ISBN:                 978-1501050145
 
Reading Age:   8-12 years
 
Length:             160 pages 

Spending the weekend at the Comino farm turns out to be far more scary than Taya has expected.

While planning a joint birthday party, she and Chris come across several interesting items in the attic, including a carpet python.
Snakes are definitely not Taya's favourite creatures.

Taya thinks one of the items she has found could prove the innocence of Uncle George Comino who is in jail for theft.

Her persistence annoys Chris, but the hint of a mystery is irresistible to Taya. 

If George didn't steal the ruby cross, who did?
Who is Bryan?
Where is the cross now?

Taya has to face one of her greatest fears as she tries to put the clues together.
Could you charm a snake?
 
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Both girls and boys will love the story, because Taya and her best friend Chris work together, bouncing off ideas and balancing each other’s crazy ideas, but have complete trust in each other. There is no magic up their sleeves or wands, no superhero powers, no time travelling; only the good old friendship, brains and good team work! I am so glad Taya Bayliss is a series, because I know plenty of girls who would love to read about her, and (why not?) even watch it as a children's TV-series. 
The story teaches children to be inquisitive and careful, to trust their feelings, to overcome their fears, to be loyal to friends and family, and not to give up. And it doesn’t preach at all! I recommend this book to children and educators with all my heart.
 
Anita Kovacevic:  Teacher, Author, Parent.  Croatia.