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Having over 25 years of writing experience, award-winning author, Renee Hand, has become a maverick in the world of children's story telling. She has created books that are educational, fun and interactive. Many of her books are science, history or social studies based. She goes beyond entertaining, capturing the reader’s attention, making her stories memorable in the minds of every child.

Hand's new release, Mineral Mischief, involves Maple Moo’s rare mineral, which goes missing. She instantly turns to Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill, the most famous detectives in Acorn Valley, to find it. The suspects, however, were hard to figure out. Was it Candy Cardinal, who committed the crime? She collects various gemstones to make jewelry. Brutus and Betty Blue Beaver also collect minerals and have a fancy quartz collection. Liam the Llama looks suspicious with his igneous rocks and exploding volcano, or was it Huckleberry Moose with his sedimentary rock collection? Joe-Joe and Biscuit find themselves at a loss until some bullies roar into town.  Twist and turns make this story a must read.

"I wanted to make a connection with my readers and make the topics something that children will be learning about in school," says Hand. "Some children like rocks, some think they’re boring, and some love to collect them. This story appeals to every reader because I approach the topic of rocks and minerals from various angles. It’s not just my point of view, but various characters’ points of view. I include information about the rock cycle, various experiments, terminology, a ‘Did You Know’ section and much more. It satisfies the National Education Standards for Earth and Space Science. I also incorporated a discussion about bullying, which one of the characters is involved with. The character also finds a solution to this problem which all children can benefit from. The topic of rocks and minerals is interwoven in the mystery having the reader learn right along with the characters. Parents, librarians, teachers, and children will love this series and the direction I’m taking it."

The author is a sought after presenter who travels around North America visiting schools, libraries and other venues talking about her books and teaching a writer’s workshop that is guaranteed to improve test scores. Mineral Mischief, along with Renee Hand’s other award-winning books, can be purchased through bookstores big and small, as well as on-line and through her website at www.reneeahand.com

Contact Info

North Star Press of St. Cloud
PO Box 451
St. Cloud, MN 56302


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I am hugely impressed with the author’s abilities to present a wealth of information in a hands-on way. Most children are visual learners, and this is what makes The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill very valuable in a science classroom.

- Nicole Weaver
(Veteran Teacher and Author)

In addition to the fascinating story and the mystery element which will easily hold the reader's interest, there is a lot of information about rocks and minerals embedded into the text, plus several pages in the back with further material about different kinds of rock, a glossary, suggested experiments, and the rock cycle chart. Renee Hand, who introduced Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill in The Great Pie Catastrophe and has also written the Crypto-Capers mysteries, has produced another winner that also deals subtly with the common problem of bullying.

- Wayne Walker
Homeschool Book Review

If you have kids of all ages, they will LOVE this book! Youngsters will be hooked by Hand's writing style. She writes in a way that's easy for all ages from 6-96 to understand, and keeps them interested and engaged in "helping" with the puzzle of the "who-dun-it". I really enjoyed reading this one, myself. I know that my kids are going to love reading this over and over, both to themselves and to their friends.

- Molly
Parent and Book Reviewer

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