The Urgent Secret Cipher of Sleepy Hollow

ISBN: 1-58584-771-6 eBook
$3.99 | Amazon
Written by Noreen Wise

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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. But who is the mysterious dark force, lurking in the shadows of Sleepy Hollow’s Old Dutch Church burial grounds, that keeps crossing paths with Bennett? What twisted evil plot might he be conjuring up? Will the ancient oak tree, protector of this sacred land, be able to fend off the evil forces?


Code names and secret ciphers add mystery to the storyline as the saga of the Secret Tortoise Society continues in Book 2. Guided by ancient wisdom and newly formed bonds of friendship, the five young protagonists persevere through the everyday pressures of cafeteria drama and foreboding teachers. Adolescents who are developing their own identities will recognize themselves in these pages, as the characters learn more about each other and themselves. Behind it all looms an environmental theme connecting nature and the learning process. The author offers an innovative approach to climate issues that invites readers to consider the impact of their own carbon footprints.

~ Catherine Zacuto, M.A.Ed


I really love the way that this book gently fuses the realities of climate change into the text. Its stuff like this that really gets kids thinking about the world.. They are our real future!

~ Sarah Walsh,
Author of The Ways of After and former teacher

  •  The Secret Tortoise of Sleepy Hollow, SAGA 1 Books 1-3 Amazon
  • The Secret Oak of Sleepy Hollow Amazon
  •  The Urgent Secret Cipher of Sleepy Hollow Amazon
  •  The Covert Influencer of Sleepy Hollow Amazon

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