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Charlotte says...
I read Trouble at the Crab Shack first and liked the questions Ellie asks and how she searches for solutions. She's definitely grown up quite a lot. In the Abandoned Rule Book, it made me think that problems don't always have solutions you can think of, but if you don't give up, things can work out, even by accident. I loved this mystery-adventure and I was sad when I finished the book.

When Ellie's parents go to America, she probably thinks being left at home with Grandma and Eddie might be boring. Wrong!

I wouldn't like to be left with a Rule Book, either. I love how Ellie managed to get rid of it without even trying. The story made me laugh. I won't admit to crying. I appreciate my brother a bit more, that's all. It's an exciting story.


The Abandoned Rule Book
Ellie Booton's Journal, No. 3

Ellie's parents are spending the summer in America and, to put it bluntly, Ellie is not invited. She's left with her grandma, her big brother, Eddie (who stinks), and a rule book to keep her out of trouble.

Friendships are strained and something strange and menacing is going on at the Little Egret Hotel. Feeling abandoned and in need of some sound advice, Ellie just can’t bring herself to consult the Rule Book. Fifty rules! Are you joking?

There's a storm brewing, and ordinary things lead to an extraordinary moment, when Ellie sees something that will change everything.

Ellie journals her strange summer where rules don’t seem to apply, life is mysterious and changing, and survival will hang on a split second decision.

Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Burdock House (October 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-09930984-5-1
Reading age: 10 and up

£5.99 plus postage


The royalty from this book is donated to Congo Children Trust, a UK registered charity which runs Kimbilio, a sanctuary for vulnerable children in DR Congo, who often end up working on the streets, or in cobalt mines.


If you own a smartphone, the cobalt inside it may well have been mined by a child. That is a sad and frightening fact. We are caring about this because big corporations who exploit cobalt for profit, don't seem to. More info >


Trouble at the Crab Shack Café
Ellie Booton's Journal, No. 1
  The Lighthouse Code
Ellie Booton's Journal, No. 2

Ellie Booton's Journals, 1, 2 and 3
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