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Harley James and the Peril of the Pirate’s Curse

by Leah Cupps


GENRE: Middle Grade Fiction



Will Harley find the magic pearl before Port Royal is destroyed?

Harley James, explorer and amateur cryptologist, has just arrived in Port Royal, Jamaica—home to the Caribbean’s famous sunken pirate city. Her latest mission? Prevent a mysterious, mythical blue pearl from being discovered and prevent city’s total destruction.

No sweat for an adventurer like Harley, right?

But just when Harley thinks she’s on the right track, everything she believes is turned upside-down. Her friends become enemies; her enemies become friends; and Harley isn’t sure who to trust—including the ghost who’s started following her around.

With time running out, Harley must rely on her codebreaking expertise to discover the truth, solve the riddles, and save the city from certain disaster!


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Does the sea ever stop moving?

I gripped the railing at the side of the ship and looked down at my feet. They were moving, and I was standing still. The ocean swayed to its own music. My dog, Daisy, stood next to me, panting with excitement. Tufts of her salt-and-pepper fur were poking out from her doggie life vest.

“You like this, huh?”

She gave me a friendly wag.

It’s not like I’m scared of the ocean. The beach is great. I’ve always loved the smell of the salt water and the wide-open view of the horizon, and I love bodysurfing and combing the sand for shells. But out there on a ship, I was having second thoughts about all this sea business. My stomach felt like it had its own wave action going. Only, the waves were on fire.


“Harley, you okay? You look as green as a patch of seaweed,” said Dad as he smiled down at me, his brown hair flapping in the wind. He had traded his signature blue field shirt and red bandana for a short-sleeved button-down with bright-green palm trees. I told him he looked more like a tourist than an archaeologist.

We were sailing over the rippling blue waters of Port Royal Harbour, Jamaica. You see, my dad is the world-famous archaeologist and explorer Russell James. He gets job offers that take him all around the world. And as his only daughter, I get to go along for the ride. It’s pretty great, most of the time.

Except for instances like this one, when I was about ready to throw up the Cheerios I had for breakfast.

But that’s a story for another day.

Leah Cupps

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Leah Cupps is an author, designer and entrepreneur. She came up with the idea for Harley James with her oldest daughter Savannah. Savannah had taken an interest in Mayan history and so the two of them worked together to come up with the idea for the first Harley James book; the Mystery of the Mayan Kings.

Leah lives in Indiana with her husband and three children. She is also the cofounder of Vision Forty Press, a small family owned publishing company.

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Author website: https://harleyjamesadventures.com

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Mystery in the Palace of Westminster Blog Tour

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Mystery in the Palace of Westminster

Theo Duncan is just an ordinary student. Except he also happens to be the son of the Prime Minister, Will Duncan. 

When the parliamentary mace is stolen from inside the Houses of Parliament, Theo is determined to help his dad get it back. But he can’t do it alone. And when help is offered, there’s a problem. It comes from the new girl at school, Sammy Jhor, who’s a supporter of the opposition party. 

Theo and Sammy form an unlikely team to spy on government officials, sneak through the corridors of Downing Street and pursue the thief through the Palace of Westminster. 

But when the evidence points to suspects at the highest levels of government, finding the thief could threaten Will Duncan’s leadership. 

Can Theo and Sammy put aside their differences to find the mace – and the thief – before the government is brought to its knees? 

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Author Bio –

Sarah Lustig grew up in London and went to school in Westminster, with politicians’ children. Her experiences at school and interest in politics inspired the idea for the Westminster Mysteries series. Mystery in the Palace of Westminster is her debut novel. She has been a book editor for nearly 15 years and now lives in Buckinghamshire, where she spends her time reading, writing and pottering on her balcony garden.

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This mystery is written for children ages 10-14 to enjoy. The story follows a middle-grade boy named Theo and his school friend, Sammy. Theo is the son of the British Prime Minister and he is at the age to question everything. Sammy is an Indian girl from a working-class family.

Theo is learning so much about the government and his father’s job. There is a sensational crisis when the mace from parliament is missing. Parliament can’t vote without the mace. This symbol is the traditional mace and everyone there is looking for it.

Theo and Sammy are in Citizenship class at school and become obsessed with finding the mace. They start becoming detectives and sneak around the Palace and town looking for clues to nail the suspect and find the mace.

They both get in trouble with their families and teachers, but just won’t give up. The book starts slow but gets much more exciting as the mystery progresses. There are many life lessons in the book, which is part of the Westminster Mysteries series.

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