A Different Kind of Book Catalog

featuring the works of

Ann Ulrich Miller

compiled by her characters


Juvenile Fiction

written under the name

Ann Carol Ulrich

The house I grew up in had a root cellar entrance in the basement. My friends and I were intrigued by this and often went inside it to explore. It was rather hard to crawl around as the opening was near the basement ceiling, and the cellar itself was dirty, dusty and dark with cobwebs. But it stimulated our young imaginations, and the club that Wendy started in this book (the P.E.D.) was actually real ... at least in the imaginations of a handful of 10-year-olds!

The opening scene, in which Wendy awakens in the middle of the night to see a tall man strutting around in her bedroom, actually happened to me when I was 9 or 10 years old. And I was positive that it was our mysterious tall neighbor man, Mr. North! (Of course, nothing was ever proven, and my parents just laughed ...). But I recall many a night when I awoke to weird noises coming from beneath my bedroom, which was right above the root cellar. We invented the names of the "criminals" -- Mac and Sam!

Unfortunately, the Mac and Sam mystery was never solved, and we soon grew into teen-agers with other interests of concern (boys). Mr. North, however, continued to intrigue us, and even to this day when I remember the eccentric neighbor man, I wonder what kind of game he was playing in our young minds.





Chris Nesbit:  Why did we have to leave Milwaukee to come live in this small town in Iowa? I had
to leave all my friends behind, and now I wonít know anyone when I start high school in the fall. My little brother, Philip, doesnít have a problem with it. I did see a blond boy washing the car across the street and Iím not sure about his age, but he was kinda cute. Moving sucks, but our new house does have an interesting twist ... thereís a root cellar in our basement. I wonder whatís inside it.


Wendy Young:  A new family just moved in across the street. Thereís a girl about my age. She walks to the mailbox at the end of our block every day. Maybe Iíll watch and then follow her. Iím excited to get to a know a new girl my age. Maybe I can get her to join my club, the P.E.D., which stands for "Private Eye Detectives." Maybe sheíll help me investigate Mr. North and the milkman!


Virgil North: The house next door sold and thereís a family with two kids that moved in. I donít expect any trouble from them, but Iíd better make sure my secret project is safe. What they donít know about the house wonít hurt them, though I have a feeling I left something behind ... I canít find it and may have dropped it somewhere I wasnít supposed to be.


ISBN 978-0-944851-41-8    June 2015, Paperback, 150 pages     USD $8.95


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