. Strong character development, an original plot, and tight pacing all come together for a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience." - School Library Journal

"Doan’s characters—whether kind, bumbling, or nefarious—are uniformly entertaining and, in Henry’s case, entirely endearing." - Publishers Weekly

"This clever period story set in...Victorian England is equal parts mystery, adventure, and fun." Kirkus

"This was the best sort of historical fiction: lots of details about living in another time without belaboring them; a fast-moving, cohesive plot; supportive adults who need the help of a child; an English manor house; and a giant tarantula." - Ms. Yingling

"I loved how the science turned this into a bigger adventure. Plus, there was the literary twist at the end, that younger readers might not be expecting." - Rosie Rizk

"What a completely charming and fun book! I don't think I've enjoyed a middle-grade book to this extent in a long while." - Debbie, Goodreads Reader

The Alarming Career of Sir Richard Blackstone
Sky Pony Press, February, 2017

A funny middle grade mystery adventure complete with an unconventional knight, a science experiment gone awry, a giant spider, and a twelve-year-old boy to save the day!

Twelve-year-old Henry Hewitt has been living by his wits on the streets of London, dodging his parents, who are determined to sell him as an apprentice. Searching for a way out of the city, Henry lands a position in Hampshire as an assistant to Sir Richard Blackstone, an aristocratic scientist who runs unorthodox experiments in his country manor. The manor house is comfortable and the cook is delighted to feed him as much as he can eat. Sir Richard is also kind, and Henry knows he has finally found a place he belongs.

But everything changes when one of Sir Richard’s experiments accidentally transforms a normal-sized tarantula into a colossal beast that escapes and roams the neighborhood. After a man goes missing and Sir Richard is accused of witchcraft, it is left to young Henry to find an antidote for the over-sized arachnid. Things are not as they seem, and in saving Sir Richard from the gallows, Henry also unravels a mystery about who he really is.