This book is bargain priced from 12/22/2013 until 12/22/2014
A time travel mystery adventure for children age 8-11 years
When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour’s small dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through?
Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound – and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake.
Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified? And whose are those children’s voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods?
Stella and Tom soon discover that they have traveled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies, and uncover startling connections between the past and present.
‘A modern classic for children’
The Secret Lake has been described by readers as a “modern Tom’s Midnight Garden” and compared in atmosphere with The Secret Garden.
Karen Inglis describes it as, “a time travel mystery adventure with modern twists – the kind of adventure that I loved to read as a child, but brought right up to date!”
Targeted Age Group: 8-11 yrs
Book Price: $2.99
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
The Secret Lake has the feel of a more traditional literary style and atmosphere – yet is still written in a style that modern-day children will find easy to follow and identify with. It mixes the language and behavior of the young Edwardian children who Stella and Tom meet in past time with the modern language and ways of Tom and Stella. It is also a relatively quick read – something that teachers, librarians and parents have praised – because children really enjoy the fact that they can finish the book easily.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write from your heart. If you have an idea that keeps coming back to you pursue it. The Secret Lake sat in a drawer for 10 years after being rejected by traditional publishers. However when I took it out later and self-published it, it received 5 Stars from the ex Head Reader for Puffin UK and now has 34 reviews in the UK (mostly 5-Star) and 14 in the USA – again nearly all 5-star. And that is just on Amazon. There are more elsewhere and if you look on TheSecretLake.com you will see wonderful reviews from children themselves. I’ve sold more copies in print than many mid list traditionally published chidlren’s authors – and more again on Kindle. I can’t explain the joy it brings me to meet children who have read the book and so enthuse about it. It is so special. And I know that is because I wrote from the heart rather than trying to copy anyone else’s formula!
Karen Inglis lives London, UK. By day she is a professional copywriter, but she far prefers making up stories for children! She started writing for children in 1993 soon after her two sons were born. Once back at work her stories remained in the ‘virtual drawer’ until 2010 when she pulled them out again and decided to polish, edit and self-publish. She currently has three children’s books out: The Secret Lake, Eeek! The Runaway Alien (a humorous graphic novel for age 7-10 years about a soccer-loving alien who runs away from space to Earth during the World Cup!) and Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep – a rhyming picture book for age 2-5 years. Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep is also available as an interactive book app for iPad in the App Store and has top rated reviews from educational app review sites.
Karen takes all three books – and now the app – into regular visits to schools in London.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The initial inspiration for The Secret Lake came when some friends moved to an apartment in London’s Notting Hill when my children were knee-high. It was in a huge converted Victorian house, which backed on to the most fantastic communal garden where the little ones could run free safely – they had mini woods to play in and rhododendron bushes to hide inside. Quite something for London! Seeing them reminded me of my own childhood growing up in the countryside and the freedom we had in those days. I also I couldn’t help wondering what it would be like if these children could meet the children who had lived and played in these same gardens100 years earlier. I immediately felt that it would be wonderful to write a traditional children’s adventure book that brought these two worlds together.
The Lake in the story was inspired by a beautiful pond up in a wooded park called Isabella Plantation, located inside Richmond Park (which Henry VIII used to ride through to get to London!), close to where I live in London. When the pink and purple Azaleas are out in May they all reflect in the water, turning it crimson – it’s very magical, and a perfect setting for a mystery adventure!