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Trouble at the Crab Shack is a story which skips along engaging our interest with excitement, suspense, mystery and heart-warming moments. My granddaughter and I absolutely love this book!

Ancient Mariner (top 1000 Amazon reviewer)
A Terrifically Engaging Story of One Young Girl's Summer both large and small are filtered through her eyes and imagination and presented to us as lovely and fresh thoughts about the many virtues, pleasures, and small kindnesses we often overlook. Spiced with sly good humor, some very funny bits, and the occasional bit of edge, this book is never heavy-handed, but is always brisk, direct and engaging.

Helena says...
Flinty Maguire writes deftly through the eyes of a bright, observant, eleven year old girl confronting life experiences which would daunt most adults. Ellie’s journal is a revealing and thoughtful read. I loved the sub-plots, the tricky family dynamics and the sense of adventure that comes into children's lives when the wind blows. Paced and poignant, Ellie’s journal shows that life, friendship and family, is never quite straightforward. (This was my son's book. I enjoyed it too!)


Trouble at the Crab Shack Café
Ellie Booton's Journal, No.1

Introducing a new and quirky heroine: eleven year old Ellie, who moves to the coast with her family to live with her recently bereaved grandma. Starting over isn't easy at any age and Ellie's new life is a bumpy ride. Ellie teams up with Elsie; it's summer and the Crab Shack Café looks like it will be a haven until things start to go wrong. The café is deserted, the wind howls, and who is the solemn boy who always carries a camera? There’s a mystery to solve and Ellie's happiness depends on it.

"What can I tell you about the Crab Shack Café? Well, first of all, it's not a shack and crab isn't on the menu. In fact, soon, it might not be a café at all, and that means one thing - DISASTER!
PLUS - Eddie and Susannah have fallen out - Cooper and Abigail are hanging around with that ROTTEN Gilby Flynn - and Elsie's life seems to be falling apart. And would you believe it - our school project is ONLY to make the world a BETTER PLACE - as if we didn't have enough on our plates. We're all in BIG, BIG TROUBLE."

Atmospheric, thoughtful and heart warming; this funny story, told by Ellie, delves into life at its trickiest.

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Burdock House
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-099309843
Reading age: 9 and up.

£5.99 plus postage


The Lighthouse Code
Ellie Booton's Journal, No. 2
  The Abandoned Rule Book
Ellie Booton's Journal, No. 3

Ellie Booton's Journals, 1, 2 and 3
£15.00 + postage



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