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Russell returns with her second story about the teen hero of Martin McMillan and the Lost Inca City (2005), who this time finds himself tracking down criminals in Thailand... A middle-grade adventure story with plenty of action and an engaging plot, which may appeal to fans of the Indiana Jones movies. - Kirkus Reviews

A marvelous young adult mystery, with an engaging plot and lively characters.
- Indie Reader

About the Author

Elaine Russell is the author of fiction for children and adults, including short stories and the first book of her middle-grade adventure series Martin McMillan and the Lost Inca City. She enjoys weaving the history and cultural of other countries into her stories. She has traveled in Thailand many times where she researched details for Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant. Elaine is also the author of the adult novel Across the Mekong River. She majored in history at the University of California Davis and earned a masters degree in economics at California State University Sacramento. Elaine currently lives with her husband in Sacramento, California, and part time on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475149808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475149807
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,709,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elaine Russell's new novel Montana in A Minor is a contemporary young adult romance. Kirkus Reviews says "In this excellent YA novel, Russell's teenage cellist heroine Emily Lopez uses music as her framework for dealing with the world...Russell does a fantastic job creating Emily's world, and the young girl's voice is charming and plausible right from the start...Well written and engaging YA." The book won an award from the annual Friends of the Sacramento Library writing contest in 2010.

Elaine's adult novel Across the Mekong River won four 2013 independent publisher book awards for multicultural fiction: Winner Next Generation Book Award, Silver ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, Bronze Independent Publishers Book Award, and Bronze Readers' Favorite Book Award. She became inspired and actively involved with the Hmong immigrant community after meeting Hmong children in her son's school in Sacramento and reading Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Since then, she has visited Laos many times to research her first adult novel, Across the Mekong River, and as a member of the nonprofit organization Legacies of War. She has written and lectured extensively on the history of the civil war in Laos, which resulted in the mass exodous of Hmong and other Laotian refugees, many of whom immigrated to the United States. Before publication, Across the Mekong River was a finalist in the Carolina Wren Press 2010 Doris Bakwin Award for adult novels, the Maui Writer's Conference 2003 Rupert Hughes Prose Writing Competition, and the Focus on Writers 2001 Friends of the Sacramento Library Awards.

Her other books include the Martin McMillan middle-grade adventure series: The Lost Inca City and The Secret of the Ruby Elephant, which also won four 2013 indie book awards, including winner of the Indie Reader award for juvenile fiction.

Elaine graduated with a BA in History at University of California, Davis, and an MA in Economics at California State University Sacramento. She worked as a Resource Economist/Environmental Consultant for many years, before turning to writing fiction for adults and children.



For more information on Elaine Russell, visit http://www.elainerussell.info/

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It was fast-paced, fun, and enjoyable.
Natalie C.
This is a highly entertaining read, and I look forward to the next in what will hopefully be a long and successful series.
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While this book is written for young adults, it is a great read for any age level!
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While this book is written for young adults, it is a great read for any age level! It is the second book in the Martin McMillan series, and it follows Martin, his friend Isabel, and others to the country of Thailand. The kids, along with a new friend, Junya, try to discover who stole the Ruby Elephant statue from a museum in Chicago. The mystery takes them to Thailand, the original home of the precious Ruby Elephant, and a whole new set of adventures. The writing is very easy to follow and the story is intriguing. Elaine Russell does a great job of ending her short chapters in ways that make you want to keep reading, either with foreshadowing or in the middle of an anxious event. The descriptions of Thailand are very realistic and I would love to travel there some day and see the temples and the monkeys! :) I teach 5th grade (10-11 year old kids), and I recommended this book to my students. They absolutely loved it! I had some students that read it in one day because they were so intrigued and into the characters and the story. They commented that they loved how fast-paced it was and that it was funny, thrilling, not predictable (which is good!), and just a good all-around read!
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By Natalie C. on April 1, 2013
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Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant is very well done. Elaine Russell wrote a great book with mystery, intrigue, and history. It is about two kids that pair up to try and solve the mystery of the missing ruby elephant that was stolen from a museum in Chicago. The book takes you all the way to Thailand and it keeps rolling from there. It is written for young adults, but I enjoyed reading it as well. I am a teacher and my 5th grade students had the privilege of reading this book. Some of them finished it quicker than any other book they read. It was fast-paced, fun, and enjoyable. A must-read. Have fun solving the mystery!
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Martin McMillan is excited to spend time with his friend Isabel, visiting Chicago six months after their adventure together in Peru.

He is a bit chagrined to also find himself expected to entertain Junya, a girl about their age who has come to Chicago from Thailand with her grandfather, to attend the opening of an exhibit featuring the Ruby Elephant, a royal Thai artifact, now on loan to the Field Museum where Martin's parents work. But a series of disturbing incidents, including a stuck elevator at the museum and an escaped gibbon at the zoo, interfere with his and Isabel's efforts to show Junya the city.

When Martin finds the Ruby Elephant in his backpack, only to have it stolen the moment after, their adventure really begins, as the three kids and their families travel to Junya's homeland to track down the criminals, the elephant, and the secret treasure to which it points.

This is a marvelous young adult mystery, with a lively plot and an appealing cast of characters. The reader is given a lovely view of a beautiful country (particularly its temples) as the trio's adventures unfold. The burgeoning teen romance between Martin and Isabel is handled subtly and sweetly, and Junya's transition from shy stranger to puzzle-solving co-detective and friend is deft and believable. The writing is smooth, clear, and entertaining, moving the plot along and coloring in the scenery beautifully without getting bogged down in too much explanation or detail.

This is a highly entertaining read, and I look forward to the next in what will hopefully be a long and successful series.

Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader
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I've read both "Martin" books and look forward to the next one. I don't have a youngster to read it with, but that didn't stop me. I think the cultural anthropology inherent in the stories are a great opportunity for a youngster to learn about other parts of the world while engaged in the mystery solving that keeps one reading on.
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We are proud to announce that MARTIN McMILLAN AND THE SECRET OF THE RUBY ELEPHANT by Elaine Russell is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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