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"A bittersweet story ... of eternal optimism." -Publisher's Weekly

A middle-grade adventure filled with mystery, friendship, and heart—

a Da Vinci Code for kids.

ClarionRating®: 5/5: "The Crime Travelers series combines action and adventure with global awareness and smart humor."

"Like the Bourne Identity but for kids."

100% of the Russian language royalties for Crime Travelers and have been donated to children's organizations in Ukraine.

Friendship, perseverance, and the power of belief shine in this novel about a girl trying to stay connected to her late mother.

While living in Paris, Ellie Kerr’s mom pens a series of children’s stories, yet sadly dies before they could be published.


Once Ellie and her father return to the US, the twelve-year-old decides to finish what her mother could not. Yet when a mysterious password blocks Ellie from gaining access to her mother’s computer, she becomes determined to find the truth — even though four failed attempts will destroy the computer’s data, including her mom’s unpublished stories!


Ellie’s father thinks that the code is unbreakable, but Ellie believes that her mother might have left a posthumous message in the new password. With the help of friends (boys and girls 9 to 12), Ellie tries to crack the code, publish the books, and ultimately honor her mother.

As a member of Amazon Associates, I earn from qualifying purchases. It's about 45 cents per book, and I use this extra money to give free books to schools in need. Thanks, Paul


Paperback ISBN: 978-1-940137-99-5

"A deeply moving story that belongs on any juvenile bookshelf." -Foreword Reviews

"Warmly suited to a middle-grade middle-school audience, with relatable and vulnerable first-person narration, authentic dialogue, and apt descriptions." -BookLife Prize

"Posthumous weaves a plot bristling with energy, humor and heart." -​KC  Teacher NYC

"A reminder that inclusiveness and kindness can always defeat fear." -Kirkus Reviews

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Whether sipping café con leche at a vineyard in Andalusia, using jackhammers to rescue monks from the palace-fortress of Alhambra, or fighting for their lives in scuba gear deep in the Mediterranean Sea, the New Resistance kids maintain an attitude of fun. The clever wordplay, humorous dialogue, and heartwarming team rapport are present throughout the chases, battles, and action sequences, as well in the moments of reflection, as both the Good Company and the New Resistance attempt to locate " treasures far more valuable than priceless."- Foreword Reviews 

Perfect for boys and girls 9 to 12,

reluctant readers, and

parents looking for travel books for their children.

BOOK 1: BRAINWASHED  | 300 PAGES | ISBN: 978-1940137117

BOOK 2: DIAMONDS ARE FOR NEVER  | 256 PAGES | ISBN: 978-1940137254 

BOOK 3: PRICELESS  | 254 PAGES | ISBN: 978-1940137377 

"The true beauty of this series is the educational and moral lessons that are woven into the stories in a fun, adventurous way that keeps young readers engaged."


"As a middle school boy, I was a reluctant reader, and my son is too, but he loves these books!!!"

“A funny & smart middle-grade series that reads like the Bourne Identity— but for kids.”


"The only thing dirty in this book is a diaper."

All Print Rights Available ex. Russia (see donation note above.)

Visit us at the Bologna Children's Book Fair

Foreign Language Rights Contact: Sylvia Hayse



The Crime Travelers Series:

Available from Amazon, Ingram,

& booksellers everywhere.

When possible,

please support your local bookstore or IndieBound!



Flying Solo Press | 

Posthumous & Crime Travelers Book Series for traveling middle school boys and girls!


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