Nathan was supposed to interview them this month, but ever since they made him a member of their Detective Mystery Squad, he's been off solving all kinds of mysteries, so he asked if I could host them instead. Well - duh - of course I can host them! They're awesome! Didn't you see my review?? I can't wait to get started, so let's invite them in!
Fairday: The DMS stands for Detective Mystery Squad. It’s a club that Lizzy and I came up with. We’ve been friends since the 1st grade, and we love solving mysteries. So, we decided to create a club where we uncover the truth in unsolved cases. We’ve been in business for 2 years, and have come across some really interesting mysteries!
Lizzy: Investigating the Begonia House was awesome, and it’s been fun having Brocket the Rocket in the DMS now- even though he isn’t as cool as he thinks he is. lol.
Marcus: I am as cool as anyone you know, Lizzy. : ) Tell them about the question, Fairday.
Fairday: Right! In order to get into the DMS, you have to guess the answer to an ancient riddle.
Lizzy: Should we tell them the riddle?
Marcus: Um, yeah! Here it is: What goes on four legs, then on two, and at last on three?
DMS: We’ll be waiting to hear from you!
Hey, Marcus, I think you're pretty cool. You all are actually. But speaking of cool, let's talk about those backpacks you carry – what exactly do you have in them?
Lizzy: Well, mine has a headlamp, tweezers, my older brother’s multi-tool key chain, and a digital camera. Fairday has the notebook, binoculars, finger-printing powder, black light, and small flashlight. We’re still fitting Marcus with his-even though he doesn’t need anything!
Marcus: Hey, what can I say? My dad’s in the FBI and I have some pretty cool tools that I get to “borrow”.
Fairday: Almost! If it hadn’t been for my little sister, Margo, stumbling on a strange pair of sneakers, who knows what would have happened at the Begonia House!
Fairday: Well, sometimes. I mean, there was a point when we were working on the Begonia House case that I was really scared and I wasn’t sure if we were going to be okay. But, having my partners with me gave me confidence. We solved the mystery and no one was hurt- success!
Lizzy: I’m not really afraid of too many things. I get scared when I see other people who are afraid- though I must admit the willow tree coming alive was pretty freaky : )
Marcus: Me scared? No way!
Fairday and Lizzy roll their eyes again : )
Do you have any more mysteries in the works that will be made into books?
Fairday: Yes! We will be working on a case called The Talking Library next...
Marcus: You will not even believe what we have uncovered for this next case. It’s seriously going to rock.
Where can readers find out more about you?
Fairday: You can stop by my blog to check out the latest buzz on the DMS and find out more about the middle grade and children’s picture books that are haunting the shelves of book shops these days. : )
Lizzy: Stop by Fairday’s Blog! We would love to hear from you!
Marcus: You should definitely stop by. It’s pretty awesome.
Lizzy: Nate is really awesome. I know his imagination will come in handy solving cases. We would love to have you in the DMS, Millie! : ) Thank you so much for hosting the 2nd Character Book Club! It was great to be here with you today, and we can’t wait to find out where we are meeting next!
Hey - I DO know the answer to that riddle - you know why? Because I read it in your book!! But I don't want to just blurt it all out here, so I'll email you. I'm so glad you guys stopped by this was a BLAST!!
Before you go though ... I have a little problem I was hoping you could help me with. See I’m pretty sure there’s a ghost in my house. He (she?) only comes out at night, and I have to be honest. It’s kind of freaking me out. Any tips on how I can figure out the mystery and maybe get it to go away?
Fairday: Hmmm.. A ghost! How exciting! From what you have told us, you definitely need to do some investigations. Of course, we wish we could come and help you figure this one out.
Lizzy: Luckily, we have lots of ideas to help you solve this case. Trying to find out if it is a ghost or a person is tricky. The first thing I would do is put a light layer of carpet freshener powder on the hall carpet. Then, in the morning you can check for footprints and see where they came from.
Fairday: I love that one, and it reminded me of another idea. Before you go to sleep, put a piece of tape on the outside of each door in the hallway- from the door to the trim- If the tape is broken in the morning, then you know who was walking around at night. Who knows, it could be a clue!
Marcus: If you have access to night vision goggles you can put them on and hide out in the hallway. This could be scary, and you may want to invite a friend or use a video camera that can record in the dark, so that you don’t have to stay in the hall. If you use a video camera set it up on a stand at the end of the hall and hit record. Maybe in the morning all will be revealed!
Fairday: We hope you will keep us posted on the investigation. If you need more ideas or some extra help, give us a call and we will see if we can get there to help!
So before I go, I have a couple of announcements!
First of all - last week at our first CBC meeting, we announced a Fan Art Contest! We got lots of great entries and it was hard to choose just one, but we all agreed - the winning entry was from 8 year old Ryan K who drew a scene from Nate Rocks the Boat! Thanks Ryan - you won a signed copy of Nate Rocks the School!