Cover Reveal: Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ Secret by Paula Berinstein

Today is the cover reveal for Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocksโ€™ Secret by Paula Berinstein. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocksโ€™ SecretAmanda Lester and the Blue Peacocksโ€™ Secret (Amanda Lester, Detective #4)
by Paula Berinstein
Genre: Mystery/detective
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: March 31, 2016

What does a dusty old secret have to do with peacocks?

Everything, as it turns out. When Amanda is knocked off her skateboard by a rare all-blue peacock, she learns that the species harbors a vital secret she must race to uncover. But before she can unravel the mystery, a startling archaeological discovery turns all of Britain against the detectives and threatens their very existence.

As old enemies gather strength and new adversaries emerge, Amanda finds herself dealing with hysterical teachers, a disappearing mentor, a mysterious poisoner, and a would-be magician. With so much at stake and so little time, the last thing she needs is to fall in love.

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Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocksโ€™ Secret first Darktower class excerpt:
On Monday Amanda and her friends had their first class with the new logic teacher. It was a scary affair. The pirate was rude, strict, and humorless, and now he smelled like cigars. Probably drank grog too, by the look of him, Amanda thought, whatever that was.
The first thing Professor Darktower said, in a really loud voice, was, โ€œAlice in Wonderland is not fun!โ€ No introduction, no โ€œGood morning,โ€ nothing. The statement was so abrupt and the message so out of any context that every kid in the class dropped something, gasped, choked, or bit their tongue, even if they werenโ€™t chewing. Then he said, โ€œIn this class we will read nothing but Lewis Carrollโ€”Aliceโ€™s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, the whole shebang. These publications are no laughing matter. You think Tweedledum and Tweedledee are funny? The Mad Hatter is a joke? Alice is cute? BALDERDASH!โ€
This extremely loud exclamation caused poor Dreidel to fall off his chair and twist his knee. But Professor Darktower would not let him go to the nurse. โ€œDetectives are not sissies,โ€ he said. โ€œYou will stay here and learn to be absolutely, impeccably logical. Got that?โ€
The boy nodded up and down and attempted to hide his pain. It was obvious that he was hurt, though, because he kept grimacing every time he tried to move his leg. Amanda was so outraged that she refused to keep quiet. โ€œHeโ€™s hurt. He needs medical attention.โ€
The huge man fixed her with a stony stare and said, โ€œThen heโ€™s out of my class. Do you think, missy, that when youโ€™re out battling the likes of Blixus Moriarty you can take a time out and go to the nurse? Now stop acting like a girl and be a detective. And as for you, laddie, one more sissy incident like this and youโ€™re out of my class. Got that?โ€
Dreidel nodded again but Amanda was furious. She opened her mouth to protest, but Ivy tugged on her sleeve and gave her a low โ€œUh uh,โ€ and she realized that her revenge would have to wait. But revenge she would have, and it would be a doozy. The man was worse than a boor. Why, he was even ruder than an arch-criminal. Even Blixus had never been as bad as that. She wondered what Professor Darktowerโ€™s parents must be like to produce a son like him.
There was something she could do right then and there, however. She reached into her bag and surreptitiously texted Dreidel: โ€œR U OK?โ€ โ€œY,โ€ the response came almost immediately. Of course he would say that. Dreidel was a trouper. And then it hit her that he hadnโ€™t gone off to Skye after all. She was glad, not just because heโ€™d stayed to support Legatum, but because he was a good guy and a great lab partner. She texted back a smiley and let it go for the time being.
Darktower glared at the class and said, โ€œAs I was saying, there are equations and syllogisms in these volumes that underlie every word, and weโ€™re going to find them. You will be responsible for finding them. Then, for your term paper, you will be expected to arrange them in a different way thatโ€™s still logically valid and write the text they would produce. Is that clear? I repeat: this task is not humorous or fanciful. It is deadly serious work, and you wonโ€™t be able to build ironclad cases unless you can master it.โ€
The man made about as much sense as that strange page Amanda had found. Sometimes it was hard to understand Professor Ducey, but not like this. What did he mean, equations and syllogisms underlie every word? It sounded like he was saying that the books had been translated into English from math. You could read an equation out loud, of course, and you could translate it into Spanish or Chinese, but how could youโ€”OMG. This was storytelling, just like the way she and Holmes had done when theyโ€™d put together the training film about a cyberforensics problem, except with math rather than words.
She glanced over at Holmes and found him looking at her and smiling. Heโ€™d got it too. He gave her a quick wink and then everything exploded.
โ€œMR. Holmes!โ€ bellowed the teacher. โ€œOut, NOW!โ€ Holmes looked astonished, then got up and walked out of the room. โ€œMISS Lester!โ€ the teacher continued. Amanda was surprised. โ€œOh, you thought I didnโ€™t know who you were,โ€ the man said. โ€œI want you to take your things, find Mr. Holmes, and wait in my office. Is that clear?โ€
โ€œButโ€”โ€ Amanda said.
โ€œOUT!โ€ he roared.
Amanda felt the strongest urge to stick her tongue out at him again, but she managed to control herself and abstained. She picked up her bag and followed Holmes out into the hall.
โ€œWhat in the world was that?โ€ he said when sheโ€™d caught up with him. He looked confused, as if he didnโ€™t know quite what to do with himself.
โ€œThe man is a lunatic,โ€ said Amanda. โ€œHe wants us to go to his office.โ€
โ€œBut the class just started,โ€ said Holmes. โ€œIt will be fifty minutes.โ€ Gosh, he looked good. His eyes seemed to be on fire. She looked away for a second.
โ€œAll I know is thatโ€™s what he said.โ€
He shook his head but he was smiling. โ€œYou know, the dumb thing is that up until he had his little meltdown, he was making sense.โ€
โ€œYou got that too?โ€ she said, matching his grin.
โ€œOf course. You taught me.โ€
โ€œI did, didnโ€™t I?โ€ she said. She felt absolutely triumphant. It was a wonderful feeling after that ridiculous scene in the classroom. โ€œWho needs him?โ€
โ€œI guess we do,โ€ said Holmes. โ€œIf we want to stay here.โ€
โ€œYouโ€™re not thinking of going to Skye?โ€ she said.
โ€œNever. Not even for Professor Ducey.โ€
And then, instead of worrying or fuming or plotting revenge, the two of them cracked up so hard they had to hold their stomachs.
When they calmed down enough to speak, Holmes looked at her with mischief in his eyes and said, โ€œYou know what this means, donโ€™t you?โ€
She threw back her head and laughed. โ€œWe have forty-five minutes to do whatever we want.โ€
โ€œCome on,โ€ he said. โ€œLetโ€™s go.โ€

Paula BerinsteinAbout the Author:
Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, sheโ€™s crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, sheโ€™s never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition, compared to Amanda sheโ€™s a big chicken! And she wouldnโ€™t mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, sheโ€™s hoping that some day sheโ€™ll get to build one.

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