In THE SECRET IN THE HIDDEN CAVE Missy meets Kevin when she spends the summer at Big Pine Lodge. Their exploration takes them on a quest filled with surprising twists, high tech gizmos, clever riddles and scary stuff. Can they solve the riddles, follow the clues and save the place from destruction? Or are they being used by someone smarter who needs help to reveal The Secret in the Hidden Cave?
Debra Chapoton is the author of several YA and MG novels as well as adult fiction & non-fiction. Her books range from psychological thriller to paranormal to fantasy/adventure. She is as eclectic in her writing as she is in her reading.
The first book in the Big Pine Lodge series, THE SECRET IN THE HIDDEN CAVE, starts off with two girls, Missy and Jessica, clinging onto a cliff's ledge looking for the secret entrance to a cave where their friend Kevin is trapped. By starting with the action at a critical and perilous point kids ages 8 - 12 will want to continue reading. The story then flashes back to how the whole adventure began. Kids will be enthralled as they get to explore the lodge, the secret caverns, the ghostly cemetery, and spooky attic along with Missy, Jessica, and Kevin. When the action again reaches the point where Kevin is trapped our young readers will have come full circle in the adventure. There's an exciting ending and two more books, MYSTERY'S GRAVE and BULLIES AND BEARS, with new mysteries to solve.
The Secret in the Hidden Cave
There was a whooshy sound, an inhuman sigh,
and the false rock started to slowly open. But it was pushing
outward and Missy had nowhere to step to from her crouching
position. She started to stand and move toward Jessica who was
stretching out her hand. The rock door was pushing out and slowly
upwards, too, but she wasn’t sure if she could reach Jessica or
duck under the opening before it pushed her off the ledge. What a
stupid place to put the keyhole, she thought, there should be a
better entrance! She decided to try to cling to the bottom of the
rock door as it swung out and up. She grabbed at the indentations;
some were deep enough to provide a handhold. Her left hand seemed
to have a good hold but her right hand scraped down and dislodged
the key. Instinct made her grab for it before it fell forever lost