Nessie quest

Ada Ru thought her parents were finally going to agree to a Fitzhugh family vacation to Disney World the summer before sixth grade. Then her father announces he’s taking a teaching position in Scotland, and moving the family there for the entire summer.


Obviously, Ada Ru is anything but happy. She doesn’t like their new home, she hates haggis, and she certainly doesn’t like the idea that she will be away from her best friend all summer. To top it all off, there is said to be a monster in the lake near their house!


That’s when she meets Hamish Bean Timmy, Hammy Bean for short, captain of the Nessie Quest Monster Chaser boat tour. He knows everything there is to know about the fabled Loch Ness Monster and Scotland. But as the two unlikely friends embark on an epic adventure to spot the lake monster, they end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined.


  • Ada Ru Fitzhugh
    Epic Story Scripter
  • Hammy Bean Tibby
    Sound Seeker
  • Dax Cady
    String Zinger

Awards and Recognition

Savage places relationships at the forefront: Family ties, found friendships, and community support give this novel its heart. Darker issues, such as the impact of drug addiction on child-rearing, near-death experiences, and the marginalization of the blind, are tenderly explored alongside the exhilarating fun of the Nessie Race. Nessie may elude us still, but this friendship-driven quest should not do the same. 

Kirkus Reviews

Cryptozoological Excursions

Inverness, Scotland


Melissa believes that one of the great privileges about being a middle grade author is that she has the opportunity to speak with so many young people about the power of story. She has given presentations to both small and large groups on the process of writing, editing and publishing a book, as well as book discussion groups and writing workshops.


Please contact her about how she might contribute to your reading/writing curriculum with a presentation, workshop or book discussion group.

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Victoria, Minnesota 55386-7728

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