Books

Terri DeMitchell’s Olde Locke Beach Mysteries feature preteen friends Rachel and Will, whose lawn service and house-sitting business gives them intimate knowledge of the coastal resort town in which they live and the opportunity to solve its mysteries affecting visitors and residents alike.

You Will Come Back

In You Will Come Back, the mystery begins when Rachel and her friend Will discover strange coins while working their summer jobs along the rocky New England coast. Their search for clues to the coins takes them to the Isles of Shoals where pirate treasure is rumored to be hidden.

Familiar places become dangerous ground when ghostly figures appear in the moonlight and unknown shadows follow their every step.

“Kids will flock to this book, You Will Come Back has the requisite discovery of buried treasure, shadowy figures, mysterious strangers, ghosts in the night and references to Black Beard the Pirate, but DeMitchell also supplies her young readers with main characters they can relate to, yearn to emulate and like to have as friends…The secret is in the characters.” – Foster’s Sunday Citizen

Winner of the Mayhaven Publishing Award for Children’s Fiction, You Will Come Back introduces readers to Rachel and Will and the rocky seashore of New England where the two friends face the dangers of the unknown together.

Jigsaw

In Jigsaw, Rachel and Will are hard at work with house-sitting and yard service when a rash of burglaries that seems to target vacant homes breaks out at Olde Locke Beach for the second summer in a row. The thief’s knowledge of the town—and its residents—points to an inside job. Besides each other, is there anyone to trust?

Worried both for their customers and for themselves, Rachel and Will try to solve the mystery by putting together the clues, including the burglar’s calling card: single jigsaw puzzle pieces left behind at the scene of every break-in.

“Jigsaw” is a fine pick for young readers.” – Midwest Book Review

“Will and Rachel bring their brand of detective work home to a fictional town based on Hampton, NH . . . DeMitchell’s second novel will have Seacoast kids doing a bit of sleuthing on their own to uncover the factual history behind JIGSAW. – Publishing Works

The Portsmouth Alarm

Terri DeMitchell’s latest novel for young adults, The Portsmouth Alarm: December 1774 centers on three teenage friends in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on the eve of the American Revolution. Each of them is forced to make choices about personal and family loyalties, choices that will affect the rest of their lives.

At the outset, Paul Revere has created panic by riding into town and claiming British regulars (soldiers) are on their way to seize the colony’s gun powder stored at Fort William and Mary. Is it true? Is Revere lying for his own interests? Or is the colonial governor who insists calm really just playing for time until the troops arrive?

In an atmosphere of fear and rumor, decisions must be made from which there might be no turning back. Schoolmates Joseph Reed, Jack Cochran and Andrew Beckett must each decide for themselves what is true, what is right, what must be done, and most important—who they will choose to be in life.

PRAISE FOR THE PORTSMOUTH ALARM: DECEMBER 1774

Kirkus Review

DeMitchell has a talent for the small details that result in a vivid story. Readers feel the rush of the icy Piscataqua River as Beckett tries not to fall off the edge of a barge full of people and the strain of physical work. The story also avoids easy characterizations of heroes and villains…A worthwhile read that personalizes the conflicts that led to the American Revolution.”

Thomas F. Kehr

Author of “The Seizure of His Majesty’s Fort William and Mary

A highly readable treatment of the ill-understood events surrounding the raids on Fort William and Mary; events that marked the opening of one colony’s armed rebellion against British authority. Although The Portsmouth Alarm is a fictionalized account of the little-known story of the raids, it encapsulates the events better than do many historical treatments . . .

The opening of the American Revolution was by its nature a confused affair, involving deep and sometimes conflicting emotions. It has often been claimed that one third of America was for the Revolution, one third was against it and one third was essentially undecided . . . DeMitchell’s book takes her readers into that world and, through her three main characters – Joseph Reed, Jack Cochran and Andrew Beckett – explores each of the three perspectives with sensitivity and an eye to historical accuracy . . . DeMitchell makes The Portsmouth Alarm a fine springboard for discussion. Her characters’ competing views effectively demonstrate why the situation in America at the beginning of the Revolutionary War has sometimes been called “the perfect crisis.”

Joseph J. Onosko

Ph.D., Associate Professor, Social Studies Theory & Methods, Department of Education, University of New Hampshire.

“DeMitchell’s riveting account of the Portsmouth rebellion invites readers to wrestle with the full spectrum of views on the appropriateness of this act of civil disobedience, as experienced by three teenagers whose personal relationships and lives will be forever altered.  Social studies and language arts teachers committed to citizenship education through the analysis of public issues will appreciate the author’s detailed, eminently fair, and complex treatment of a most controversial event.

Chelsea Creek to Bunker Hill: Spring 1775

Chelsea Creek to Bunker Hill, by Terri DeMitchellThe spring of 1775 was a confusing time, especially for fourteen-year-old Andrew Beckett. His plan to attend Harvard College to prepare to study medicine with his mentor, Dr. Ammi Cutter, has been shattered by the troop build up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. And, life in his hometown of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is becoming more dangerous by the day. Colonel John Stark, in charge of the troops from New Hampshire, requests medical supplies from Dr. Cutter. The doctor sends Andrew to deliver them, embroiling him in the battles of Chelsea Creek and Bunker Hill.

Editorial Reviews

“Fortunately for readers, Terri DeMitchell’s historical fiction hews close to historical fact and the author has a flair for capturing the feel of the troubled times. Her novels are informative, enjoyable and thought provoking.” -Thomas F. Kehr, Esq., Past President and Historian, New Hampshire Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

“Chelsea Creek to Bunker Hill: Spring 1775 is children’s historical fiction at its best…a powerful saga of the legacy of battle and the concerns of those who became mired in the struggle.” -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review