In this original new series, three children tackle real unsolved mysteries and struggle with real unbroken codes to get to the hidden truth.
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Book One: The Power of Three
Imagine the chance to solve the Voynich Manuscript - a puzzle that has truly defeated adults for centuries. And there are Rules that say it is forbidden to even try to solve it.
Together with her new friends, Brodie must break the rules to break the code, at every turn facing terrible danger. For someone is watching them - and will even kill to stop them.
Book Two: Orphan of the Flames
Brodie, Hunter and Tusia are back at Station X, the secret code-cracking station at Bletchley Park. And they are still wrestling with the great unanswered question: what secret lies behind the ancient, coded Voynich Manuscript?
Their first adventure left them with a musical box that plays a tune by the composer, Elgar. At once they are off on a new search which takes them to the stories behind Elgar's famous music and a coded letter he wrote to a young friend, Dorabella. Will they survive, when hot on their trail is a secret organisation that has always thwarted the search for Truth and is prepared to kill to stop them?
Book Three: The Knights of Neustria
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Team Veritas are back at Bletchley Park where a secret message hidden in a Shakespeare Portfolio pulls them into a new code-cracking adventure. Their investigations lead them to the writings of Sir Francis Bacon. Soon, they uncover the history of the Knights of Neustria, a brotherhood that goes back to the time of King Arthur charged with protecting a legendary secret.
But are they any closer to their goal - to unravel the secret behind the ancient coded Voynich Manuscript?
The stakes are getting higher as our young trio chase their quest from Cambridge to a terrifying struggle along the currents of the surging River Wye. Only one step behind them is the secret organisation who will stop at nothing to block them from discovering the truth ...
Book Four: Tower of the Winds
The Knights of Neustria's quest is clearer to Team Veritas now - but so is their understanding of the terrible enemy they are up against. People are going missing. No one at Station X is safe anymore. But there are still important truths to uncover.
Which secret organization is protecting the work of the Knights of Neustria and do they know who is buried in the unmarked Shepherd's Tomb at Shugborough Hall? Will the story of the mysterious treasure ship 'The Covadonga' help the team of Secret Breakers discover more about the world described in the ancient coded Voynich Manuscript?
And will every member of the team survive the race against time when the sinister Black Chamber chooses to leave them all a terrifying message?
Book Five: The Pirate’s Sword
Team Veritas have been searching for the truth. But sometimes the truth is hard to handle.
No longer safe in England, the team from Station X must escape to the United States of America where they embark on an epic treasure hunt. It starts in New York City where they track down a precious ring once owned by a Knight of Neustria. From there, on to Washington DC to look for clues in the largest library in the world - and then a trek across the Blue Ridge Mountains in search for treasure hidden in a long forgotten cavern.
The mystery of the coded Voynich Manuscript is getting closer ... but so is the sinister Black Chamber who is following their every step. And for one of the team, it could be their last ...
Book Six: The Circle of Fire
The time for answers has arrived. After the death of a much loved friend, Team Veritas has even more to fight for. At the University of Yale, in the underground vaults of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the team finally get to see the real live Voynich Manuscript. Amongst stories of giants, betrayal and death, the language of the most mysterious manuscript in the world is finally understood. An ancient secret is broken.
And now Team Veritas know their final quest: to journey to the real Avalon - the island where truth and legend meet. But they do not travel alone. There are some who seek revenge. And there are others who demand an impossible sacrifice - only then can the words of the Firebird Code be completely understood. With danger around every corner, can the Secret Breakers finally unlock the truth?
The SECRET BREAKERS series concludes in this dramatic and satisfying finale.
A Selection of Reviews about the series
'... plenty of action and adventure, mixed in with generous dollops of facts and information which will definitely appeal to readers who enjoy having their brains challenged as well as their imaginations.' (The Bookbag)
'readers who love to follow clues and solve a mystery will be addicted to this gripping adventure' (Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4kids) 'This gripping thriller ... will have you on the edge of your seats.' (TBK Magazine)
'Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way. It was fantastic!' (Written Dimension)
'meticulously planned and very well-written' (Carousel Magazine)
'an utterly thrilling, exciting, intriguing romp.' (MostlyReadingYA.com)
'Humour, despair, fear, excitement... This ticks all the boxes.' (Inis Magazine)
'My favourite part of this tremendous book was the fact it was packed with so much excitement, on every page a new secret was unzipped and leaving you feeling so excited... it is a must read!' (Rachie, guardian.co.uk)
Want to know more about the series?
If you want even more detail about the books in the Secret Breakers series then why not check out these two videos? They show interviews I gave about the stories. One was filmed in Paris when I made a visit to the French Publishers…and one was filmed by some junior bloggers as part of the Bath Literary Festival. Enjoy!