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Elen Caldecott - Author

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.

Diamonds and Daggers is Elen's sixth book. It launches her first ever series, The Marsh Road Mysteries.

Elen lives in Bristol with her husband, Simon, and their dog. 

 

Photo © Kirsty Whiten 2008

Featured books by Elen Caldecott

Crowns and Codebreakers

Crowns and Codebreakers

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Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

The second in a fantastic new series filled with friendship, adventure and mystery! Perfect for fans of Lauren St John, this is the new mystery adventure series by Waterstones Book Prize shortlisted author Elen Caldecott.

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Other books by Elen Caldecott

Dogs and Doctors

Dogs and Doctors

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

The final title in the brilliant Marsh Road Mysteries adventure series by hugely popular children's author Elen Caldecott. For fans of the Laura Marlin Mysteries by Lauren St John. Meet Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvie - the Marsh Road Mystery solvers. Sylvie Hampshire is in hospital. She knows she's responsible enough to take control of her diabetes medication, but now she has to prove it on the hospital ward. She's only been there a couple of hours when Barry, a therapy dog, goes missing in suspicious circumstances. It's time to bring in the gang! With their detective senses on high alert, the five friends set out to find Barry, but the stakes soon become much higher than they thought. Have they finally met their match? Not if Sylvie Hampshire has anything to do with it!

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10: Beach Detectives

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10: Beach Detectives

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

When Alis's birthday picnic is ruined, the Beach Detectives jump into action to save the day! Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding. All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book - one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Project X Origins Graphic Texts: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: The Sands of Deception

Project X Origins Graphic Texts: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: The Sands of Deception

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2016

Project X Origins Graphic Texts can help children to reach higher standards in comprehension. This action-packed, fiction story told in graphic form signals the start of a brand new time-travelling adventure for the popular Project X characters, Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. Join the micro-friends in their latest adventure as they travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. Will they find their way into the pharaoh's tomb to save the next Artefact of Time, or will the Tick-Tock Man get there first? This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, ideas for follow-up activities and higher-level comprehension questions.

Cats and Curses

Cats and Curses

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

The fourth title in the brilliant mystery adventure series by Waterstones Book Prize shortlisted author, Elen Caldecott. For fans of the Laura Marlin Mysteries by Lauren St John. Meet Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvie - the Marsh Road Mystery solvers. It's a good day for Andrew. His mum is feeling better than she has done in ages and she's even going back to work at last. But things begin to go badly wrong when she signs for a mysterious package containing an ancient Egyptian mummified cat. Has the fated feline cursed the Marsh Road junk shop - or is there something else afoot? The five friends have a new case to solve.

Spooks and Scooters

Spooks and Scooters

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Meet Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvie - true friends and even better mystery-solvers! Flora and Sylvie are going on the holiday of a lifetime with their dad. But - WHAT? - Dad cancels the trip only hours before the flight because - OH MY GOODNESS - someone has stolen precious blueprints of Dad's latest invention: an amazing new scooter. But who? And why? Time to call on the only five people who can possibly solve the crime! The third in a fantastic new series filled with friendship, adventure and mystery! Perfect for fans of the Laura Marlin Mysteries by Lauren St John, this is THE new mystery adventure series by Waterstones Book Prize shortlisted author Elen Caldecott.

Project X CODE Extra: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: CODE Control: Magno Mayhem

Project X CODE Extra: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: CODE Control: Magno Mayhem

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2016

Project X CODE Extra introduces more exciting adventure stories and stimulating non-fiction texts into the Project X CODE series. In this adventure in the CODE Control zone, Team X have defeated the Mega-BITE but CODE has a cunning plan to get the CODE keys back! In line with the phonic, vocabulary and comprehension progression in Project X CODE, this book is ideal for additional practice outside of the core intervention sessions and for children who simply want to read more of the CODE adventure!

Project X CODE Extra: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Marvel Towers: Nose Dive

Project X CODE Extra: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Marvel Towers: Nose Dive

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2016

Project X CODE Extra introduces more exciting adventure stories and stimulating non-fiction texts into the Project X CODE series. In this adventure in the Marvel Towers zone, Tiger gets stranded in the most unusual of places! In line with the phonic, vocabulary and comprehension progression in Project X CODE, this book is ideal for additional practice outside of the core intervention sessions and for children who simply want to read more of the CODE adventure!

Crowns and Codebreakers

Crowns and Codebreakers

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Meet Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvie - true friends and even better mystery-solvers! When Minnie's gran comes to stay, all the way from Nigeria, Minnie KNOWS there will be trouble. And straight away Gran notices she's picked up the wrong suitcase at the airport. This one is full of boy's clothes, and she's not at all happy about it! But when their house is burgled and the only thing taken is the suitcase, Minnie realises there'll be much more trouble than she bargained for. Can the gang solve the crime or will the mystery of the little lost boy be forever unsolved? The second in a fantastic new series filled with friendship, adventure and mystery! Perfect for fans of Lauren St John, this is THE new mystery adventure series by Waterstones Book Prize shortlisted author Elen Caldecott.

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: The Last Stand

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: The Last Stand

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Project X Alien Adventures takes you on an incredible reading journey with this fantastic story featuring the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. When Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger go on another rip-jumping adventure, the last thing they expect to find is a world devastated by the terrifying Krush robots. They are rescued by some surviving humans and taken underground, but will they ever get Upside again? And will they be able to keep their promise and help their new friend, Mouse? Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, questions for readers, and a follow-up activity.

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: The Face of Fear

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: The Face of Fear

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Project X Alien Adventures takes you on an incredible reading journey with this fantastic story featuring the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger are close to finding the Weaver, so very close. But when they rip-jump to Kaptilo and find the mysterious Guild of Fabrics, they are set a challenge by the Master of the Guild. If they pass they can claim the last thought vial and get the knowledge they seek. Little do they know that this is the first in a series of tests that will threaten their very lives. Can the friends face their very worst fears, find the Weaver and convince him to help save their dimension? Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, questions for readers, and a follow-up activity.

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: The Way Between Worlds

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: The Way Between Worlds

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Project X Alien Adventures takes you on an incredible reading journey with this fantastic story featuring the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. While trying to recharge their watches, the micro-friends inadvertently open a micro-rip in the fabric of space and time. Now, when all their watches are synchronized, the children can travel to other dimensions through the rip. Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger have become rip-jumpers. In their first adventure into another dimension, the four friends find themselves in a futuristic Roman world where Tiger is challenged to a chariot race in the floating Sky Coliseum! Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, questions for readers, and a follow-up activity.

Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers

Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2015

Meet Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvie - true friends and even better mystery-solvers! Hollywood sensation, Betty Massino, has come to star in the theatre down the road and Piotr and his friends Andrew and Minnie couldn't be more excited! But when the famous actress's hugely expensive diamond necklace goes missing, Piotr's dad, a security guard at the theatre, is a prime suspect. Soon, Piotr faces the very real threat of being sent `home' to Poland. With the help of Sylvie and her twin sister Flora, can Piotr, Andrew and Minnie solve the crime or will they lose Piotr forever? The first in a fantastic new series filled with friendship, adventure and mystery! Perfect for fans of Lauren St John, this is THE new mystery adventure series by Waterstones Book Prize shortlisted author Elen Caldecott.

Project X Alien Adventures: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: The Moon Winder

Project X Alien Adventures: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: The Moon Winder

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Blast off on the biggest micro-adventure yet with the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger and their new alien micro-friend, Nok. Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. When a mysterious space plant attaches itself to their ship, the Excelsa, Max and Ant go on a spacewalk to investigate. It turns out to be a moon winder a parasite that can drain a host of all power! The micro-friends decide they need some expert help and set a course for Kree-Marr a planet of plants. But will they have enough power left to get there? This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and give a follow-up activity to support children in their reading and comprehension skills.

Project X Alien Adventures: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 12: Trapped in Time

Project X Alien Adventures: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 12: Trapped in Time

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Blast off on the biggest micro-adventure yet with the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger and their new robot micro-friend, Eight. Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. Cat and Tiger are on a spacewalk, checking the ship for repairs, when they see a strange light in front of them. Back inside, they soon realize that their friends are all stuck in a time loop. What's more, Badlaw is catching up. Cat and Tiger hatch a daring plan to release their ship from the time rift. The only problem is that it involves teleporting on to Badlaws Destroyer. Can they make it? This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and give a follow-up activity to support children in their reading and comprehension skills.

Project X Alien Adventures: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: The Red Cutlass

Project X Alien Adventures: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: The Red Cutlass

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Blast off on the biggest micro-adventure yet with the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger and their new robot micro-friend, Eight. Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. Badlaw has put a bounty out on the Excelsa. One greedy space pirate, Captain Greenbeak, can't resist the prize. He and his motley crew of the Red Cutlass manage to capture the micro-friends and their ship. Can they escape before Greenbeak hands them over to Badlaw? Or will they be made to walk on the plank? This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and give a follow-up activity to support children in their reading and comprehension skills.

Project X Alien Adventures: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Crunch Time!

Project X Alien Adventures: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Crunch Time!

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Blast off on the biggest micro-adventure yet with the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger and their new alien micro-friend, Nok. Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. The crew of the Excelsa are on the trail of the king and queen of Exis, but the trail leads them to a junk cruncher a giant recycling machine that chews up metal space waste. When Max, Cat and Nok teleport on to the junk cruncher, instead of finding the king and queen, they come up against a robotic Krool ... will they get away? This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and give a follow-up activity to support children in their reading and comprehension skills.

Project X Origins: Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Trapped: Get Me Out of Here!

Project X Origins: Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Trapped: Get Me Out of Here!

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Get Me Out of Here! something nasty is ruining Uncle John's flowers. Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger try to help but the greenhouse is full of unexpected dangers. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X: Alien Adventures: Purple: Holo-Board Havoc

Project X: Alien Adventures: Purple: Holo-Board Havoc

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

In Tiger x 4, Tiger tries to fix the ship's fabricator, accidently creating three copies of himself! Can the micro-friends turn the disaster to their advantage when the Krools attack? Our heroes land on Planet Akwa and meet some of the local aliens but not all of them are friendly. Find out what happens in The Sands of Akwa. In Holo-board Havoc, Cat saves Tiger from a holo-board disaster, but there is yet more trouble waiting for them when they land! In Ant's Pact, Ant makes a deal with the Akwans. But will the micro-friends be able to keep their side of the bargain? Will Max, Ant and Nok be able to save a baby Raptiss and strike a deal with the terrifying creatures? Find out in The Screams of the Raptiss. In The Secret Whirlpool, Max, Ant and Nok go deep inside a huge crater to find the first fragment of Exis. But will they be able to get it? Each book comes with notes on the inside front and back covers for teachers, TAs and parents/carers, which give question prompts and points for discussion, challenge words, and additional activities that children can do.

Project X: Alien Adventures: Purple: The Secret Whirlpool

Project X: Alien Adventures: Purple: The Secret Whirlpool

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

In Tiger x 4, Tiger tries to fix the ship's fabricator, accidently creating three copies of himself! Can the micro-friends turn the disaster to their advantage when the Krools attack? Our heroes land on Planet Akwa and meet some of the local aliens but not all of them are friendly. Find out what happens in The Sands of Akwa. In Holo-board Havoc, Cat saves Tiger from a holo-board disaster, but there is yet more trouble waiting for them when they land! In Ant's Pact, Ant makes a deal with the Akwans. But will the micro-friends be able to keep their side of the bargain? Will Max, Ant and Nok be able to save a baby Raptiss and strike a deal with the terrifying creatures? Find out in The Screams of the Raptiss. In The Secret Whirlpool, Max, Ant and Nok go deep inside a huge crater to find the first fragment of Exis. But will they be able to get it? Each book comes with notes on the inside front and back covers for teachers, TAs and parents/carers, which give question prompts and points for discussion, challenge words, and additional activities that children can do.

Project X: Alien Adventures: Purple: Tiger x 4

Project X: Alien Adventures: Purple: Tiger x 4

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

In Tiger x 4, Tiger tries to fix the ship's fabricator, accidently creating three copies of himself! Can the micro-friends turn the disaster to their advantage when the Krools attack? Our heroes land on Planet Akwa and meet some of the local aliens but not all of them are friendly. Find out what happens in The Sands of Akwa. In Holo-board Havoc, Cat saves Tiger from a holo-board disaster, but there is yet more trouble waiting for them when they land! In Ant's Pact, Ant makes a deal with the Akwans. But will the micro-friends be able to keep their side of the bargain? Will Max, Ant and Nok be able to save a baby Raptiss and strike a deal with the terrifying creatures? Find out in The Screams of the Raptiss. In The Secret Whirlpool, Max, Ant and Nok go deep inside a huge crater to find the first fragment of Exis. But will they be able to get it? Each book comes with notes on the inside front and back covers for teachers, TAs and parents/carers, which give question prompts and points for discussion, challenge words, and additional activities that children can do.

The Great Ice-Cream Heist

The Great Ice-Cream Heist

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

'Those McIntyres are nothing but trouble!' When the McIntyre family moves in next door, Eva is intrigued - it is the first interesting thing to happen for ages. But her ever protective Dad - even more protective since Eva's mum died - does not agree. And the McIntyres are certainly noisy! But Eva is curious about Jamie, who she often sees on the roof of his garden shed, escaping the family chaos. Then Eva gets to know Jamie a bit better. And when he is accused of vandalising the local park, Eva is sure he didn't do it. It is up to Eva to stick up for him - but then Jamie disappears. Eva is now in a race against time, which snowballs into a helterskelter race with a 'borrowed' ice cream van, lots of irate keep-fit enthusiasts and lashings of ice-cream! A warm, funny adventure about sticking up for your friends.

The Mystery of Wickworth Manor

The Mystery of Wickworth Manor

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

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 an intriguing letter, written over 200 years ago by Miss Verity Burton, who used to live at the Manor, that mentions the portrait. There is a mystery begging to be unravelled! So Paige and Curtis, in their very different ways, start work to find out what happened all those years ago . . . An exciting adventure with lots of humour and action, which also gives some background on the slave trade.

Operation Eiffel Tower

Operation Eiffel Tower

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2011

Lauren, Jack, Ruby and Billy live by the seaside with their mum and dad. But their parents are always arguing, and then their dad moves out. Lauren and Jack decide they have to get them together again. And so begins Operation Eiffel Tower . . . in which the four children try to raise money to give their mum and dad a treat in an attempt to make them happier. First they want to send their parents to Paris, but quickly realise they can never afford that, so instead they set up a dinner for two under the Eiffel Tower in the local crazy golf attraction. But will it get their parents talking again? A funny and very moving story that tackles important issues with a light touch.

How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini

How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2010

Ali Ferguson has just moved into Lever Tower with his mum. It's not long before he meets Caitlin and the Alsatian dog she looks after, Falcon, who doesn't take too kindly to being walked on a lead. Caitlin introduces Ali to her best friend, Gez, and together the three set out to discover, firstly, why the foxes have disappeared from the area, secondly, why the owls have appeared and, thirdly, why Miss Osborne has, it seems, vanished...And how exactly her disappearance is related to the previous two. With the help of his friends and, significantly, Caitlin's dad, Ali and his mum begin to feel comfortable and happy in their new life without Ali's dad.

How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant

How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant

Author: Elen Caldecott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2009

Kirsty Jenkins adores the allotment her grandfather lovingly tends and, just before he dies, he asks Kirsty to look after it for him. But when horrible Mr Thomas from the council insists it must go to the next person on the waiting list, Kirsty is determined to find a way to keep her promise. After pleading with Mr Thomas and demonstrating at the council offices, Kirsty and her half-siblings undertake their most daring plan of all: to 'borrow' the stuffed elephant from the museum that Mr Thomas loves so much, in a last-ditch attempt to gain his attention and understanding. Perhaps this risky ruse might also shake Kirsty's dad from the quiet sadness he has fallen into ever since her grandfather died. A warm, funny and moving novel about family relationships, dealing with bereavement, green beans and marrows.

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