Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives Giveaway

Hi, all, it’s Sher here. Today is Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, and I want to start with many thanks to Shannon Messenger for the meme honoring my favorite genre.


Now I have a giveaway for Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives, a fun and twisty middle grade series by Michael Scott Miller. Although I haven’t read the book myself, I trust author and college professor Kevin Gerard’s opinion. Since I read his first book, Diego’s Dragon, an awesome tale, I’ve been sending him review requests.  Feel free to check Goodreads for his review along with others, mostly 5 stars. If you ask me, the alliterative titles themselves are fun to read! But please read the blurbs below as well and see if you or someone you know might enjoy this series. In fact, whoever wins the giveaway will receive paperback copies of the entire set!



Middle grade children’s book series featuring the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives —
Amanda, Melanie, Tubby, Tyler, & Dontrelle.
When a painting by legendary artist Thomas Farkleberry is stolen from the art gallery where Tyler’s mother works, Tyler’s mind races to the whispered conversation he overheard on the night of the big gala. But when his mother dismisses Tyler’s suspicions, he and his friends, Melanie, Amanda, Tubby, and Dontrelle, decide to take the investigation into their own hands. Can they crack the case before their parents discover what they are up to?
When a series of unusual accidents threatens the survival of Camp Manahoac, the camp’s owners frantically call the police to investigate. Detective Johansson sends the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives—Tubby, Tyler, Dontrelle, Amanda, and Melanie—under cover to find out what’s going on. Are the mishaps just a few unfortunate coincidences or is someone trying to sabotage the camp?
A lost property deed. A homeless man nicknamed Boxcar living on the edge of town in a broken-down railroad car. A cattle rancher digging for oil. A feud over a parcel of land.
Fast forward 140 years…
When the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives spend a week at Amanda’s grandparents’ lake house in Kansas, they decide to trace an old property deed they find just for fun. But as the kids investigate, they discover a lingering feud and begin to wonder if the deed holds a secret that some folks would rather keep buried.


What readers are saying…


This is a delightful children’s mystery book…Great characters, exciting mystery, and a very good example of friends joining forces to achieve a goal…Very highly recommended

—Amazon Top 1000 reviewer

This is a wonderfully entertaining detective story for children. It is well written and filled with exciting scenes. The quick pace will keep readers glued to the pages.


I fully recommend this action packed book for ages nine to thirteen. It’s so much fun!




About the Author…



After successfully publishing two novels for grown-ups, Michael Scott Miller decided to pursue a dream of creating a book series for children. This creative journey led to the release of the first three books in the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives series. Along the way, Michael developed a deep bond with his characters—Amanda, Melanie, Dontrelle, Tubby, and Tyler—and he is excited about taking them on more adventures.Prior to novel writing, Michael had his work published in the Welcomat (now Philadelphia Weekly) and wrote rock music reviews for the Wharton Journal while his wife was getting her degree there.Michael is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Lafayette Hill, PA, with his wife and three children.



Keep up with the young detectives…



Series website


And now it’s giveaway time!
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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. I had not heard of this series so thanks for sharing. Love the covers and the diverse characters. Could also make for a good read-aloud.

  2. Hi Sher. Thanks so much for hosting the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives today!

  3. I think my daughter and oldest son would both really enjoy these books!

  4. These sound like fun. Thanks for sharing.

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