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Publication date5th July 2012
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The Mystery of Wickworth Manor
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
Two children thrown together on a residential week in Wickworth Manor find a mystery at the heart of the handsome stately home that provides a gripping diversion! Bouncy Paige and the reserved Curtis make an unlikely pair but their determination to solve the puzzle and uncover the story of the family’s link with slavery that lies behind the hidden portrait turns them into eager sleuthing partners – and firm friends. Exciting and with lots of action, it also gives some background on the slave trade.
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SynopsisThe Mystery of Wickworth Manor by Elen Caldecott
Paige Owens, bright, cheeky, confident, cannot wait to go to secondary school. Curtis Okafor, wary and much less confident, is not so sure. The only thing they share in common is the first letter of their surnames - which ensures they are forced into each other's company on a school trip to Wickworth Manor, the local stately home. Then Curtis finds a portrait in his bedroom of a young black servant dressed in livery. But why is the portrait hidden in the bedroom and not in pride of place alongside the other portraits in the manor? And then Paige finds a letter, written over 200 years ago by Miss Verity Burton, who used to live at the Manor, that mentions the portrait.
Praise for How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini:
'Its ingenious ideas, humour and clear, unfussy style keep the pages turning speedily to the feel-good conclusion, which is moving without being mawkish' - Sunday Times
'Creating novels that engage children and at the same time show how books can help them explore difficult questions about their own experience is perhaps the ideal of children's fiction, but it's a difficult balancing act ... Elen Caldecott has achieved this balance beautifully' - Observer
Praise for Operation Eiffel Tower:
'Perfect for Jacqueline Wilson fans' - The Bookseller
'Funny ... poignant ... hilarious' - Julia Donaldson
About The Author
Elen Caldecott recently graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. At the end of the course she was highly commended in the PFD Prize for Most Promising Writer for Young People.
Before becoming a writer, she was an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard. It was while working at the museum that Elen realised there is a way to steal anything if you think about it hard enough. Elen either had to become a master thief, or create some characters to do it for her – and so her debut novel, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant, published by Bloomsbury in January 2009, was born.
How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini, published by Bloomsbury in July 2010, is a funny and moving story about three children making friends and working out their problems, while solving a mysterious case of missing mammals.
Operation Eiffel Tower, published by Bloomsbury in July 2011, is a touching story that is also funny about children trying to deal with family break-up.
Elen lives in Bristol with her husband, Simon, and, one day – when they live in a bigger flat – they will be joined by a dog.
Elen Caldecott is launching her Awesome Adventures Award 2013 with some fantastic prizes up for grabs! Get creative and make your own adventure collage - and if you need a little more inspiration see the video below.
Photo © Kirsty Whiten 2008
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