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Ellanor and the Search for Organoth Blue Amber
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Characters

Ellanor Celendis

Ellanor Celendis

The protagonist and heroine of the series. Elly is a shy, under-confident twelve-year old elfling in Alendria with big dreams to become a famous explorer like her Grandfather and her idol, Larabeth Goldberry. She is close to her family but is an outcast at school. Unlike her blue-eyed family members in the Celendis clan, Elly is green-eyed with long, curly black hair that always seems messy, which is unusual for sleek-haired elves. She is also smaller and less agile than most elves, and she has very little affinity with music. She is intrigued by all things related to the human realm, and wishes she could explore Gaya which has been sealed off for a hundred years. Elly is a bit like a 'tom-boy' in that she detests the colour pink and anything too 'girly'.

Aron

Aron

Elly's earnest, bookish neighbour and best friend since they were very young. Silver-haired and grey-eyed, Aron aspires to becomes a historian and detests archensoar and other sports, often claiming that it is 'better to train one's mind than one's muscles'. He is often seen carrying numerous books around, even though he could easily stash them away in his Royan.

Edellina

Edellina

Elly's new friend, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who just moved to Evergreen City with her family from Morwen Valley six months ago. She doesn't seem to like talking about her family, and Elly and Aron have never been invited to her home. She often gets Elly and Aron to spend time with her at the Meridien Meadows after school, and she seems very persuasive when she wants to get something done her way.

Lily Wong

Lily Wong

A spirited 13 year-old British-Born Chinese girl who becomes Elly's first human friend. Lily has long, straight, silky black hair and wears unattractive thick glasses, though she wishes she could wear contacts very soon. She is an earnest student, but unlike many typical Asian peers, Lily is not good at math and science, and instead often day-dreams and loves English literature. Like Elly, she struggles with being bullied at school for being a bit of an odd-ball.

Hobbes

Hobbes

An abandoned pet hamster that Elly meets in the human realm. Chubby and ginger-coloured, Hobbes encounters Elly at the Berry Grove Park in the London suburbs after he was abandoned by his owner.

Marlow

Marlow

Elly's pet griffin. Marlow is extremely loyal to Elly and the Celendis family. As a baby, he was found in the Celestan Forest by Sereth after Marlow's mother and siblings got killed by goblins during an attack. Unlike other griffins, Marlow does not speak and instead prefers to engage in telepathy with Elly.

Grandpapa Galdor Celendis

Grandpapa Galdor Celendis

Elly's paternal grandfather, a wise and whimsical old man with a long flowing beard and one of the oldest elves in Alendria. He is almost 800 years-old and is known to possess incredible magical powers, though Elly has never seen him in action. He is the elder brother of Idril Gailfrin Celendis who was branded a traitor during the War of Wrath hundreds of years ago, and for this reason the Celendis clan became associated with treachery and became outcasts in Alendria.

Blaine Isendor

Blaine Isendor

An enigmatic Vierran elf from Aranon, the cold northern region in Alendria. Like other Vierran elves, Blaine is very tall and muscular, with very dark skin, striking golden eyes, and long silver-white hair.

Larabeth Goldberry

Larabeth Goldberry

The most famous female explorer in Alendria, now retired and whereabouts unknown. In her youth Larabeth was golden-haired with large blue eyes, and was known to be daring, out-spoken, and one who never liked following rules. Elly aspires to become like Larabeth Goldberry and has collected all of her books on her journeys through different realms, especially Gaya.

Gutz

Gutz

A goblin that resides in the underworld of Alendria. Clever, cunning, and resourceful, Gutz manages to infiltrate Alendria and wreak some havoc.

Greymore

Before it flowered from an acorn into a Royan, Greymore was smaller and less attractive than other acorns that grow on the Tree. However, during the Bonding Ceremony Elly was strangely drawn to Greymore in his acorn form, and this instant bond established Greymore as Elly's Royan.

Sereth Celendis

Elly's father, a renowned silversmith. One of the tallest elves in Alendria, he is also renowned for his strength and thundering laugh. He dotes on his children and has a big appetite, especially for his wife's cooking.

Nidah Celendis

Elly's mother, who runs a well-known bakery specialising in sweet cakes. She is very protective of her children and easily becomes anxious when Elly spends too much time away from home after school. She wishes Elly could be more lady-like and often attempts to get her to wear something pink or more feminine, but to no avail.

Luca Celendis

Elly's little brother. He is mischievous and loves to tease and play pranks on his sister, who loves him but often finds him annoying. Luca is learning to master his telekinetic power (i.e. making things move and fly), and wishes he could soon start his studies at Arvellon Academy and get his Royan, just like his sister.

Mrs Silverwinkle

A substitute teacher whom Elly meets at school on her birthday. Feisty and intimidating despite her small size, she has a cloud of curly white hair and twinkling blue eyes. Elly takes an instant liking to her and wishes Mrs Silverwinkle could become her class teacher permanently.

Mr Holle

Elly's classroom teacher, a mean and sour-faced man who never discourages the Three Flamingos from bullying Elly in the classroom. He is absent from school on the day of Elly's 12th birthday and is replaced for the day by Mrs Silverwinkle.

Kaelan

Elly's classmate, a handsome and enigmatic boy who takes an interest in Elly after her presentation on aspiring to become an explorer. Kaelan is quiet and doesn't seem to have many friends, though he is well-liked and is popular with the girls at school. He was raised by his reclusive father after his mother was abducted by goblins when he was a baby.

The Three Flamingos

Three girls named Darrius, Lorelana, and Morganai in Elly's class who form the nastiest clique at Arvellon Academy. They are tall and thin and often like to wear pink. The ring-leader, Darrius, harbors a deep dislike for Elly. The girls like to taunt Elly because of her association with her alleged traitor grand-uncle, Idril Gailfrin Celendis.

Horace Cobble

A shoemaker in his late 60's who owns a run-down shoe shop in London. Horace is a tall, balding, pot-bellied grumpy man who grumbles a lot and resists changes. He has never traveled outside of England. He inherited the shoe shop that was once beloved and successful. He is descended from Lawrence Cobble, the shoemaker who inspired the classic folk-tale 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'.

Miriam Cobble

The wife of Horace. Miriam is a plump, grey-haired woman who is gentle and kind-hearted, but finds it difficult living with her grumpy husband who often takes her for granted. She is a very good cook and loves to bake, and she wishes to travel the world, especially to Santorini in Greece.

Maddy O'Brien

A friendly 13 year-old British girl who just moved to London from Manchester. Maddy is tall and slender with strawberry-blonde hair, freckles, and blue eyes. She is athletic and is not very good at her studies, especially English literature. Since her parents divorced, Maddy has been very resentful of her mother. She is very affectionate towards her little brother, who has autism.

Teddy O'Brien

Younger brother of Maddy, an eight-year old boy with autism. Teddy reminds Elly of her little brother, Luca. Teddy loves animals and speaks in a monotone, engages in very limited eye contact, and can get very upset when something doesn't happen in the way he expects. He quickly forms an unusual attachment to Elly.

Victoria O'Brien

The kind but scatter-brained mother of Maddy and Teddy. Victoria is trying her best to cope with the aftermath of her divorce, and she has difficulty handling Maddy's resentment.

Goldie

A mysterious girl that Elly sees in her dreams. Goldie is an orphan who lives in terrible conditions inside the basement of the Waldorf mansion, in a town called Hemlock which seems to be somewhere in northern Europe. She has short black hair and green eyes, and it turns out she has also been seeing Elly in her dreams.

Veronika Waldorf

The cruel foster mother of Goldie, she is a beautiful woman who lives with her husband and son in the great Waldorf mansion. The Waldorf family appears to be a wealthy and prominent family in Hemlock, and underneath their attractive exterior they are abusive towards Goldie.

International Book Awards Finalist

Award-Winning Finalist in the "Fiction: Fantasy" category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards

USABookNews.com the premier online magazine featuring mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 USA BEST BOOKS AWARDS on November 16, 2015. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 100 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2013-2015.


International Book Awards Finalist

Award-Winning Finalist in the "Fiction: Fantasy" category of the 2015 International Book Awards

USA Book News the premier online magazine featuring mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 21, 2015. Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The illustrations in this book are really wonderful, and contribute a lot to the narrative. Ellanor is certainly a feisty character, and there is a nice energy to the book that keeps the reader turning the pages. The world building in this book is interesting...This reader did appreciate the reversal of the usual portal-fantasy structure; it was refreshing to have an elf entering the human world. The diversity in the humans that Ellanor encounters on her journeys also feels fresh and intriguing. Overall, this was a charming story.
― Writer's Digest Self-Publishing Awards

Every now and again, I pick up a book that is a potential game changer in the world of young adult fiction. Ellanor's story stands out like a bright star among the dross. I am reminded of what makes classic fantasy fiction like Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series work, not because this work is like them, but because Durham understands, like they did, how to build and grow a story. K.T Durham knows her characters and her world well, as most of the best fantasy fiction writers do. I for one can't wait for more.
― Mari

The characters—both elf and human—are well-crafted and believable. Elly’s story generally moves swiftly...While Elly’s school, Arvellon Academy, shares a lot of similarities with the well-known Hogwarts, the novel itself proves to be original. A sedate, detailed adventure of two worlds.
― Kirkus Reviews

It's been a while since I've read a book which I literally couldn't put down. It was an easy read and I got drawn into the story. The ending was quite a surprise. I would recommend it to people both young and old as this is truly an inspiring story...I can't wait to find out more about Ellanor's adventures!
― S Fu

Best book I've read in a long time and one that is now on my list of annual re-reads. The story is just so beautifully written... While there are difficult issues raised, such as racism, the author handles them with a sensitivity that left me feeling positive. This book left me with a warm glow on the inside and I can't wait to see more from this talented writer.
― Blythe Cosmopolitan

About the author

K.T. Durham
A Speech and Language Therapist during the day and a writer on the side, K.T. Durham has a dream to share the Ellanor Chronicles with readers around the world. Having spent parts of her childhood and adolescence shuttling between Australia and Hong Kong, her unique outlook on life as a third-culture individual has inspired many aspects of her fantasy novels. LEARN MORE...

Message from the author

I want to say a big THANK YOU for your continued support! As an indie author with a dream, it is always humbling and encouraging to receive positive feedback. Writing a book truly takes an incredible amount of hard work and perseverance, and I salute those who have been doing it for decades! I'm now working on the third book, which should be the second-last instalment of the series. Stay tuned!

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