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  •  The Secret Tortoise of Sleepy Hollow, SAGA 1 Books 1-3 Amazon
  • The Secret Oak of Sleepy Hollow Amazon
  •  The Urgent Secret Cipher of Sleepy Hollow Amazon
  •  The Covert Influencer of Sleepy Hollow Amazon

Follow the Secret Tortoise blog and become an insider on many of history’s unsolved mysteries, as well as the ghosts who roam the earth intent on imparting the secrets they took to their graves. Perhaps you’ll find, that not only is knowledge power, it may actually transform your reality.


THE SECRET TORTOISE SERIES

Savage…

Sleepy Hollow, New York very well might be the most haunted grounds in America. In fact, who knows what hidden mysteries simmer beneath the surface?

Five friends make a blood oath to take the secrets they dig up to the grave.

Welcome to Riverrun Academy, a very ordinary Jr Sr high school, steeped in history, perched high above the Hudson River 25 miles north of Manhattan. It’s here where a small group of students hatch a plan connected to a mysterious lost note they stumble upon that was written by a Founding Father and, inspired by the cryptic message, make a secret pact to uncover the buried secrets of the past.

Little did they know their pact would have far-reaching implications on their lives and the world around them.

Follow the story of the Secret Tortoise as our group of protagonists starts small and builds their influence until they wield power and authority throughout Riverrun and even outside its age-old walls… Continue reading


REVIEWS

There’s something for everybody in this fast-paced saga: history, mystery, and good old-fashioned ghost stories. Young people will enjoy this multidimensional story about five students working together to create positive change as they navigate the turbulent waters of high school. Spy systems, symbolism, and the art of war are interwoven with an active concern for the environment and the covert world of plants. Current issues are front and center as the young protagonists collaborate in a secret society to face challenges with integrity and grit. Respected historical figures provide insight as the characters solve problems and develop new skills.

Readers will appreciate the authentic language and believable characters while learning about Thomas Jefferson, the scientific method and the natural world. The high-level vocabulary and natural connections to history, math, and science make this series a useful educational resource. Students will engage in higher level skills such as inferential thinking, synthesizing, and applying knowledge as they try to solve mysteries. The themes of responsibility, resourcefulness, and resilience offer a hopeful perspective of how life in school, and the world, can be. 

~ Catherine Zacuto, M.A.Ed

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Marco, Bennett, Kaleigh, Isabella, Joaquin all attend Riverrun Academy, a seemingly ordinary secondary school in upstate New York. With a secret society, blood oaths, and cryptic messages, this is no ordinary teen drama. Each member of this group of closely connected kids has their own unique role in unwinding the twists and turns of this adventure.

The characters are all different and fit together with that oh so special Breakfast Club bond. All five of the main characters are well rounded and fleshed out. While working together to put together the pieces of this history-laden mystery, they are each simultaneously dealing with their own set of real-world issues.   

The author’s love of history and abundance of knowledge shines through the text. It acts as a guide for both the characters and the reader. The novel itself is part of a greater series, and it reads like episodes in a television show. If you have a 10-15-year-old who loved Nickelodeon’s, Hunter Street, or the Netflix Original, Greenhouse Academy, then this YA novel is perfect for them!  

~ Sarah Walsh,
Author of The Ways of After and former teacher

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This is a fun series. I really enjoyed quite a few of the characters and loved cheering them on!

~Jaden Cooke, North Carolina reader

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This series blends teenage drama with the mysteries of the Founding Fathers to create a story you just can’t put down.

~Ryan Li, NYC reader

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This series is exciting as well as informative, so I feel like it’s a great read for all ages.

~Jada St. Clair, NYC reader

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I had a great time reading this series. It was well written and kept me on my toes the whole time. I enjoyed the different viewpoints and different goals that were displayed. This series also provided good ways to achieve your own goals and inspired me to go after mine. 

~Allison Zentz, Virginia reader


THE SECRET TORTOISE SERIES

The Secret Oak of Sleepy Hollow

Meet Marco Perez, Illuminati-obsessed teenager about to begin the school year at Riverrun Academy, 25 miles north of Manhattan along the historic Hudson River. He convinces four other classmates – Bennet, Isabella, Joaquin, and Kaleigh – to create a pact to uncover the buried secrets believed to be the mysterious, paranormal force haunting Sleepy Hollow, NY, as they help one another reach new heights in the face of a fierce adversary…. Continue reading


THE SECRET TORTOISE SERIES

The Urgent Secret Cipher of Sleepy Hollow

With each of the Secret Tortoise’s members wrapped up in their challenging personal conflicts, they begin to realize how much they can rely on each other… Antagonist Finn Sanders, becomes the big disrupter, wreaking havoc on everyone’s plans… Continue reading


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The Covert Influencer of Sleepy Hollow

Stronger together. It’s only the third week of school and already the Secret Tortoises feel their personal battles are far more difficult than their ability to handle them individually. Marco’s class treasurer campaign is significantly undermined by antagonist Finn Sander’s targeted pandemonium… Continue reading


THE SECRET TORTOISE SERIES

The Secret Tortoise of Sleepy Hollow SAGA 1, Books 1-3

Omnibus volume, containing the first three books of the Secret Tortoise eries: The Secret Oak of Sleepy Hollow, The Urgent Secret Cipher of Sleepy Hollow, and The Covert Influencer of Sleepy Hollow.

Omnibus volume, containing the first three books of the Secret Tortoise eries: The Secret Oak of Sleepy Hollow, The Urgent Secret Cipher of Sleepy Hollow, and The Covert Influencer of Sleepy Hollow.


Follow the Secret Tortoise blog and become an insider on many of history’s unsolved mysteries, as well as the ghosts who roam the earth intent on imparting the secrets they took to their graves. Perhaps you’ll find, that not only is knowledge power, it may actually transform your reality.

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