Posted in Middle Grade, Spotlight on March 5, 2014

Today I’m spotlighting three books perfect for those in middle school looking for a little adventure!  Each book can be read as a stand alone but I’m sure once your child reads one of the books they will want to read them all!  These books were written by J Bean Palmer and illustrated by Melanie Therrien.

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ElsBeth and the Pirate’s Treasure

Book I in The Cape Cod Witch Series

ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the youngest witch on Cape Cod, is involved in all the normal aspects of growing up. Her teacher Ms. Finch is a horror, like something out of one of those scary movies her grandmother would never let her watch. And the obnoxious Robert Hillman-Jones has it in for her.

But when Halloween approaches in the sleepy Cape Cod town, a never-quite-forgotten pirate’s treasure awakens some serious trouble. ElsBeth and her friend Johnny Twofeathers, chief-to-be of the local Wampanoag tribe, together with a cast of spirited classmates and curious magical creatures (including two troublesome fairies from the old country), must face off against dangerous outsiders — and the notorious pirate Billy Bowlegs — to restore the balance of past and present, good and evil.

Originally in print copy as The Cape Cod Witch and the Pirates Treasure, this enhanced and expanded edition includes twenty-one original, full-color illustrations.

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ElsBeth and the Pirate’s Adventure

Book II in the Cape Cod Witch Series
Now available in eBook format 

While on an innocent field trip to Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, ElsBeth and her classmates become entangled in the fateful kidnapping of another student — a young Arabian Prince.

Under the Old North Church they meet the famous freedom fighter, the pirate ghost Captain Thomas Jacques, who leads them on a daring rescue attempt across the treacherous waters to Nantucket Island. And along the way ElsBeth and her friends get a real-life lesson in fighting for freedom and caring about something bigger than themselves.

Readers also discover a treasure chest of historical nuggets and Cape and Islands lore, together with a brief sketch of the authentic pirates featured in Books I and II. 

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ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties

Book III in the popular award winning Cape Cod Witch Series.

When a new kind of enemy threatens their wild and free ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands, three ancient ghosts know they need one of their clan from the living world. They call the Thistle heir from across the sea to the old country.

Almost-eleven-year-old ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the youngest witch on Cape Cod, has her own need to find out more about the family mysteries, and a personal calling to protect the natural world.

But even with help from a curious cast of magical creatures she befriends, and her spirited classmates who’ve been swept along, ElsBeth is in way over her magic level — and into older, odder mysteries than she could ever dream — in an adventure just above the surface of reality.

Includes twenty-two original, full-color illustrations.

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About the Author

J BEAN PALMER is the author of the popular award winning Little Cape Cod Witch fantasy adventures for middle-grade readers. With a degree in environmental science, her stories reflect a theme of respect for the natural world. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, National League of American Pen Women, the Cape Cod Cultural Center, and a former member of the board of the Cape Cod Writers Center.

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