My favourite stories are ones where very ordinary people do very extraordinary things. These are the kind of stories I set out to write: real life, but with the promise of adventure.
I recently graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. Before becoming a writer, I was an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard. It was while working at the museum that I realised there’s a way to steal anything if you think about it hard enough. I either had to become a master thief, or create some characters to do it for me – and so I began my debut novel, HOW KIRSTY JENKINS STOLE THE ELEPHANT.
The final title in the brilliant Marsh Road Mysteries adventure series by hugely popular children's author Elen Caldecott. For fans of the Laura Marlin Mysteries by Lauren St John.
Meet Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvie - the Marsh Road Mystery solvers.
Sylvie Hampshire is in hospital. She knows she's responsible enough to take control of her diabetes medication, but now she has to prove it on the hospital ward. She's only been there a couple of hours when Barry, a therapy dog, goes missing in suspicious circumstances. It's time to bring in the gang! With their detective senses on high alert, the five friends set out to find Barry, but the stakes soon become much higher than they thought. Have they finally met their match? Not if Sylvie Hampshire has anything to do with it!
Review for OPERATION EIFFEL TOWER:
"One of the strengths of Elen Caldecott’s breezy stories for 7-11s is that they show successful unconventional families. Her latest novel, OPERATION EIFFEL TOWER (Bloomsbury £5.99), concerns four children who are made unhappy by mum and dad’s arguments, but are determined, when the marriage ends, to patch it up. They plan a romantic dinner in Paris for their parents, but find they can only afford dinner by the Eiffel Tower on the local crazy-golf course. The story reaches a realistic but hopeful resolution" - Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times
OPERTION EIFFEL TOWER was shortlisted for the 2013 Red House Children's Book Awards.
Elen won the Lennox Author Award (November 2010), and has just been been longlisted for a 2013 UK Literacy Association Book Award.