Spooky Sleuths #1: The Ghost Tree

The Spooky Sleuths Series

A new direction from award-winning #OwnVoices author Natasha Deen

The series is available by Penguin Random House across all platforms!

Is it science…or strange and ghostly?

Asim’s new town is freaking him out! There are weird noises at night, eerie lights, and now an evil tree that is growing way faster than it should. he’s sure there’s something supernatural going on.

His friend Rokshar believes that everything can be explained by science. But even she’s worried when the tree takes control of their teacher! It’s starting to look like an evil spirit straight out of Guyanese folklore is to blame. Can Asim and his friends save their teacher–and the town–from the ghost tree? 

Find out…if you dare! It’s a new spooky series based on ghost stories from Guyana.


An excellent series starter and contribution to the supernatural mystery genre, perfect for older chapter book readers easing into early middle grade. ­Highly recommended.”–School Library Journal, starred review

“A spooky adventure rooted in Guyanese folklore…with just the right amount of chills.”–Kirkus Reviews

About Natasha Deen:

NATASHA DEEN writes for kids, teens, and adults, and believes the world is changed one story at a time. As a Guyanese-Canadian and a child of immigrants, she’s seen first-hand how stories have the power to shape the world. Her works include the Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection Thicker than Water, Guardian which was a Sunburst Award nominee, and the Alberta Readers’ Choice nominated Gatekeeper. When she’s not writing, she teaches Introduction to Children’s Writing with the University of Toronto SCS and spends an inordinate amount of time trying to convince her pets that she’s the boss of the house. Visit Natasha at www.natashadeen.com and on Twitter/Instagram, @natasha_deen.


CCBC Recommended Read
CBC Books’ 14 YA Books to Watch for in Spring
Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD Kids) September Book of the Month
49th Shelf Selection
Amy Mathers Award Winner
MYRCA Award Nominee
R. Ross Arnett Award Nominee
American Library Association YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

Red Maple Award Nominee
Red Maple Honour Book

Red Maple Teen Committee Summer Reading List
Barnes & Noble’s Top 25 Most Anticipated Own Voices Novels
Chapters-Indigo Most Anticipated Teen Books
Junior Library Guild Selection
CCBC Best Pick for Kids & Teens
CCBC Red Leaf Literature
OLA White Pine Teen Committee Summer Reading List

To request additional review copies or an interview with Natasha Deen, please contact Mickey Mikkelson at Creative Edge Publicity: mickey.creativeedge@gmail.com | 403.464.6925.   
We look forward to the coverage!

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