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Ellanor and the Search for Organoth Blue Amber
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Ellanor and the Search for Organoth Blue Amber

Story

Elly Celendis is not like the other elves in the realm of Alendria. She is insecure, has unruly hair, loathes pink, lacks musical aptitude, and hates going to school, where she is tormented by the Three Flamingos, the meanest clique at Arvellon Academy. To top it off, she is dreading her twelfth birthday party and is now experiencing puzzling dreams and visions.

Elly aspires to become an explorer like her grandpapa and heroine, Larabeth Goldberry, so she can venture into different realms—especially the human realm of Gaya, which has been sealed off for a hundred years. But her wish comes true much sooner than expected after she is fooled by a goblin and pushed through a portal into Gaya, where she becomes stranded. Desperate to find her way back home, Elly masquerades as a human as she attempts to track down an elusive blue amber that she hopes will repair the damaged portal. Along the way, Elly forges friendships and discovers secrets about her homeland with the potential to change her life forever.

In this fantasy tale, a unique elf on the adventure of her life is about to realize powerful forces are at play in Alendria that are far more sinister than she ever imagined.

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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