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The Five Clues (Don’t Doubt the Rainbow 1)

By: Anthony Kessel


£6.99

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Size: 198mm x 129mm

ISBN : 9781785835551

Format: Paperback

Published: August 2021

Availability: Coming Soon


Don’t Doubt the Rainbow is a new contemporary middle-grade detective series with a difference – to solve each mystery, 13-year-old Edie Marble must harness the Three Principles, a new approach to understanding how the mind works that is currently proving invaluable in improving mental health and well-being in children internationally.

The first book in the series, The Five Clues, is a real-time murder-mystery thriller and family drama, combining an exciting race against time with a heart-rending story about a teenager learning to live with the loss of a beloved parent.

Walking back from her mother’s grave, 13-year-old schoolgirl Edie Marble finds a note in a pocket of the sheepskin coat that she hasn’t worn since the day, a year earlier, when she received the awful news of her mother’s death. The note is from her mother, who had been looking into a corporate human rights violation and had become fearful for her life after receiving death threats. She trusts only Edie – because of their special bond and Edie’s intelligence – and has laid a trail of clues for Edie to find that will help her to shed light on the violation and uncover the mystery around her death.

Through her wit and determination, Edie steadily gathers evidence and negotiates the dramatic twists and turns of the story by collaborating with her friends and family to gradually unearth a sinister attempt by a pharmaceutical company to conceal their illegal development of a lethal virus.

As Edie’s investigations progress she is introduced, in parallel, to the Three Principles, which help her conquer various psychological stresses and support her in coming to terms with her grief.

Reading age 11+.


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Anthony Kessel

Professor Anthony Kessel is a public health physician, academic and author. Since 2019 Anthony has been working in a national role as Clinical Director (National Clinical Policy) at NHS England and NHS Improvement. Anthony is an international authority on public health, a Trustee director of BookTrust, and also advises other charities on global health and mental health. Anthony has trained as an executive coach and writes a personal column 'Global Health Experience' (https://medium.com/@AKessel) - exploring his leadership work through a lens of psychological well-being.


Reviews

  1. The Five Clues is a compelling, page-turning mystery centred around Edie Marble’s pursuit of the truth behind the death of her mother. In uncovering the secrets and lies surrounding her mother’s death, Edie exposes the corrupt underbelly of society and discovers the deep mysteries of her own grieving mind. Written with professional insight into well-being and the mental health impacts of grief, this is a murder mystery to open hearts and minds. Brimming with emotional intelligence and determination to fight injustice, Edie Marble is the lie-busting heroine we need now more than ever!
  2. The Five Clues is cool in many ways. It has an Alex Rider approach to crime-fighting in that it is non-stop action. Like Anthony Horowitz’s teen crime-fighter, London-based Edie is working through her grief over the loss of her mother and couldn’t do it without the help of a very good friend. Unlike Alex Rider, however, Edie has a tight-knit family – including a loving father and younger brother. It is this love that will determine whether or not Edie is successful in her quest. I love the music references that Edie and her parents shared and I know that this book will appeal to the teens of music-loving parents. What I enjoyed most about the novel was Edie’s Judaism and the descriptions of Jewish grief rituals such as the stone-setting service. Being half-Jewish myself, I’m very familiar with Jewish funerals and graveside rituals and it felt great to see that represented in a YA novel. What Kessel does best in The Five Clues is to write complex and detailed villains, especially in Zero, the trained assassin central to the story. It is rare to really get to the heart of a villain’s motives and raison d’etre, especially in a young YA novel such as this.
  3. I enjoyed this book. It is well written with good character development, relatable characters and relatable moments that dealt with very raw emotions in a beautiful way. I read it quickly and could not put the book down. I would definitely recommend it.
  4. This teen mystery is full of adventure and action. I love how the story evolves around the five different clues and how Edie and the people around her gradually work together to solve the mystery. The story keeps you guessing and I couldn’t put it down at all. I cannot wait for book 2!
  5. The Five Clues is a brilliant book which covers topics such as truth, integrity, commercial greed and exploitation in an easy-to-understand way for young people.

    I really enjoyed the story, reading it in one day, and will be recommending it to the pupils in my school.
  6. Brilliantly written and unputdownable, The Five Clues is a great read which illustrates the virtue of resilience and the psychological teachings of the Three Principles through a gripping story.

    Set against a backdrop of adversity and anxieties, Edie Marble navigates her way through a complex world. She faces up to challenges with an ineffable quality -“ and, rather than letting the situation overcome her, she finds ways to rise up and better herself.

    I loved the story, characters and concepts, and I know that my 13-year-old son will love Edie's strong character and dedication to a cause. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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