Saturday, March 9, 2013



Cheryl Martin has an incredible imagination and she has turned that and her background in Hawaii into a wonderful series for middle-readers, The Hawaiian Island Detective Club. And you don't have to be a tween to love the stories; I was hooked on book one. What is Menehune's Missing about?


It’s just a game, right? Wrong! The Menehune Hunt turns into an eerie intrigue filled with danger as The Hawaiian Island Detective Club tackles their second genuine mystery.

The crazy clues make no sense at all, but Leilani is determined to figure out why the statues of Hawaii’s treasured, Leprechaun-like little people are disappearing during the school fundraiser event, even if it means asking her pain-in-the-pants, ten-year-old brother, Kimo, for help.

A fire, a visit from police, a creepy stakeout, too many suspects and an intense diversion involving Kimo and an irate storeowner hinders their investigation. Leilani worries that they’ll never figure out who’s stealing the odd, yet unremarkable little statues, and why. Are she and her friends in danger . . . from someone they know?



Now, it's time to visit Leilani, the lead detective of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club. A friend your son or daughter would love to spend time with:

So, Leilani, what is like being a detective with The Hawaiian Island Detective Club?

Amazing! Maile, Sam and I have been friends since kindergarten when we used to dig in the sand and build castles. They’re the greatest, and even though they may think my stakeout ideas are crazy, they always help me—and we always nail the culprit! ‘Course then there’s Sam’s annoying belching—gross.
What was your favorite part of solving this mystery?

(Leilani giggles) Getting my annoying, itchy cast off!
Actually, I loved spying on Mrs. Wong and watching Kimo do a great diversion job. He may be my annoying I-know-everything little brother, but he really is a good detective. Oh, but don’t tell him I said that—he’ll bother me forever about being a real member of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club.
What about Kimo? Is he still blackmailing you?

Naw. He does know some secrets about me from both mysteries, but as long as I give him some important jobs to do, he won’t tell Mom.

Were you ever scared while solving this mystery?

Only when I thought Kainoa was trapped in a fire. Seeing all that smoke freaked me out big-time! (Leilani blushes) He’s my surfing buddy, and . . . well . . .
Oh, yes, we know!

I mean, have you ever seen Kainoa surf? He’s amazing.

(I wink at Leilani and her face flushes red again) Summer’s over now and school’s about to start. Do you think you’ll have time for another mystery?

(Leilani grins) I don’t know, but I’ll be on the lookout for sure.
Thanks for visiting, Leilani!

Whether it's for a birthday or any other event in your child's/grandchild's life, get Menehunes Missing, better yet, get Pineapples in Peril and then your child will beg you for book two. This is a delightful series and I encourage parents or anyone involved with children to start them on the road to Hawaii with this wonderful series.

LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDY(MUST HAVE THE ADDY) AND I'LL BE PICKING A WINNER SUNDAY NIGHT! ALOHA!

33 comments:

  1. Alohawaai! Alohawaai! I've never been there but reading these books is like being there. My grandkids loved the first one! kkakins at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Karla! So happy you shared Pineapples in Peril with your granddaughters! Let me know what they had to say, okay??? Aloha! --Cheryl

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  2. Just returned from a week on Moloka'i, and loving all things Hawaiian, I'd love to win this book! wordsong7 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. I haven't been to Moloka'i yet, but would love to visit! Thanks so much for supporting Linda's blog, Kate! Aloha! --Cheryl

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  3. Thanks, Linda! I've been intrigued by Cheryl's books but (ugh, I hate to admit this) haven't picked them up yet. Now I know more than ever that I must. I write for middle grades and I love mysteries. Oh, and if I win this book, I might even share it with some actual middle grade readers -- after I'm done! (I love not growing up.)
    Burt
    burtseyevu@aol.com

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    1. You won't be sorry, Burton. They are hilarious!

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    2. Burton, you're so funny!! I think any of us who writes for that age group has a part of us that has never grown up! Hope you're able to read both books in the series soon--and book 3 comes out in August!! Aloha! --Cheryl

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  4. I love Cheryl's books. Put my name in for Burt, because if he hasn't read one, he should!

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    1. Awwww . . . you're just so sweet, Normandie! Aloha! --Cheryl

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  5. Cheryl is also a marvelous encourager, besides a fun writer.

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    1. What a wonderful thing to say, Lisa!! You've been a great supporter of me and my writing, and I sooooo appreciate it. Aloha! --Cheryl

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  6. Sounds like a super book for my granddaughter, thanks for the chance to win this great read.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Kids are loving the books, Marjorie! If you don't win a copy of book two, book one (Pineapples in Peril) is a great way to start the series (although any order will work!) Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. Aloha! --Cheryl

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  7. My granddaughter would really enjoy this. She had 2 neighbor girls recently move to Hawaii and I know she would love to read this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Where are great way to introduce her to what her friends are no doubt enjoying!

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    2. How fun for your granddaughter's neighbors! I'll admit it--I'm jealous. Can't wait to get back there for another visit! Your granddaughter will for sure love to read about where her friends are now living. Aloha! --Cheryl

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  8. This series sounds great :-) I know my grandsons would love reading all about Hawaii and kids solving mysteries. What's not to love, right?! (And Lisa is right about Cheryl being a great encourager.) My email is deborahdeetales@gmail.com.

    Thanks for a great post!

    Blessings,
    Deb

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    1. Thanks, Deb!! You are just as wonderful about encouraging--you really supported me and my blog when I was just starting out. There are several male characters that boys totally love in The Hawaiian Island Detective Club--Sam, Kainoa--and of course Kimo!! Aloha! --Cheryl

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  9. Wish these books had been around when I was teaching middle school. They are great. A fun read not just for kids, but adults, too.

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    1. Yes, Davalyn, adults love them too. I just had a lady from church tell me that she got interrupted while reading and couldn't wait to get back to it (Menehunes Missing)! She read Pineapples, too, before passing it on to her granddaughter. Thanks for your support and reviews! --Aloha! --Cheryl

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  10. Sounds like a fun book. I have four grandchildren the right age for it and I'm interested in youth books because I've written one, Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult. I"d love to read yours. Mine is a mystery also. Joe's parents are missing and he and a gang attempt to solve and prevent crime by using harmless things like water, noise, sand, rope, and a pet skunk.

    ada (at) adabrownell (dot) com

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    1. A pet skunk, huh??? Now that would be a challenge for sure, Ada! Don't you just LOVE writing for this age?? Thanks for visiting. Aloha! --Cheryl

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  11. Sounds interesting. I like to read books for younger readers and to write for them too.
    Mary tormhake at netzero dot com

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Mary! Hope you get a chance to read all three books in The Hawaiian Island Detective Club. Aloha! --Cheryl

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  12. My grandson got into the car last Friday with an open book in his hand and his book bag over one shoulder! He said, "Hi, Memaw," and hooked his seatbelt and went on reading! (I think he takes after me. Ha.) He's seven and reading ahead of his age group. He requested books for last Christmas. I gladly purchased four of them! I bet he'd like this one.

    Karen

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    1. Oh, yes, Karen! Books make such great gifts for kids, and he'd for sure love Kimo! Hope you remember The Hawaiian Island Detective Club for next Christmas. All three will be out by then (book 3 releases in August!) Aloha! --Cheryl

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  13. Thanks! What fun for my granddaughter!

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  14. I would love to win the book, "Menehunes Missing" to add to the Church Library collection.
    Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I would love to see my series (all 3 books), The Hawaiian Island Detective Club, in libraries and church libraries everywhere! Thanks for the visit, Janet. Aloha! --Cheryl

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  15. Hahahaaa, What a cute interview! Love it!!

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    1. Big smiles, Jessica! Thanks for all you do to support me and The Hawaiian Island Detective Club! Aloha --Cheryl

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  16. Wow!! I was out of "the loop" yesterday so didn't get to any of these great comments!! Thanks so much, Linda, for your very kind words and for the interview of Leilani. Aloha! --Cheryl

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