Nick's Secret

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In this exciting mystery, thirteen-year-old Nick and his faithful dog, Wags, are mixed up in a scheme even more exciting, and dangerous, than they have ever been in before. Daryl, a school bully, forces Nick to meet him at the creepy Tower Motel, a place that local legend says is haunted. On his way there, a snowstorm threatens, and a mysterious girl named Ionie warns Nick to stay away from the motel. Snowed in by the blizzard, Nick joins forces with Ionie and learns that she has a dangerous secret. Nick must keep Ionie’s secret, or risk both their lives.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV044000, JUV028000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
ATOS Reading Level 4.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 44714
Accelerated Reader® Points 5.0
Features Awards, Index, Reviewed, and Source notes


  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2000



“Blatchford tells a good story, with the suspense building steadily to a satisfying conclusion as all of Nick’s secrets become intertwined. It’s Nick’s resourcefulness that will win readers here.”

Kirkus Reviews

“. . .this simple mystery will satisfy young readers who enjoy the intrigue, and it has the bonus of having a hearing-impaired hero.”
Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“A light, well-rounded story that will appeal to dog lovers and mystery fans.”
School Library Journal

Illustrator: Laurie Harden

Laurie Harden was educated at Kansas City Art Institute, where she pursued a painting major. She also graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. She then returned to home state of New Jersey, where she got married and raised two sons. She freelanced in New York City and taught art classes. Harden has also established herself as a Fine Artist and has been represented by several galleries.