The Secret Door


A Phonetic Reader

Written and Illustrated by Shelley Davidow

Educator Resource: Children’s Fiction

Grades 2-4

– Published:  June 2012
– ISBN: 9781931061438
– Pages: 140
– Size:  5.5 x 8.5



The Secret Door is the second chapter book in our phonetic reader series.  It continues with the phonetically-based principles that focus on ar, or, er,ir, ur, oo, ou, ow, oi, oy, au, aw, and ea words.

Filled with mystery and adventure, what better way to boost a new reader’s skill than to have them read a page turner!  Here is the reader of children’s dreams—a phonetically stepped adventure story!

Readers will follow Tim (who they will remember from the earlier Phonetic Readers) and his friends Mina and Jo through a mysterious secret door that leads into a magical world where fox, baboons, panthers and rats contend with each other with the kingdom being the prize and good winning the day as a must.

In addition to hardly being able to wait to find out what happens next, the by now very eager reader will discover new diphthongs and learn them without even noticing they have done so.  Mystery, adventure and phonetic compounds—what could be better?

Grades 2-4

Author Biography:

Shelley Davidow was born and raised in South Africa.  Her books for children, young adults and adults have been published in Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and  Australia.  In 2002, her young adult novel, In the Shadow of Inyangani (Macmillan 2003), was a finalist in the Macmillan/Picador BBC World Writer’s Prize for Africa.  She has an MSEd from Sunbridge College in New York and has taught in schools, colleges and universities across the world.    She now lives on the East Coast of Australia with her husband and son.

1 review for The Secret Door

  1. Cathy

    “I finished it in three days.  It was exciting and it made me want to read on and on.  It makes you feel like you are in the story and want to find a secret door as well.  Tiny bit scary but I believed it all.  I loved Mina because she was brave and really adventurous.  I like it how they go out at night and they think it is a dog in the cellar.”

    ~ Mali Kate Biggin-Johnston, Class 5 Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School

     “A delightful chapter book for young readers with a simple yet enticing journey, a d a very satisfying resolution.  The story line, with its touches of humour and its multiple connections to animals and nature, urges the reader to continue to the end, a necessary requirement for any successful reader!”

    ~ Susan Perrow, M.Ed., Author of Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour

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