INTRUDERS ON BATTLESHIP ISLAND

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Something strange is happening on Battleship Island!

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At first, strange lights flickered on the island. Then they were gone. Two men carrying flashlights appeared. Then they quickly sped away in their boat. A few days later, the men came back. What were they doing on the island? Could they be hiding a secret?
     Jeff Douglas and his pals are plunged into a series of scary adventures as they discover the real truth about the island. An old shack with a secret underground room, hidden treasures, a spooky house, dangerous thieves, and several narrow escapes, reveal the island’s past, and teach the boys a valuable lesson in friendship, courage and determination.
      Intruders on Battleship Island is the first book in the series, The Bayshore Mysteries. Be sure to check out the other four books in the series, The Secret Graveyard, The Mystery of Wragg Swamp, Mystery on Mound Island and The Ghost of Blakeley Past.
     **Intruders On Battleship Island reached Number 1 on Amazon’s Best Selling Children’s Historical Mysteries, Top 100 Free.

Battery McIntosh Island a few years ago

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Battery McIntosh Island in 1995

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An artist drawing of the Battle of Mobile Bay

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Admiral Farragut in the Battle of Mobile Bay

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Admiral Franklin Buchanan, who commanded a small confederate fleet in the Battle of Mobile Bay.

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Peter Bernard who once lived on Battery McIntosh Island

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Peter Bernard’s boat and shack

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Click on the link to see more pictures

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The Ghost of Blakeley Past

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Something strange is happening at Historic Blakeley State Park!

First, Jeff hears strange stories about the park. Then, there is talk about a ghost. Next, Jeff and his pals plan an overnight camping trip to the historic site. What is going on there? Are the strange stories true? Will they meet a ghost? Jeff knows he has to find out.

Jeff Douglas and his pals solve an exciting mystery when they go to Historic Blakeley State Park, the site of the last major battle of the Civil War, Fort Blakeley, and the location of the 1814 town of Blakeley. An exciting trek through the park, a strange presence, a scary night search, and a threatening storm are all part of their adventure. As they embark on their amazing journey, they learn valuable lessons in friendship and courage, and discover the amazing Civil War history of Historic Blakeley State Park.

The Ghost of Blakeley Past is the fifth book in The Bayshore Mysteries. Be sure to look for the other four books in the series.

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The Battle of Fort Blakeley, AL  http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/blakely1.html

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Fort Blakeley, The Last Battle of the Civil War   http://www.exploringoffthebeatenpath.com/Battlefields/FortBlakeley/index.html

The Siege of Fort Blakeley  http://www.blakeleypark.com/civilwar.asp

Historic Blakeley State Park http://www.blakeleypark.com/

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The Bayshore Mysteries

A great series for kids age 9-12 that includes adventure, mystery, local history and fun characters!  There are now five books in the series: Intruders on Battleship Island, The Secret Graveyard, The Mystery of Wragg Swamp, Mystery on Mound Island, and The Ghost of Blakeley Past. All five books are available in print and E-Book at Amazon.com.

As a youngster, I grew up in a small southern town with lots of freedom to play and explore my surroundings. As with all childhoods, there were ups and downs, but I feel that these experiences served as a springboard for my writing. In my adult years, my experience as a teacher and counselor further developed the writing framework that later grew into this unique mystery series, The Bayshore Mysteries.

Happy Reading! Jerrye Sumrall

Mystery On Mound Island

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 Something strange is happening on Mound Island!

First, Jeff heard strange stories about the island. Then, Grandpa Douglas said it might be cursed, or even haunted. Next, Jeff and his pals plan an overnight camp out on the island. What is going on there? Is it haunted? Is it cursed? Could the strange stories be true? Jeff knows he has to find out

Jeff Douglas and his pals solve another mystery when they go to Mound Island, once the home of an ancient group of Indians who built earthen mounds there. A climb up an Indian Mound, missing artifacts, a strange man, a ghostly figure, a scary night search, and a run-in with some dangerous thieves reveal the island’s amazing past and teach the kids valuable lessons about courage, self-reliance, and respect for others.

Mystery on Mound Island is the fourth book in The Bayshore Mysteries. Be sure to look for the fifth book in the series, The Ghost of Blakeley Past.

Map of Indian Mounds on Mound Island

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Helpful Links

Tours to Mound Island http: http://bit.ly/2nf4ohY

Encyclopedia of Alabama: Bottle Creek Site  http://bit.ly/WrqRq7

Old Mobile Archaeology: Bottle Creek  http://bit.ly/16vaszu

 Ceramic Effigy Found on Mound Island http://bit.ly/Zb0T5f

Wikipedia: Bottle Creek Indian Mounds  http://bit.ly/XP5YTX

Article: An Adventure into Prehistoric Alabama   http://bit.ly/t5jgHL

Rice Creek Landing  http://bit.ly/1bsl7AD

Tour from Rice Creek to Mound Island   bit.ly/19mWqqa

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The Secret Graveyard

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The Secret Graveyard is now in print!

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Something strange is happening in Beatrice!

     First a mysterious boy appears. Then unusual carved figures are found. Later, slave journals are discovered and then a secret map. Where does the map lead? Will Jeff and Melissa solve the mystery about the strange boy? Could it be connected to the secret map? Jeff Douglas and new friend Melissa are thrown into a series of mysteries and adventures when he comes to visit his great grandfather in Beatrice, Alabama. Beatrice, a small southern town whose past holds many secrets, is just part of the mystery. Other secrets are revealed when they pursue a strange African-American boy, discover unusual carved figurines, find old slave journals, and then a secret map. Further adventures find them exploring an old courthouse, getting lost in the woods and trapped in a train tunnel. Their quest to find the truth takes them on a mysterious and sometimes scary journey into the past. The Secret Graveyard is the second book in The Bayshore Mysteries. Be sure to look for the other three books in the series, The Mystery of Wragg Swamp, Mystery on Mound Island, and The Ghost of Blakeley Past.

Rikard’s Mill Historical Park

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The old courthouse in Monroeville, AL.

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Helpful Links

The Underground Railroad  http://www.historynet.com/underground-railroad

American Slave Narratives http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/wpa/wpahome.html

 Documenting the American South: Slave Narratives  http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/

 Slave Narratives: The Federal Writers’ Project http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/

 Encyclopedia of Alabama: Runaway Slaves http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-2125

Loading cotton onto the steamboat “Magnolia” on the Alabama River

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The Train Tunnel Described in the Book

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The Mystery of Wragg Swamp

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I would like to introduce my third book, The Mystery of Wragg Swamp. The photos above were taken along Three Mile Creek in Mobile, AL. The creek meanders along in a swampy area that surrounds the float warehouses mentioned in the story. The area does not represent the actual location of  the original Wragg Swamp, which was drained in the 1950’s.

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Synopsis for The Mystery of Wragg Swamp:

Amidst Mobile’s festive Mardi Gras celebration, Jeff and his pals discover another mystery. A trip to an old warehouse in the middle of Wragg Swamp, a discovery in Uncle Ed’s basement and a frightening night in the swamp, set the plot for the third book, “The Mystery of Wragg Swamp.”

School is out for the Mardi Gras holidays, and Jeff is looking forward to the gala celebration and riding on a parade float with Uncle Ed. He’s especially looking forward to a trip to the float warehouse where the floats are designed and built. The only catch is a bully named Billy Leatherwood and his bossy younger sister, Jessica, who insist on tagging along. When Jeff and his pals finally go to the float warehouse with Uncle Ed, they experience strange happenings and scary noises. After hearing frightening sounds and Uncle Ed’s story about a mysterious wild man who lives in the swamp, Jeff decides that he and his pals have to explore it.

A few days later, while Jeff and his friends help Uncle Ed clean out his basement, Jeff discovers an old box full of newspaper clippings. One of the clippings is an old 1970 article about a failed businessman who disappears after losing his family, his home and his business. Jeff becomes enthralled in the article and begins to read all about him, including the strange sightings of him in Wragg Swamp.  Could it be the same mysterious swamp man in Uncle Ed’s story?  The article dismissed the sighting reports as hearsay and gossip, but Jeff thinks he’s the same wild man of Wragg Swamp.  Now, all he has to do is prove it!

The reader will be intrigued and entertained as Jeff and his pals, along with Billy and Jessica, set out on a dangerous journey to solve the mystery of Wragg Swamp. A threatening storm, frightening sounds, and getting lost and stranded in the swamp are all part of their perilous journey. The lure of mystery and suspense,  along with lessons in friendship and courage, make this a compelling read.

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From the back cover:

Something strange is happening in Wragg Swamp! First, the lights go out in the Mardi Gras float warehouse. Then mysterious sounds are heard. Next, an eerie cry is heard along the road to the float garage. Later, Jeff and his pals learn about a wild man in the swamp. Who is he and why does he live there? What truth do they learn about him? Could it be connected to the unexplained happenings around the float warehouse?

Amidst Mobile’s festive Mardi Gras celebration, Jeff and his pals, along with an annoying girl named, Jessica, discover another mystery. A trip to an old warehouse in Wragg Swamp, a discovery in Uncle Ed’s storage shed, a frightening storm and getting lost and stranded in the swamp are all part of their dangerous venture. The lure of the swamp and the strange man lead Jeff and his pals on an unforgettable journey that reveals the truth and teaches them valuable lessons in friendship and courage.

The Mystery of Wragg Swamp is the third book in The Bayshore Mysteries. Be sure to check out book four in the series, Mystery on Mound Island and book five, The Ghost of Blakeley Past.

*Helpful links about Mardi Gras

Mobile Carnival Museum    http://www.mobilecarnivalmuseum.com/

Joe Cain: Founder of Mobile’s modern day Mardi Gras   http://bit.ly/VRktqG

Mobile Mardi Gras.com  http://www.mobilemardigras.com/

Wikipedia: Mardi Gras in Mobile  http://bit.ly/Vn7d7s

Wikipedia: Moon Pie  http://bit.ly/ZHrE1S

 

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