About the Author

Marilyn Helmer

Marilyn Helmer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, moved to New Brunswick, then to Quebec, then to Ireland, then back to Canada, all before she was five years old. Perhaps that is why she loves to travel, both in North America and abroad. Marilyn's main passion though is writing for children. She discovered a knack for storytelling at a very young age when she made up wild and creative excuses for the occasional bout of mischief. In elementary school she became an avid Nancy Drew fan. With a couple of like-minded friends, she began writing and telling her own mystery stories. But it wasn't until many years later, when she started reading to her son and daughter, that Marilyn's dream of writing for children was born. Success did not happen overnight but it did happen. Marilyn's stories, poems and articles have appeared in children's magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States. Her published books include picturebooks, chapter books, novels, riddle books and retold fairy tales.

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Adventures at Camp Lots-o-Fun

Adventures at Camp Lots-o-Fun

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by Mike Deas
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DJ looked at the other boys in Cabin Six. Raj, Ernie and Andrew were sprawled on the floor, making their journals. DJ had finished his yesterday. He had also made a monkey mask, a bucket hat and a rock paperweight. He was tired of crafts.
    DJ glanced at the rain-streaked window. Wait a minute. Something yellow peaked through the trees. DJ shot to his feet. "The sun's out!" he shouted.
    Chris opened the door. "Look's like it's clearing up. Get your rain gear, guys. We're going for a hike."

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Critter Riddles

Critter Riddles

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by Eric Parker
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : beginner
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Dinosaurs on the Beach

Dinosaurs on the Beach

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Josie crouched to examine the small cave-like crevice. Suddenly her hand slipped and she found herself wrist-deep in icy water. By her feet was a small tidal pool.

Pieces of broken rock were scattered over the bottom of the pool. Her eyes were drawn to one of them. She scooped it out. What she saw made her gasp in amazed delight.

On the rock were tiny raised prints. They looked like ... Josie held her breath. But could they be? Her eyes jumped back to the crystal clear water. There were more prints on the rocky bottom of the pool.

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Fog Cat

edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback Hardcover
tagged : cats
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Funtime Riddles

Funtime Riddles

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by Jane Kurisu
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : beginner
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Pirate Island Treasure

Pirate Island Treasure

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by David Parkins
edition:Paperback
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Recess Riddles

Recess Riddles

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by Jane Kurisu
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
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Sharing Snowy

Sharing Snowy

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by Kasia Charko
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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Ali sat on her bed. She picked up Tedward Bear. "I wish I had a big brother who wasn't allergic to cats," she whispered in his ear. "I wish I had a baby brother who didn't take my things." She hugged Tedward Bear. "But most of all, I wish I could have a real cat of my very own."

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Spooky Riddles

Spooky Riddles

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by Eric Parker
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : beginner
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The Fossil Hunters

The Fossil Hunters

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by Dermot Walshe
edition:Paperback
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"Marcus, come meet my cousin Shelley," Kyle called. Marcus walked over slowly. "Hi," he muttered. He looked at Shelley. "How old are you?" "I'm eight," said Shelley. "I'm ten," said Marcus. "You're just a kid." "I am not a kid," Shelley declared. She decided she did not like Marcus very much. She wished he would get back in his car and go home.

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The Great Garage Sale

The Great Garage Sale

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by Mike Deas
edition:Paperback
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Yucky Riddles

Yucky Riddles

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by Eric Parker
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : beginner
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Yummy Riddles

Yummy Riddles

by Marilyn Helmer
illustrated by Eric Parker
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : beginner
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