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About J Bean Palmer
Winner of the Mom's Choice Award for excellence and the 2016 New Book Award, J Bean Palmer's Cape Cod Witch Series calls upon her family's long history in New England including a Revolutionary "Green Mountain Boy", Cape Cod cranberry farmers and artists, and an oft-told family legend that as her grandmother's ancestors stepped off the Mayflower, her grandfather's relatives were there to greet them. With a degree in Environmental Science (summa cum laude, University of Maine), the author's ElsBeth stories reflect a passion and respect for the natural world and its magical kinship.
J Bean is a member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, National League of American Pen Women, and a former member of the board of the Cape Cod Writers Center.
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Recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award honoring excellence. When Halloween approaches, a never-quite-forgotten pirate's treasure awakens some serious trouble in the sleepy Cape Cod town. ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, who happens to be the youngest witch on the Cape, 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. Includes nineteen full-color illustrations.
Recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award honoring excellence, a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and described by Midwest Book Review as “about as fine a middle school fantasy as you could get.”
When their ancestral lands in the Scottish Highlands are threatened, three ancient ghosts of the castle need one of their clan from the living world. They call the young Cape Cod witch across the sea.
ElsBeth has a personal calling to protect the natural world, and her own need to know more about her family line.
With help and hindrance from her classmates who’ve been swept along, and newfound allies and opponents both magical and not, ElsBeth is drawn deep into the present danger and the mysteries of the old country and her heritage -- well above her magic level.
She must find a new measure of herself, and use all she can of the past and the present to make a future for her family and her friends.
Odyssey Reviews: This story is filled to the brim with adventure, plenty of vivid and likable characters (even the cranky teacher, Ms. Finch) and topped with history and important environmental lessons for the young reader.
ElsBeth serves as a lovely example of a tenacious and passionate girl, who is able to navigate and overcome some fairly scary adversities to positively help those in need in the end.
Finally, illustrator Melanie Therrien has also returned to include her vibrant pictures that add a perfect touch and emphasis to this Cape Cod Witch Series.
And if that's not enough to capture a reader's attention, there is real history information and recipes tucked in the back of the book. The treasures in this tale will undoubtedly capture young readers' hearts, as they wonder what will happen next, and should definitely not be passed over.