Book One of the Mariposa Mystery Series
When three seventh-graders discover a Wishing Tree, they accidentally unleash its evil powers and the once thriving town of Mariposa becomes a shadow of its former self. As people go missing and lives are turned upside down, our unforgettable heroes are desperate to get things back to the way they were, while unknowingly on a journey of self-discovery.
Fourteen-year-old Merle was born with real magical powers and has practiced the art of magic for almost his entire life. As his powers grow, Merle comes to believe that he is destined to become a great wizard. His love of magic turns to an obsession, his friends turn away from him, and an evil entity starts to control his thoughts.