The Secret of the Golden Flower

The Secret of the Golden Flower


By Caroline Stellings


Teenage spy and kung fu expert Nicki Haddon is back!

Immediately upon her arrival in London to train as a spy, sixteen-year-old Nicki Haddon is assigned to help the British Secret Service infiltrate a drug cartel that is smuggling large amounts of heroin into the country. Placing herself in the midst of a tough East End street gang, she uncovers a plot to create a super-potent opiate and also discovers a royal connection - one that goes all the way back to Queen Victoria. Her kung fu skills are severely tested in this action-packed thriller, as the teen spy-in-training tries to unravel not only "the secret of the golden flower," but the ongoing mystery of her own past.

The second Nicki Haddon Mystery

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About the Author

Caroline Stellings is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her first book in the Nicki Haddon mystery series was The Scratch on the Ming Vase. Her book The Contest, part of the Gutsy Girl series, won the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award and was a finalist for the 2010/11 Hackmatack Award. Besides her many books for children and young adults, she is also the writer of The Nancy Drew Crookbook, a long running series in The Sleuth magazine. She lives in Waterdown, Ontario.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 3, 2015

  • $11.95 Paperback

  • 184 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.25

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 12-16 / Grades 7-10

  • ISBN: 9781927583630


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Language Arts
    > Mystery

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity

Awards for The Secret of the Golden Flower

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens" - Fall 2015

Praise for The Secret of the Golden Flower

"[Caroline Stellings] is known for her writings on the Nancy Drew mystery series, and the influences are clear. Nicky Haddon is equally perky, as indefatigable, and as talented a role model for pre-teen girls." - Resource Links

"Readers should expect a fast-paced story with a powerhouse heroine and a punk rock soundtrack." - Booklist

"I prefer Nicki to so many of the strong female protagonists of trendy YA lit... a clever and talented martial artist, with the right stuff to insinuate herself into situations in which she can problem-solve the mysteries within." - CanLit for Little Canadians

"Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to school and community YA Fiction collections." - Midwest Book Review

"...the story unfolds at breakneck speed with Nicki in the middle of all the action.... [A] cracking good read." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A worthy pick for a middle school readers, especially those who are adept at following an intricate plot." - School Library Journal