From the Author
Good mystery writers come in all sizes, ages, and packages -- and sometimes younger writers come up with a story that makes even veteran writers sit up and take notice. Such is the case of 16 year old Kayla McGrady, a junior this year at Gate City High School, Gate City, Virginia.
Kayla is one of the world's biggest dreamers, but one dream has lasted throughout her entire life, standing more prominently than all others, is the dream to write. She remembers writing stories ever since she was old enough to spell the words. The first one was a fully illustrated fantasy which she wrote early in second grade. Now Kayla is turning to mysteries with her first novel, Dead Ball Foul, scheduled to be published in September 2000 by the Overmountain Press. (A mystery for young adults written by a young adult. What a NOVEL idea!)
Kayla's other loves include singing, art, and (of course) her family, friends, and pets. She lives on a farm with two dogs, a cat, a horse, a rooster, a hamster, several fish, her parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. All manage to co-exist in a tiny valley lost somewhere deep within the Scott County hinterlands, near the Tennessee border.
From the Inside Flap
"In a refreshing debut mystery for young adults, Kayla McGrady amply demonstrates her expertise at following the dictum "Write what you know about." While she may not know about murder at her tender age, she certainly knows about high-school life and high-school students in Virginia. Her heroine, Tricia Lakely, is a likeable young woman with a take-charge attitude learned from her widowed mother. When two murders occur in Tricia's orbit, she recruits three of her friends to assist her, but it is Tricia who solves the crimes without relying on others. Kidnapped by the killer, Tricia is the one to save herself and her friend Luke, and it is Tricia who disables the killer, instead of relying on adults to rescue her. Let's hope Kayla McGrady has more of these well-written adventures in mind for Tricia."
Linda Hutton, Hutton Publications and member of Sisters in Crime, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and Women in the Arts