An Irish Tale

An Irish Tale

Terence O'Grady

Terence O'Grady

Katherine is a 12-year old Irish girl whose brother Sean has gotten himself into deep trouble by defaulting on a loan to the nasty Mrs. O'Hara. Katherine is at a loss about how to help when, suddenly, she stumbles across Shamus, a leprechaun. He's willing to help, but under certain conditions. Things get worse before they get better, but in the end Shamus saves the day in the unlikeliest of ways.Twelve-year old Katherine has discovered that her eighteen-year old brother Sean has fallen in love with Meagen McCartney and plans to marry her. She sees this as a serious problem since Sean is needed at home to help run the family farm in Blessington, a little village a few miles from Dublin. But she soon hears of an even more serious problem: Sean has foolishly borrowed money from old Mrs. O’Hara, the crooked village money-lender, and has fallen behind on his payments. Worried that the old lady will have Sean jailed for failure to repay the debt, she seeks advice first from the local constable and eventually ends up in “Leprechaun’s Glen” where she encounters Shamus, a peculiar little man who promises to solve her problems. But with leprechauns there’s always a catch, and things get worse before they get better before Shamus finally solves everyone’s problems in the unlikeliest of ways.An intermediate reader for ages 9-12.
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The Dragon's Christmas Gift

The Dragon's Christmas Gift

Terence O'Grady

Terence O'Grady

It was the first weeks of winter and Bostwick the dragon knew that he was missing something. Something unusual was going on in the village at the foot of the mountain and he had to discover what it was. Along with his dragon pal Mortimer, Bostwick manages to save the villagers from a terrible disaster and at the same time discover the meaning of Christmas and “peace on earth, good will to all."Fellow dragons Bostwick and Mortimer live in a cave on top of a mountain overlooking the nearby village. Although they love their home on the mountain’s peak, Bostwick grows more curious about the villagers below as they began to prepare for Christmas. He sneaks into the village at night to investigate the situation but leaves more puzzled than ever about Christmas and what it means.But as the eve of Christmas arrives, so does a storm. And with a deadly avalanche looming, the entire village and all its inhabitants are now in grave danger. With a disaster of mythical proportions approaching, only two mythical beasts have the power to stop it, save Christmas, and discover for themselves and the village what “peace on earth, good will to all” really means.
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Jonathon Wart and the Risk Factor

Jonathon Wart and the Risk Factor

Terence O'Grady

Terence O'Grady

Twelve-year old Jonathon Wart has inherited his uncle’s fabulous fortune. But it comes with a big catch. If Jonathon is to control the family fortune, he must take some serious financial risks and make himself even richer in the process. That'll be tough to do, but it becomes even tougher when Uncle Wart’s greedy daughter and Mr. Thumbs, his financial advisor, try to thwart him at every turn.Jonathon Wart has inherited his uncle’s fabulous fortune. But it comes with a big catch. Uncle Wart was a firm believer that no one ever got ahead in life without taking risks. If Jonathon is to control the family fortune, he also must take some serious risks—particularly financial ones—or the money will pass to Felicia Wart, Uncle Wart’s greedy and coniving daughter.So Jonathon, aided by his faithful tutor, Emma Wang (and hindered somewhat by his scatter-brained little sister Lizzie), takes up the challenge by traveling to South Africa to acquire an old diamond mine, which is thought to be “cursed” and hasn’t been worked for decades. Nevertheless, Jonathon is convinced that, no matter how risky, it’s a great investment.When Jonathon, Emma and Lizzie make it to the mine site, things don’t initially look very promising. But they look even worse when it turns out that the jealous Felicia and Jonathon’s unscrupulous financial adviser Mr. Thumbs are plotting against them. Will Jonathon’s big gamble pay off and can Jonathon and Lizzie save the day? Or will Felicia and Mr. Thumbs wrestle Uncle Wart’s fortune from them?
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King Arthur Returns

King Arthur Returns

Terence O'Grady

Terence O'Grady

In the village of St. Bees on the western coast of England in the early years of World War II, Twelve-year old James, his younger sister Susie and four other friends encounter a Nazi raiding party as they explore an old, abandoned coalmine. But, when things look bleakest, King Arthur and his Knights, fulfilling a vow to return in England's "hour of greatest need," appear to rescue the children.To twelve-year old James and his younger sister Susie, World War II seems as if it will never end. But the sleepy little town of St. Bees on England’s western coast seems an unlikely place for the Nazis to attack, so the children, staying with their Aunt Charlotte, seem safe for now.Against the wishes of his aunt, James joins with a group of other boys to visit an old abandoned coalmine on the outskirts of the village. They’re looking for adventure and perhaps even a glimpse of King Arthur’s treasure, which local legend claims is somewhere to be found in St. Bees. The fun ends early when Susie shows up to drag James back home to their aunt. But now a real danger presents itself. The children accidentally come across a Nazi raiding party, seeking to destroy an experimental radar station secretly housed in St. Bees. But when things look bleakest, King Arthur and his Knights, fulfilling a vow to return in England's "hour of greatest need," appear to rescue the children.
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Jonathon Wart and The Hand of Doom

Jonathon Wart and The Hand of Doom

Terence O'Grady

Terence O'Grady

Jonathon Wart has a crazy new scheme in mind for investing his Uncle Wart’s fortune: he wants to buy a strange-looking painting by an eccentric billionaire called “The Hand of Doom.” But the painting is not what it appears to be and serious problems arise for Jonathon and his sister Lizzie as they try to thwart their evil financial adviser Mr. Thumbs and their hostile cousin Felicia.About a young girl who is searching for something extraordinary outside the routine of her life. She finds the mystery she hopes for in the form of a captivating, squat little hovel on the outskirts of her city, which she stumbles upon while out for a bike ride during summer holidays.Author's comment: More than anything else, I like 'A Window's Silhouette' because it is me testing the waters of a new style of prose I'm looking to more fully realize in the novel I'm working on.
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The Maestro Murdered

The Maestro Murdered

Terence O'Grady

Terence O'Grady

When the aging conductor of an up and coming young orchestra is murdered, Detective Sean McGill is called in to investigate and encounters a confusing morass of dead ends, questionable motives and bizarre orchestral politics. A mystery novella.When the aging conductor of an up-and-coming young orchestra is murdered, Detective Sean McGill is called in to investigate and encounters a confusing morass of dead ends, questionable motives and bizarre orchestral politics. A mystery novella.
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The Beethoven Quandary

The Beethoven Quandary

Terence O'Grady

Terence O'Grady

In this mystery novella, pianist Jeremy West comes across a nineteenth-century music manuscript that he believes to be a newly discovered symphony by Beethoven. But the manuscript is stolen and a murder is committed before Jeremy’s friends,David Currant and Elizabeth McDermitt,are able to unwind the many threads that are interwoven in this complex and surprising case.In this mystery novella, pianist Jeremy West comes across a nineteenth-century music manuscript in an old London book shop. He becomes convinced that the manuscript is a newly discovered symphony by Beethoven and worth a fortune. But part of the manuscript is stolen and he enlists the aid of two musician friends, David Currant and Elizabeth McDermitt, to help him try to get the missing pages back. But things quickly get more complicated as Jeremy’s girlfriend is assaulted and a man is murdered before David and Elizabeth are able to unwind the many threads that are interwoven in this complex and surprising case.
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Due North to Freedom

Due North to Freedom

Terence O'Grady

Terence O'Grady

It is the autumn of 1864 and Richmond is surrounded on three sides by Union troops. This time the Yankees are not going away.Things become desperate for the O'Toole family, including thirteen year-old Ryan and eleven year-old Matthew, when they help a young freeman and his father escape from the city and the people of Richmond turn against them. Then they too must escape north to freedom.It is the autumn of 1864 in Richmond, Virginia. The great and glorious capitol of the Confederacy is surrounded on three sides by Union troops. This time the Yankees are not going away.Thirteen year-old Ryan and eleven year-old Matthew O’Toole, having moved from Boston to Richmond with their father, mother and big sister only a little more than three years earlier, find themselves in a dangerous predicament. As the war rages on around Richmond and it looks as if finally the Union might prevail, some of their southern friends turn against them. The two boys are considered "dirty Yankees" now and their loyalty is suspect. When the two boys help a freeman and his son to escape Richmond, the situation only becomes worse for the O’Toole family until they too must abandon their home and begin a danger-filled flight to the north and freedom.
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