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Elen Caldecott - book author

I love to write stories about ordinary children doing extraordinary things.
With any luck, there's a list of all my published books further down my profile page.
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I only review books that I have enjoyed; which is why all my reviews are three stars or more.

Elen Caldecott is the author of books: How Kirsty Jenkins Stole The Elephant, The Mystery of Wickworth Manor, Diamonds and Daggers (Marsh Road Mysteries, #1), The Short Knife, The Great Ice-Cream Heist, Operation Eiffel Tower, Crowns and Codebreakers (Marsh Road Mysteries, #2), How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini, Spooks and Scooters (Marsh Road Mysteries, #3), Dogs and Doctors (Marsh Road Mysteries, #5)

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01
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.
02
When Paige and Curtis, two kids who are forced together during a school trip, discover a hidden painting, they are determined to find out who the Wickworth Boy really is and the real story behind the painting. Swept up in a rollercoaster of an adventure, an unlikely friendship develops between them, and soon they are working together to expose the truth. Could the boy in the painting really be the ghost who haunts the manor? Or will they find the truth is even more surprising?
03
Meet Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvia – 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.
04
It is the year 454AD. The Roman Empire has withdrawn from Britain, throwing it into the chaos of the Dark Ages. Mai has been kept safe by her father and her sister, Haf. But when Saxon warriors arrive at their farm, the family is forced to flee to the hills where British warlords lie in wait. Can Mai survive in a dangerous world where speaking her mother tongue might be deadly, and where even the people she loves the most can't be trusted?
05
'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.
06
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...

`Perfect for Jacqueline Wilson fans'
--The Bookseller

Julia Donaldson's choice for The Guardian's Best Books of 2011.
07
Lost luggage sparks a new case for the Marsh Road Investigators!

When Minnie’s gran comes all the way from Nigeria to visit, Minnie is very excited. But – CATASTOPHE! – Gran’s picked up the wrong suitcase at the airport and this one is full of boy’s clothes. And then their house is burgled – OH NO – and the only thing taken is the case. Minnie realises there’s a mystery to be solved. It’s time to get the gang together!

The second in a fantastic new series filled with friendship, adventure and mystery!
08
Ali has just moved into Lever Tower with his mum. It's not long before he meets Caitlin and her friend, Gez, and together the three set out to discover, firstly, why the foxes have disappeared, secondly, why the owls have appeared and, thirdly, why Miss Osborne has, it seems, vanished...

`Kid-sleuth adventure set unflinchingly in contemporary Britain. The book manages to be fun and serious at the same time'
--Financial Times
09
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.
10
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!

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.