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Children's Fiction Mystery & Detective

Secrets of Jarrow

Mordecai Crow, Book One

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Renegade Arts Entertainment
Initial publish date
May 2023
Mystery & Detective, Crime & Mystery, Disasters
Recommended Age
10 to 18
Recommended Grade
5 to 12
Recommended Reading age
11 to 13
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Mordecai Crow must solve a mysterious murder to clear his name in a world ravaged by its past.

What is the true price of knowledge? Mordecai Crow embarks on a perilous quest for answers on a world ravaged by its past.

The secrets of the past have been lost. Knowledge is forbidden, the climate has run wild, and civilization has devolved into post-technological anarchy. In the midst of this wasteland, Mordecai Crow, a drifter in search of his long-lost parents, becomes embroiled in a murderous conspiracy when he seeks refuge in a fortress committed to preserving ancient knowledge. What secrets lie at the heart of its ancient walls? And how are they connected to Mordecai’s mysterious past? Find out in Secrets of Jarrow, book one in the Mordecai Crow trilogy.

About the author

Multiple award winning illustrator Bill Slavin was born in Belleville, Ontario. His work includes the acclaimed 'Stanley's Party' written by Linda Bailey, 'Who Broke the teapot!' as well as more than 100 award winning children's books.
Among his many honours, Bill has won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Award, the California Young Reader Medal and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature. Recently, he has returned to his childhood love of comics and graphic novels, writing and illustrating the graphic novel trilogy Elephants Never Forget, as now the Mordecai Crow trilogy. Quid Pro Crow is Bil's second book with Renegade Arts Entertainment.

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Editorial Reviews

'Suspense, surprise and a stunning visual experience abound in this post-apocalyptic mystery story as humanity strives to rediscover lost history from before 'the Fall'. A hugely impressive work of art from a virtuoso graphic novelist.' - Stephen Biesty, author of the Incredible Cross-Sections series

'The post-apocalyptic whodunnit I didn’t know I needed. High-speed storytelling in a well-crafted book.'
Mike Donachie - Toronto Star

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