Written by Noreen Wise
Edited by REGGIE WOLTZ
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Secret society members make blood oaths to take their secrets to the grave.
The Illuminati is one such oblique organization. Dating back to 1776, the Bavarian Illuminati has an alluring connection to several of our nation’s founders.
How about secret society movies? If you’ve seen the gripping adventure film about hidden treasure buried beneath Wall Street in New York City, you’ve learned all about the tight-lipped Freemasons.
Welcome to Riverrun Academy, a very ordinary Jr Sr high school, steeped in history, perched high above the Hudson River 20 miles north of Manhattan. It’s here where a small group of students hatch a plan connected to a secret letter they uncover that was written by a founding father and, inspired by the cryptic message, form a secret society.
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.
In this series, characters will grow through their decisions as both individuals and as a part of the secret society.
The Secret Tortoise books touch on more than just the school’s power structure – such as sports, music, student government, and performance arts. The real focus is on the political workings of Riverrun and the Machiavellian schemes of the major characters. Allegiances will take shape and fall apart, rivalries will form and burn intensely, and old enemies will become new friends.
The Secret Tortoise is for readers both young and old alike.
Fans of a famous blockbuster series will love the intrigue of the setting and conceptual possibilities. The political schemes and maneuverings are reminiscent of other shows currently streaming on popular sites. But what the Secret Tortoise books really bring are unique characters who have stories to tell that anyone can relate to. So join Marco, Bennett, Kaleigh, Isabella, Joaquin and others on their epic journey that will teach them more about life than their schoolwork ever could.
THE SECRET OAK
Meet Marco Perez, Illuminati-obsessed teenager about to begin the schoolyear at Riverrun Academy, 30 miles north of Manhattan along the historic Hudson River. He convinces four other classmates – Bennet, Isabella, Joaquin, and Kaleigh – to create a pact to help one another reach new heights in the face of a fierce adversary. Together, they represent five different cliques at Riverrun: student government, band, performance arts, men’s sports and women’s sports. As the year gets started, this nascent secret society, the Secret Tortoise, sets its plans in motion to take control of each sector and create as much influence as possible.
THE URGENT SECRET CIPHER
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. Marco struggles to launch his campaign for class treasurer with the help of his resourceful best friend. Bennet faces a tough dilemma about his lofty personal music goals that are pulling him in one direction, while a favorite teacher and group of peers are pulling him in another. Kaleigh is gripped by the chilling daily confrontations of a more powerful rival on the girl’s tennis team. Joaquin must learn from early mistakes, but gets help from an unlikely ally. Isabella gears up for her first audition ever, but suffers from a streak of bad luck. Antagonist Finn Sanders, becomes the big disrupter, wreaking havoc on everyone’s plans. All the while, the secret society is busy overcoming the many obstacles by developing an intriguing tool that they hope will be instrumental in reaching their collective goals.
THE COVERT INFLUENCER
In unity there is strength. 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. Bennett’s goodwill sacrifice for the school band, results in unexpected negative consequences for his best friend Marco and the Secret Tortoises. Kaleigh’s masterplan to overcome an aggressive rival’s evil plot, is on the verge of being thwarted. Joaquin successfully rebounds to the vicious backlash following his error in the final seconds of the first home game, but he now faces a much more dire emotional crisis. And Isabella is conflicted on multiple levels as she sets off to accomplish an impossible task during her week long audition ordeal. These challenges, along with numerous twists and turns that thread through the cliques, clubs and daily interactions at Riverrun Academy, becomes catalysts that alter the playing field for the school community and the Secret Tortoises… leaving readers on the edge of their seats as they begin to feel that they too attend Riverrun.
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