I started blogging in 2009, and in those first few months befriended the wonderful Natalie Bahm. Natalie and I quickly bonded: we both write middle grade, both like a mix of classic, literary, and contemporary novels, both signed with our agents around the same time, and both are mamas. We became critique partners. She helped me with MAY B. and I helped her with THE SECRET UNDERGROUND.
Twelve-year-old Ally is the only witness to a bank robbery in her small town. Unable to block out the memory of the robbers, a notorious gang known as the Gauze Men, Ally joins her little brother and a bunch of neighborhood boys digging a hole in her backyard.
Only the hole isn’t just a hole – it’s a massive set of tunnels snaking beneath the neighborhood and heading for an abandoned steel mill. Ally is old enough to know the danger, but she reasons spending time with sixth-grade heartthrob Paul is more fun than sitting at home with her worries. And dangerous it is – none of the kids’ parents realize the tunnels exist, but the Gauze Men might.
What kid doesn’t imagine digging a hole and discovering something amazing? Natalie Bahm opens a world of adventure and intrigue for readers of The Secret Underground.
But there’s more to the story: Natalie has decided to donate 100% of the profits from this book to baby Jayden and his family.
Please consider visiting the following sites to learn more about Natalie, Jayden, and THE SECRET UNDERGROUND:
- Natalie’s website
- Jayden’s website
- Natalie’s blog
- THE SECRET UNDERGROUND on Amazon
- THE SECRET UNDERGROUND on Goodreads