ElsBeth’s most recent adventure takes place on Cape Cod and the Scottish Highlands:
When their wild and free ancestral lands are threatened, three ancient ghosts need one of their clan from the living world. They call the Thistle heir from across the sea to the old country.
Almost-ten-year-old ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the youngest witch on Cape Cod, has her own need to unearth the family mysteries and to begin in earnest her chosen calling to protect the natural world.
ElsBeth uses the best she knows of science and magic (not so very different from each other, after all).
But even with help from a curious cast of magical creatures she befriends, and her spirited classmates who’ve been swept along (including the beautiful but feisty fashionista Veronica, a Wampanoag chief-to-be Johnny, and Frankie, who wants to follow in the footsteps of his prize-fighting Uncle Vittorio), 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.
In ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties, ElsBeth and her friends want an adventure, but get more of one than they bargained for. “Borrowing” an uncle’s boat leads to a strange and exciting adventure when the ocean takes Cape Cod children ElsBeth and her friends much further than they had planned to go. You see, the boys wanted to go treasure hunting on an island, while the girls wanted to go shopping on Martha’s Vineyard. Yet they end up in Scotland!
The adventure doesn’t end when they get off of the boat either. Ghosts, a banshee, and witches are waiting for the friends. Thankfully, a kind brother and sister let the children stay with them in their castle home which just happens to have its own resident ghosts! Find out what happens in this fun book, by reading Elsbeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties!
I did enjoy this story very much. The characters were well-developed, and it was very well researched. The plot was exciting, and the settings were well described. Definitely a book worth checking out!
In The Cape Cod Witch Series J Bean Palmer 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.
Co-author Chris Palmer makes some use of his education in philosophy (and his experience as a short-order cook on Cape Cod, a Boston cab driver, and an Internet business executive in California) in contributing the poems that are sung or spoken by several characters in the stories. A 14th generation Cape Codder, he and J Bean currently reside in a converted barn on the banks of a western Maine river. The authors welcome readers’ comments and may be contacted at email@example.com
Books one and two are also available on Amazon.
Brief summaries of Books I and II:
ElsBeth and the Pirate’s Treasure, Book I, is set on Cape Cod near ElsBeth’s home, and she and her friends have to face off against dangerous outsiders and a notorious pirate to restore the balance of past and present, good and evil. (Particularly appropriate for readers aged 8-10.)
In ElsBeth and the Pirate’s Adventure, Book II, ElsBeth and her friends go on a field trip to the Boston Freedom Trail. They get caught up with a freedom-fighting pirate ghost in the rescue attempt of a kidnapped student, and travel across the waters to Nantucket Island, in a real-life lesson in fighting for freedom and something bigger than themselves. Readers also discover a treasure chest of historical nuggets and Cape and Islands lore, together with a brief account of the authentic pirates featured in Books I and II. (Much-enjoyed by readers ages 9-12.)