Renee Hand writes because it is a passion in her heart. She likes to create books that educate and inspire the children of today. She was born in Michigan and still lives there with her husband and two children. She has a degree in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry. Renee is the author of the amazing mystery series known as the Crypto-Capers Series that encourages children to read by incorporating several topics of interest. The reader participates into the story by solving cryptograms and puzzles to solve the case.
She is also the author of the Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Adventure Series, which focuses on animal detectives. This series is a great way to teach children about animals in a fun and interesting way that captures the reader's attention and yet fills them with knowledge they will be learning about in school. All books are great to use in a classroom setting to supplement various topics or to just enjoy.
Renee is an award-winning author, receiving awards such as a Best Book Award, an Honorable Mention for Best Book, a National Literary Award, Seal of Excellence Award and two Preferred Choice Awards for her children's series and adult books. She is also an Amazon Best Selling Author for book 1 in the Joe-Joe Nut Adventure Series, The Great Pie Catastrophe.
Renee Hand is also a national radio show host for Stories From Unknown Authors for Blog Talk Radio. She helps to promote the unknown author. To listen to her shows check out http://blogtalkradio.com/
She is also a prolific book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books. Her reviews have been seen on the backs of best-selling author’s books. http://www.nyjournalofbooks.
She has been writing for over twenty-five years and when she is not spending time with her family or participating in author and school events, she is coaching and playing tennis, as well as doing research for her books and many other things that keep her busy. Not quite sure what a cryptogram is and want to learn more? Visit the author's website at www.reneeahand.com to learn about cryptograms and how to solve the ones that are in the books.
Author: Renee Hand
Page count: 128
Genre: Children’s Mystery Chapter Book
Tell us about your book:
The elementary school at Acorn Valley holds an art fundraiser to help local animals whose homes were lost due to natural disasters. Four famous local artists--Claude Monet Mongoose, Georgia O'Giraffe, Vincent Van Goat and Pablo Picasso Peacock--have generously donated their weather-themed paintings for a charity auction. But a monkey wrench is thrown into the proceedings when distinguished Gila monster Dr. Ced E. Meant discovers, in a presentation at the Metropolitan Museum before the event, that his invaluable research has been stolen! His findings are so important that they cannot be leaked to the world at large! Meanwhile, more mysterious and fishy things are going on at the art auction, which Detectives Nut and Bill are determined to unravel. Geared for older children (and appealing enough for adults), this third entry in the series once again paints a delightful world of animal protagonists--teachers, scientists, etc.--using colorful illustrations with the lively black-and-white cartoons of Karwoski. Each of the animals--garbed like humans--has personality to spare, and they make amusing references to bills, hooves and tails. A genuinely crafty, complex mystery (including secret panels, art theft and characters who aren't as they appear) combines seamlessly with info about weather and art.
How long did it take to write the book?
The book took me about 6 months to write.
What inspired you to write the book?
I’m big on education and wanted to give teachers a tool to enhance science topics that might otherwise be boring to children. I created a fun mystery by incorporating many topics of interest where the reader is learning along with the characters. The information satisfies the National Standards of Science in their areas.
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I always do research. Homeschooling my children also helps because I know the areas that need to be spiced up and made more interesting. Plus we can have fun trying out all the experiments.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I hope the reader will not only love the mystery the characters are involved in but will also understand better certain science topics, making their learning about them in school more fun.
Excerpt from book:
The Metropolitan Museum of Acorn Valley’s conference room was
packed full of animals listening intently to Dr. Cedric E. Meant’s new
discovery. Dr. Ced was a tall dark-brown Gila Monster with orange
blotches that covered his entire suit-draped body. Thin black glasses
sat upon his nose as he made his presentation. The doctor had spent
years doing research at Arches National Park and in the Canyonlands
of Utah, recording the amount of erosion happening per year
in both places. During his time at the parks, he had seen many new
rock formations form, as well as several formations that had been
eroded down to nothing and were collapsing. Dr. Ced stood at the
podium, his years of research piled in front of him. He periodically
drank from his glass of water, which also sat on the podium.
“My research has led me to many discoveries. Some I cannot
disclose until next year when my research will be published in a scientific
journal, but I recorded my journey through the parks in detail.
The parks I visited are each beautiful in their own way. Artist Claude
Monet Mongoose has captured my movements throughout the
park as well as immortalizing the landscapes. I’m a bit old fashioned
when it comes to taking pictures, though I do have my share of them,
don’t worry about that, but nothing is more beautiful than viewing
a landscape through the eyes of an artist. He has helped me record
many important facts and details. Those paintings will be disclosed
next year as well at an art exhibit.”
Dr. Ced showed some of his pictures from his computer
screen onto a projector. Many animals murmured their excitement
over every one. A smile filled the gila's face. He was proud of his
work, but it wasn’t what he had said that had brought on the smile,
it was what he wasn’t saying. He found something at the park that
no one knew anything about. Separated away from his pile of research,
resting on a table next to him, lay a chocolate-brown satchel
where he kept the rest of his research tucked neatly inside in a manila
envelope. It was organized and labeled inside a thick black binder.
Pictures were included of his findings. It was going to be the pinnacle
of his career, and as far as he was concerned, this special information
was top secret.
At the end of his presentation Dr. Ced stepped forward away
from his podium to shake hands with many of the science teachers,
librarians, weather reporters, and the like, who had been in the audience.
After about twenty minutes, when the room was almost
cleared, he returned to the podium to collect his speech and close
his laptop. When he opened his satchel to place his belongings inside,
Dr. Ced noticed that his manila envelope, the one with the special
research that would be the pinnacle of his career . . . was missing!
He instantly began tearing apart his satchel, going through all his research
material, looking around on the floor and under his laptop,
but the most important manila envelope was nowhere to be seen.
His top secret findings were gone.
Where can we go to buy your book?
The book can be bought through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, my website at www.reneeahand.com and through bookstores big and small.
Any other links or info you'd like to share?www.reneeahand.com
Educational Series for 3rd grade and up
The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Case#1: The Great Pie Catastrophe
The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Case#2: Mineral Mischief
What Would You Do If You Were Left At The Zoo?
Interactive Mysteries for 4th grade and up into middle school
Books in The Crypto-Capers Series:
The Case of the Missing Sock
The Case of Red Rock Canyon
The Legend of the Golden Monkey
The Chest of Mystery
The Peacock Diaries
The Circus for Hire-Coming Soon!