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About Celesta Rimington
Celesta writes magical books for middle grade readers. She's lived in nearly every region of the United States and has had several close encounters with tornadoes. Her debut novel, THE ELEPHANT'S GIRL, is a winner of the 2020 Reading the West Book Award. It's also a 2021-2022 master list selection for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Oklahoma Children's Sequoyah Book Award, and the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award. TIPS FOR MAGICIANS, Celesta's second magical middle grade novel, is a Junior Library Guild selection. Celesta is an elephant advocate and a musical theater performer, and she's active in her local writing community. She currently resides in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and children, where they have a miniature railroad with a rideable steam train. For teacher resources, author visit info, and bonus content for kids, visit https://celestarimington.com. Follow her online @celesta_rimington on Instagram and @CRimington on Twitter.
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An elephant never forgets, but Lexington Willow can't remember what happened before a tornado swept her away when she was a toddler. All she knows is that it landed her near an enclosure in a Nebraska zoo; and there an elephant named Nyah protected her from the storm. With no trace of her birth family, Lex grew up at the zoo with Nyah and her elephant family; her foster father, Roger; her best friend, Fisher; and the wind whispering in her ear.
Now that she's twelve, Lex is finally old enough to help with the elephants. But during their first training session, Nyah sends her a telepathic image of the woods outside the zoo. Despite the wind's protests, Lex decides to investigate Nyah's message and gets wrapped up in an adventure involving ghosts, lost treasure, and a puzzle that might be the key to finding her family. As she hunts for answers, Lex must summon the courage to leave the secure borders of her zoo to discover who she really is--and why the tornado brought her here all those years ago.
Harrison Boone used to sing. His mom was a famous soprano who performed in all the great theaters. But when she died unexpectedly last year, the music stopped for Harrison too. He finds comfort in practicing magic tricks to become a master magician.
If only Harrison knew the right magic to stop his dad from hitting the road for a new job and sending him to live with his aunt Maggie in an art village named Muse in the southern Utah desert. The residents of Muse believe in a magical entity that used to grant wishes to the winner of the town's annual art contest, but the muse hasn't been seen in years.
Can Harrison connect with his inner artist, find the missing muse, and win the wish that will give him back a normal life?