The Black Crow Conspiracy

Penelope Tredwell, the pen behind bestselling author, Montgomery Flinch, is cursed with writer’s block. She needs a sensational new story or her magazine, the Penny Dreadful, will go under. So when a mysterious letter arrives, confessing to the impossible crime of stealing the Crown Jewels just days before the King’s coronation, Penelope thinks she has found a plot to enthrall her readers, until the police charge Montgomery Flinch with the theft of the jewels. Can Penelope solve the mystery, restore the jewels, rescue Monty, save the magazine, and keep the true identity of Montgomery Flinch a secret?

  • 256 Pages
  • 5.5" x 8"
  • 9780807507872
  • March 2016

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  • May 2015

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  • This exciting blend of mystery and alternate history is set against the backdrop of the delayed 1901 coronation of King Edward VII–and suggests a very different reason for the postponement than the illness that history records. An exciting choice for mystery fans who appreciate a touch of the fantastic.

    - School Library Journal

  • Edge is back at the top of his game in this latest genre-bending story of 15-year-old Penelope Tredwell, author and editor of the pulpy Penny Dreadful, and the hapless actor who stands in as her public face.

    - Booklist Online

  • Fans of mystery or tales of the macabre will find much to like in this well conceived story aimed at middle grade readers.

    - VOYA

Common Core

RL.6.1,2,3,4,5,6,9,10 SL.6.1,1a,1b,1c,1d,4,5,6 L.6.3,4,4a,4b,4c,4d,5,5a,5b,5c W.6.2f,3a,3b,3c,3d,3e,4,9,9a,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 10
  • ATOS Level: 7.8