Author photos of Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and Sally Engelfried and cover photo of Sisterhood of Sleuths

 Books Inc. proudly welcomes back New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chambliss Bertman in celebration of her newest novel Sisterhood of Sleuths,  a middle grade mystery inspired by Nancy Drew. Jennifer will be joined by fellow local author Sally Engelfried, author of Learning to Fall. (Ages 8+)

A clever and thought-provoking mystery that pays homage to classic Nancy Drew stories, perfect for fans of Wendy Mass and Trenton Lee Stewart.

Maizy always assumed she knew everything about her grandmother, Jacuzzi. So when a box full of vintage Nancy Drew books gets left at her mom's thrift store, Maizy is surprised to find an old photo of her grandmother and two other women tucked beneath the collection. Stranger still, when Maizy shows the photo to Jacuzzi she feigns ignorance, insisting the woman is someone else. Determined to learn the truth -- and inspired by the legacy of Nancy Drew -- Maizy launches her own investigation with the help of new friends, Nell and Cam. What they discover not only points to the origins of the iconic series, but uncovers a truth from the past that will lead to self-discovery in the present, connecting three generations of women. 

This intergenerational mystery filled with literary history, friendship, and family secrets delivers a captivating tribute to the world's most famous girl detective.


"Sisterhood of Sleuths reminded me of everything I loved about the Nancy Drew books, and introduced me to a new heroine worth rooting for!"-- Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of The False Prince

"Sisterhood of Sleuths is an irresistible blend of history, mystery, humor, and heart." -- Megan Wagner Lloyd, author of Allergic and Haven

"Characters who jump off the page, authentic friendships that twist and turn, and fun laugh-out-loud moments make this homage to Nancy Drew a classic in its own right."-- Ann Braden, author of The Benefits of Being an Octopus and Flight of the Puffin

"An enormously engaging book-focused mystery."-- Claudia Mills, author of The Lost Language and Write This Down

"A strong theme of evolving friendships pervades this fun and funny mystery narrated in Maizy's lively voice, while the Nancy Drew motif infuses the plot with fascinating, thoroughly researched historical details about the series' creation and survival. An engaging pick for mystery fans and wannabe sleuths."-- Kirkus Reviews


Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Book Scavenger series: Book ScavengerThe Unbreakable Code, and The Alcatraz Escape. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she holds an MFA in creative writing and has worked in a variety of roles with children and in publishing. She lives in Colorado with her husband, son, and many pets. She invites you to visit her online at

Sally Engelfried was the recipient of a writer's merit grant for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2018 and the Golden Gate Writer's Award from SCBWI in 2014. She is currently a children's librarian in Oakland, California, where she lives with her husband, two cats, and a dog who is fond of stealing slippers. Learning to Fall is her first novel. She invites you to visit her website at

Event date: 
Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Sisterhood of Sleuths By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Vesper Stamper (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316331074
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Please allow up to 48-hours for Curbside Pickup orders to be processed.
Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - October 4th, 2022

Learning to Fall By Sally Engelfried Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316367974
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Please allow up to 48-hours for Curbside Pickup orders to be processed.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2022

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