Mineral Mischief by Renee Hand

Mineral Mischief

Join Renee Hand, author of the children’s mystery chapter book, The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Case#2: Mineral Mischief (North Star Press, April 1, 2011), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in June on her second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book.

About Renee Hand

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Renee Hand writes because it is a passion in her heart. She is a homeschool parent and likes to create books that educate and inspire the children of today. She was born in Michigan and still lives there with her husband and two children. She has a degree in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry. Renee is the author of the amazing mystery series known as the Crypto-Capers Series that encourages children to read by incorporating several topics of interest. The reader participates into the story by solving cryptograms and puzzles to solve the case. She is also the author of the Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Series, which focuses on animal detectives. This series is a great way to teach children about animals in a fun and interesting way that captures the reader’s attention and yet fills them with knowledge they will be learning about in school. All books are great to use in a classroom setting to supplement various topics or to just enjoy. Renee is an award-winning author, receiving awards such as a Best Book Award, a National Literary Award and a Preferred Choice award for her children’s series and adult books. She has just recently won a Seal of Excellence award in Storytelling for her Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Series. She has been writing for over twenty-five years and has nine books published. When she is not spending time with her family or participating in author events, she is coaching and playing tennis, as well as doing research for her books and many other things that keep her busy. Not quite sure what a cryptogram is and want to learn more? Visit the author’s website at www.reneeahand.com to learn about cryptograms and how to solve the ones that are in the books.

About Mineral Mischief

Mineral Mischief coverIn the midst of having her friends visit her rock collection, Maple Moo’s rare mineral goes missing from underneath her large cow nose. She instantly turns to Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill, the most famous detectives in Acorn Valley, to find it. But they didn’t know the task was going to be an impossible one. The suspects were hard to figure out. Was it Candy Cardinal, who committed the crime? She collects various gemstones to make jewelry. Brutus and Betty Blue Beaver also collect minerals and have a fancy quartz collection. Liam the Llama looks suspicious with his igneous rocks and exploding volcano, or was it Huckleberry Moose with his sedimentary rock collection? Joe-Joe and Biscuit find themselves at a loss until some bullies roar into town.

Read an excerpt!

Joe-Joe and Biscuit found themselves in a dark and dreary cave, and in front of them, sitting on an ornately carved stone pedestal, was Maple’s mineral. To reach out and take it would be so easy. It glistened like stars in a midnight sky, attracting their attention, luring them. There had to be a catch somewhere. Something wasn’t right. Joe-Joe and Biscuit stood beside the pedestal, analyzing it. There was a circle in the center of the pedestal, and the mineral was placed in the center of that circle. A TRAP! Thought Joe-Joe as he glanced at his partner, who was wearing a russet-colored fedora, which matched his own—they definitely looked sharp. Joe-Joe glanced behind Biscuit, where he noticed a deep gap in the wall. The opening was barred like a cage. Barely any light shined through to reveal what was inside. Joe-Joe had an inkling that, if he removed the mineral, the cage door would open, unleashing a horrific Greek beast that would assuredly eat them both for dinner. Joe-Joe began thinking like an adventurer. He was suddenly consumed with the identity of Indiana Jones.

Read the Reviews

“In addition to the fascinating story and the mystery element which will easily hold the reader’s interest, there is a lot of information about rocks and minerals embedded into the text, plus several pages in the back with further material about different kinds of rock, a glossary, suggested experiments, and the rock cycle chart. Renee Hand, who introduced Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill in The Great Pie Catastrophe and has also written the Crypto-Capers mysteries, has produced another winner that also deals subtly with the common problem of bullying.”

–Wayne Walker-Home School Book Review

“This is another great entry into the Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill series. The writing moves along quickly and educates without preaching. There are experiments in the back of the book that enhance the reading experience and further teach the child about rocks and their properties.”

–Broken Teepee

The Mineral Mischief Tour Schedule

Monday, June 6th

Interviewed at Blogcritics

Tuesday, June 7th

Book reviewed at Reviews by Molly

Wednesday, June 8th

Book reviewed at One Day at a Time

Thursday, June 9th

Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, June 10th

Guest blogging at Literal Exposurebooks

Monday, June 13th

Book reviewed at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Tuesday, June 14th

Guest blogging at The Book Faery Reviews

Wednesday, June 15th

Book reviewed and interviewed at Melange of Cultures’s Blog

Book reviewed at BookSnatchers

Thursday, June 16th

Guest blogging at Review from Here

Friday, June 17th

Book reviewed at Chrissy’s World of Books

Monday, June 20th

Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books

Tuesday, June 21st

Book reviewed at LadyD Books

Wednesday, June 22nd

Guest blogging and giveaway at Acting Balanced

Thursday, June 23rd

Book reviewed at Freda’s Voice

Friday, June 24th

Interviewed at The Hot Author Report

Monday, June 27th

Book spotlighted at The Plot

Tuesday, June 28th

Character interviewed at The Plot

Wednesday, June 29th

Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, June 30th

Guest blogging at Mayra’s Secret Bookshelf

Renee Hand’s THE MINERAL MISCHIEF VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ‘11 will officially begin on June 6th and end on June 30th, 2011.

Please contact Cheryl Malandrinos at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing this book. Thank you! Deadline for inquiries is May 20, 2011 or until the tour is filled.


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Posted on June 27, 2011, in Book Excerpt, Book Synopsis, Childrens, Fiction, Mystery. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thank you so much for posting this for my tour. I greatly appreciate it. I hope everyone will enjoy it.

  2. Thanks for hosting Renee today. This is a wonderful book. I hope your readers check it out. I look forward to seeing the character interview tomorrow.