A fast-paced, fun-filled middle-grade adventure that takes two friends on a treasure hunt around the musical city of New Orleans. Melanie Belaforte has a heap of trouble on her plate with her mother flirting with their neighbor, the prospect of two evil stepsisters, her best friend hating her, and now a ghost is haunting her. Not to mention the guys with the weird tattoos who are obsesses with finding her aunt's ruby necklace before she does. But she's on spring break, so she has time to pencil in an adventure between dealing with the rest of life's drama. Can she find the Cleopatra's ruby in time, though? And can she handle the consequences if she does?
Donna White has a talent for blending myth and fact in her books. She brings the history of New Orleans to life in a way that is irresistible. This mad romp through the birthplace of jazz pulled me in immediately. The ghost story intrigued me from the first couple page. Couldn't wait to see how it all got resolved. The crypt scene was one of my favorites. So creepy and gross! A great mix of fantasy mystery and wild adventure.
Welcome to New Orleans- home of Mardi Gras, jazz music and voodoo. Eighth grader Melanie Belaforte is home for Spring break and itching for excitement. Late one night she discovers a hidden chamber and a secret journal in her deceased Aunt Florence’s bedroom.
The diary contains the writings of a mad woman, along with vague clues to the whereabouts of a ruby necklace that once belonged to Cleopatra. The ruby bestows upon the wearer the power to hear other people’s thoughts- even the thoughts of the dead!
And so the hunt begins. Melanie, her best friend Sybil, and a haunting specter unravel clues that take them from crumbling graveyards, to the busy streets of the French Quarter, and then into murky swamps, all to find the prize. But they need to watch out, because a murderous cult is matching them step for step, and they won’t give up, ever.
"Rich with atmosphere, and full of delightful shivers, The Ruby Pendant pulled me right in. Part mystery, part ghost story, it is completely enjoyable."
- BRADEN BELL, author of the Middle School Magic series
“The Ruby Pendant is a non-stop thrill ride through the heart of New Orleans and beyond. A great read for adventurers of all ages.”
- JENNIFER SHAW WOLF, author of Breaking Beautiful and Dead Girls Don’t Lie
“Secret rooms! A missing necklace! Ghosts! The Ruby Pendant is a thrill-ride through New Orleans, a creative blend of suspense, mystery, and historical tidbits sure to tantalize readers of all ages. A worthy sequel.”
- LAURISA REYES, Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf Magazine
My name is Dorine White. I am a children's author and a book reviewer. I grew up back East in Maryland and attended BYU in Utah. I have a BA in Humanities with an interest in Art History and French. Currently I live in the beautiful, yet rainy Northwest with my husband and 6 children.
My first book in The Cleopatra's Legacy series, The Emerald Ring, was published on May 14, 2013. It is a middle grade fantasy novel that involves Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, and a magic emerald ring. The Ruby Pendant (Cleopatra's Legacy 2) is due out March 2014 and takes place in the vibrant New Orleans.
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