|Ellen Harvey Showell finds inspiration in her West Virginia childhood for stories of ghosts and hidden worlds--of crooked rivers, dark woods and song. Some of her stories were inspired by a fiddle-playing son who took to the hills for adventure. Her writings for children include middle-grade novels, beginning chapter books, musical plays and a screenplay. Also, she co-authored a book for young people about women inventors, used as a teaching guide in elementary and middle schools. She lives in Springfield, Virginia, with her husband, John. For more information, please visit Ellen's website.|
From Indian Corn to Outer Space: Women Invent in America
By Ellen H. Showell and Fred M.B. Amram
ISBN 0-942-389-107 Cobblestone publishing, Inc. $19.50
Nobel prize winning inventor Gertrude Elion said, "If we don't have curiosity, we don't have science." This book, with activity sections after each chapter, challenges boys and girls to become problem solvers -- to ask "What if," and to find solutions. It provides role models for girls and boys by showing the achievements and life stories of outstanding women inventors.
The Ghost of Tillie Jean Cassaway
Middle grade novel. A tale of Appalachia, with dialect. Strong family theme. A brother and sister meet a girl in the woods with the name of a child long dead. If not a ghost, who is she? They each have scary adventures before learning the truth. Theme for children to look for: How is one person's life affected by those who have lived before? How can a certain environment contribute to a story? This book is available in on-line bookstores. To view it, go to www.iuniverse.com and search the title. First published in 1978 by Four Winds Press, it is a winner of the South Carolina Children's Book Award.
The Trickster Ghost(first chapter book) - An eight year old boy knows he is not the one taking other people's things in their house. It must be a ghost! With the help of his sister, he finally proves he is right.
(Contact the author for copies)
Our Mountain(first chapter book) - As told to the author by Jimmy and Corey Allder. Two boys have real life adventures as they explore caves, haunted houses and river trails near their home.
Cecelia and the Blue Mountain Boy(middle grade novel) - A young girl who loves music and dancing finds a magical place that fulfills her dreams--then loses it until she can find meaning in a riddle told her by an old woman. Not until her dreary home village is transformed does she re-discover Blue Mountain and her true love.
Cecelia and the Blue Mountain Boy
The Ghost of Tillie Jean Cassaway (screenplay) Based on the novel of the same name. Contact author for more information.
Awards and Honors
Cecelia and the Blue Mountain Boy: A Parents' Choice Award for Literature; An NSTS Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; The Ghost of Tillie Jean Cassaway: The South Carolina Children's Book Award, 1982; From Indian Corn to Outer Space, Women Invent in America: Books for the 21st Century Girls's List, Women's National Book Association
Member: The Authors Guild; The Women's National Book Association