Book Descriptions

30-word description

A romping science fantasy for middle graders where a ten-year old girl disappears from a wildlife safari and finds herself sailing aboard a cruising submarine on a distant, two-mooned planet!

100-word description

Adventurous Elvia Hill is fed up with her overly cautious parents, who never allow her to take risks or do anything fun. She feels trapped, but when they win a lottery for a wildlife safari, everything changes. Elvia’s thrilled, but her parents’ worst nightmare unfolds when she disappears along the way, apparently snatched and eaten by a lion! A massive search fails to find her, for Elvia’s not where they think she is. She’s on a distant, two-mooned planet, instead, having a grand adventure, sailing on a luxurious cruising submarine with a queenly “uppy,” and a lively sailor-boy-pirate named Rats!

150-word description

Adventurous Elvia Hill is fed up with her overly cautious parents, who never allow her to take risks or do anything fun. She feels trapped, but when her mother wins a lottery for a wildlife safari, everything changes. Her parents are worried for her safety in the African bush, but Elvia’s thrilled, so they take her along anyway, hoping for the best.

To their horror, their worst fears come true. Elvia disappears, apparently snatched and eaten by a lion! A massive search ensues, involving a bushman tracker, a delusional lion expert, and a kind, local couple who run a non-profit called Parents of Swallowed Children. But despite all their efforts, they can’t find her, for she’s not where they think she is. She’s on a distant two-mooned planet, instead, sailing aboard a luxurious cruising submarine with a queenly “uppy,” and a friendly, lively, sailor-boy-pirate with the unlikely name of Rats!

250-word description

Adventurous Elvia Hill is fed up with her overly cautious parents, who lost her older sister, Jane, to cancer. They protect Elvia, never allowing her to take risks or do anything fun. She feels trapped, but when her mother wins a lottery—round-trip airline tickets for a wildlife safari—her luck improves. Her parents are worried for her safety in the African bush, but Elvia’s thrilled, so they take her along anyway, hoping for the best.

To the Hills’ horror, their worst nightmare unfolds. Elvia disappears, apparently snatched and eaten by a lion! A massive search ensues, involving a bushman tracker, a delusional lion expert, a witchdoctor, a sham DNA testing company, and a kind, local couple who run an organization called Parents of Swallowed Children and are keen to help.

The search comes up empty, though, and for good reason: Elvia’s not where they think she is. She’s on a distant two-mooned planet, instead, having a grand and glorious adventure, cruising aboard a luxurious submarine with a queenly “uppy” and a lively sailor-boy-pirate with the unlikely, but fun, name of Rats!

At first, Elvia’s escapade is so exciting that she forgets about home. But when a terrible crisis unfolds aboard the boat and she’s the only one who can save the day, she must bravely face the same terrible fear that her parents have been avoiding since Jane’s death. And she discovers, too an even more powerful, singular emotion that opens her heart and transforms her troubled family forever.

Elvia and the Gift of Passion

By Ruthy Ballard

FACT SHEET

Category: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC Codes:
JUV044000 JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Intermediate
JUV037000 JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
JUV029000 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / General

Title: Elvia and the Gift of Passion

Author: Ruthy Ballard
Formats: Print & eBook

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