Shirley Link is a 14-year old private eye, but she doesn't want anyone to know. Whenever she uses her powers of observation she gets into trouble.
She wrote a school paper about a tough case she'd solved over summer vacation.
“It’s not a creative writing assignment, Shirley," the teacher scolded. "You were supposed to write about what actually happened.”
“I did,” she said, louder than she meant to. But he gave her a D anyway.
So when the school principal needs Shirley's help to catch a thief she tries to do it quietly. Can she track down a criminal who's clever enough to steal $35,000 and the one-ton safe it was kept in? Can she do it without the whole world finding out about her detective skills?
Hint: the answer to one of those questions is, no.
A great read for kids (and their adults).
Ben spent 15 years producing successful online games for Viacom, Sony, ESPN and AOL that are still being played by millions of people. While the work was fulfilling, he wanted to commit to writing.
So he gave up the New York corporate life for a writerly one in the Forbidden Forest at 42.5098° N, 72.6995° W.
His Shirley Link adventures have garnered praise from kids and their parents for its wit, humor and clever clues. Parents.com called it, "An amazing series!"
Ben is currently working on another series titled The Camelot Kids.
"Shirley Link is a new girl detective series that my daughter is crazy about. This is an amazing series, my friends! Your kids will be hooked and you'll feel really good about it."
Edward Hemingway, Author/Illustrator for Bad Apple and Bump in the Night
"This Veronica Mars for the tween-set is funny, smart, and full of preternatural wisdom. A thirteen year old gumshoe with mad crazy perception skills, Shirley Link sets out to solve the mystery of a missing school safe while at the same time juggling jealous best friends, boys, and homework. She does this with aplomb and the occasional, hilarious zinger."