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The Sea Turtle's Curse

A Delta & Jax Mystery

Twelve-year old Delta and her younger brother Jax have no idea of the excitement in store when they discover a mysterious carved turtle figurine on the beach of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. But when the kids become disaster magnets, they realize that their new treasure has magical powers they'd never imagined. Along with their new friend Darius, the siblings uncover forgotten American history and learn the importance of passing on stories as they travel throughout the Carolina Lowcountry--and through time itself--in a race to break the turtle's curse before a hurricane destroys their island home!

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ISBN 978-1-64663-095-0, Hardcover

ISBN 978-1-64663-093-6, Paperback

ISBN 978-1-64663-094-3, Ebook

(Koehler Books 2020)

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Here's what people are saying about

The Sea Turtle's Curse:

"Susan Diamond Riley's beautifully-written tale is a magical blend of fun adventure and lowcountry lore.  If you love sea turtles—like me—you’ll love this book!  An inspiring read for all ages!"

--Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times best-selling author of the Beach House series

“In The Sea Turtle’s Curse, Susan Diamond Riley takes us on another great adventure with siblings Delta and Jax and their friend Darius. Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, this mystery intrigues, entertains, and even teaches—wonderful history, geography, culture, and heroes—without being at all teach-y, not an easy thing to pull off and she does it perfectly. Beautifully written, fast-paced with great twists, and just plain fun, this is a book that I’m eager to share with young readers!”

-- Rebecca Bruff, award-winning author of Trouble the Water


The Sea Turtle’s Curse by Susan Diamond Riley is a beautifully written middle grade book which follows the journey of Delta and Jax Wells, siblings who must unravel a mystery to break an ancient curse before their world is completely turned upside down. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what happens next, but not wanting the adventure to end. A remarkable tale that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer.  A feel-good story that will delight readers of all ages.”

-- Dana Ridenour, award-winning author of the Lexie Montgomery series

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