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Children's Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

The Hunt for the Haunted Elephant

by (author) Carol Matas & Perry Nodelman

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2010
Mysteries & Detective Stories
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
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Molly and Adam Barnett have had more than enough trouble lately. First, they discovered that their dearly departed grandfather wasn’t quite as “departed” as a dead guy should be. Then, they had to save their dad from a dreaded family curse. And now, just when they’ve gotten used to friendly ghosts and not-so-friendly ghosts and curses that just won’t die, things have taken a definite turn for the worse. As The Curse of the Evening Eye (Book II) ended, Molly and Adam made a frightening discovery: The emerald in Reggie’s ring isn’t just a valuable jewel. It was once an eye on an ancient, Indian elephant carving. The other eye?a sapphire?is nowhere to be found, which is really too bad, since the separation of the two jewels is what led to the family curse in the first place. Even worse? If the eyes aren't soon returned to the elephant, ghosts everywhere will repossess their former bodies, and the world will be doomed. The Barnett family takes matters into its own hands, heading off to the old family home outside of Oxford, England, in search of the elephant. Will Molly and Adam?and some new ghostly friends?be able to find the elephant, and the missing eye, in time? In The Hunt for the Haunted Elephant, Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman offer a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy filled with thrills, chills, and more than a few laughs.

About the authors

Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of over thirty-five novels for children and young adults. Her best-selling work, which includes three award-winning series, has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Taiwanese, Turkish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, German, French, Indonesian and Russian.
A graduate of the Actor's Lab, in London England, Carol first earned a B.A. (English) from The University of Western Ontario. Her teaching experience includes Artists in the School, Manitoba Arts Council;visiting professor at Bemidji State University, Minnesota; and a Creative Writing instructor, Continuing Education Division, The University of Winnipeg. Carol is an inspiring and passionate speaker who is frequently invited to address children and adults alike across North America.
Carol writes contemporary and historical fiction, as well as science fiction and fantasy. She first began writing historical fiction when her Danish husband told her stories about his parents' experiences fighting the Nazis in World War II. She has often written about Jewish themes, and is well known for her books concerning the Holocaust, writing Daniel's Story at the request of The United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Over the years, her knack for successfully infusing serious and thought-provoking issues into an action-driven format has kept readers of all ages engaged.
The list of awards for her books is long, and includes two Sydney Taylor awards, The Geoffrey Bilson award, a Silver Birch award, The Jewish Book Award, as well as the inclusion of her books on many honour lists, such as the ALA notable list, The New York Times Review notable list, The New York Public Library list for the Teen Age, and the Voya books in the middle, Best Book list. She has also been nominated for the Governor General Award twice.
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Perry Nodelman is professor emeritus of English at the University of Winnipeg and author of The Pleasure of Children’s Literature and Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books. Professor Nodelman is also an accomplished author of children’s books such as Behaving Bradley.

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