Heeey, there! Welcome to the cover reveal for the sixth book in the Amanda Lester, Detective series, by Paula Berinstein: Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise! In this post, you’ll find overall info about the author and the book, an excerpt, my cover analysis and an awesome giveaway!
Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise
by Paula Berinstein
Amanda Lester, Detective #6
Genre: YA Middle Grade Detective/ Mystery
Release Date: March 27th, 2017
Cover designer: Anna Mogileva
What is Professor Scribbish hiding?
Amanda and her friends have known about the mysterious Detective’s Bible for some time. But what they never dreamed was that old Lovelace Earful, Legatum’s founder and the author of the precious book, had much more up his sleeve than that.
Now a strange pair of gold-rimmed spectacles he designed has fallen into the hands of the Moriarty brothers. But the glasses have been stolen, and it falls to Amanda to figure out where they are and get them back before . . . what? All she knows is that they’re powerful and the bad guys want them. But in order to acquire them she’ll have to penetrate a fortress where a new enemy is waiting—one who has already targeted Scapulus Holmes and is coming for her next.
What she doesn’t know is that sometimes you should leave well enough alone.
Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise is available in ebook format at Amazon!
In the deepest reaches of the basements he discovered Noel in the musical instruments room. Simon wasn’t the least bit musical but Ivy was, which meant he was deeply interested in anything along that line, and what in the world was Noel doing? He’d got the top of a grand piano open and the strings were hanging out all over the place.
“Greetings,” said Simon. “That’s quite a mess you’ve got there.”
Noel looked up with a confused expression on his face. “Oh, it’s you, Binkle. Say, come over here for a minute and hold this, will you?” He held up a string.
Simon tromped over to the piano and peered inside. “What are you doing? Did something happen?”
“Just hold this please,” said Noel.
Simon grabbed the string and pulled tight.
“No, not like that,” said Noel. “Just keep it out of the way.”
“Oh,” said Simon. He felt like an idiot standing there holding a loose piano string. But he was too curious not to ask. “What are you doing?”
“I dropped something. I need to get it out.”
“What?” He peered deeper. There was a teensy tiny frog inside. “Oh, I see it. Wait, it’s alive!”
“That’s right, it’s alive, and it’s going to be a disaster if I don’t get it out. It belongs to Professor Pargeter and it’s very valuable. It’s also poisonous so don’t touch it.”
“Really?” said Simon, reaching for the animal. “How poisonous?”
“What did I just say?” said Noel slapping Simon’s hand.
“Oh, sorry,” said Simon. He withdrew the hand but stared intently at the little thing, which was obviously so frightened it was turning colors.
“Now look what you’ve done,” said Noel. “It’s brought the poison to the surface. Stand back or it will spit.”
I usually don’t like illustrations with humans on book covers (I’m weird, I know), but if you’re doing it, that’s how you do it. Anna Mogileva once again portrayed a lovely Amanda in the settings of the blurb of the book, maintaining the big yellow title with the “branded” Amanda and the author’s name also in yellow. Working with long titles can be a pain, so I admire Anna twice as much for slaying this cover against all odds. No small letters, plenty of “blank” space for the illustration and rich colors to make Amanda come alive. Loved it!
Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, she’s crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, she’s never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition, compared to Amanda she’s a big chicken! And she wouldn’t mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, she’s hoping that some day she’ll get to build one.
This giveaway will have THREE INTERNATIONAL lucky winners!
- Winner #1 will take home a 30$ Amazon gift card
- Winners #2 and #3 will take home each a paperback copy of Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise!
That’s it! Thank you so much for reading =D I looove Middle Grade YA books ❤