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OLGA


OLGA

 

A Different Kind of Jack.

A Different Kind of Giant.

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OLGA


OLGA

 

A Different Kind of Jack.

A Different Kind of Giant.

The 2016 NOVEL OF THE YEAR

UNDERGROUND BOOK REVIEWS

Over the last year, we received over 1,000 submissions, wrote 52 reviews and selected 11 Top Picks to vie for Novel of the Year... the final winner goes to a Young Adult novel that is so full of imagination and character that it was impossible to put down.”
— Amy R. Biddle, UBR Managing Editor
At times reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and, at others, of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, fans of fantasy and adventure will find both excitement and comfort in the novel’s pages
— Genvieve Shifke Ali, UBR Top Pick Announcement
What a delightful book!
— Onlinebookclub official review
Written for the new age where girls can look after themselves and help the hero rather than wait to be rescued by them.
— Anita Davison, author of The Royalist Rebel
Each chapter dangles a carrot in front of you, enticing you to continue reading.
— Amazon.com
“both enchanting and disturbing... I wouldn’t be surprised to see Olga on a list of children’s classics one day...”
— Lisa McCombs, Readers' Favorite, 5 star "Silver Seal"

Official Selection by New Apple Literary

A B.R.A.G. MEDAL HONOREE BOOK

by Ted Klsey

 

Magic weapons, white tigers, cat-faced moths and giants on motorcycles… OLGA is Ted Kelsey’s captivating first novel and features illustrations by the fine artist and illustrator, Dillon Samuelson.

When a mysterious figure is seen floating and dancing in the field near their house, Jack and Sally decide to investigate. This decision will lead them to an exciting place far beyond their imagination, the home of OLGA.

Nothing in the clouds is as it appears, and in order to get home safely, Jack and Sally must first learn whom to trust, and find a way to believe in themselves.

A story of spirit and imagination that the Online Book Club has described as “interwoven with comedy and deeper emotions of freedom and loneliness”, OLGA will delight readers of all ages.



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Shasha and Wally...


SHASHA AND WALLY VS. THE FAKER

ANOTHER NEW INDIE CLASSIC FOR KIDS BY THE AUTHOR OF OLGA

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Shasha and Wally...


SHASHA AND WALLY VS. THE FAKER

ANOTHER NEW INDIE CLASSIC FOR KIDS BY THE AUTHOR OF OLGA

Summer 2016 brings a new cover!

Summer 2016 brings a new cover!

shasha is a world famous detective though the world doesn't know it --Yet.

Her nervous brother wally notices things that other people don't

shasha wants to use his unusual brain to solve her first big case, the mystery of a missing girl.

Their search will put them in a race with their Grandad, who was an investigative reporter as a young man in Trinidad, and The Faker, a strange figue showing up around town asking questions of his own. 

Laugh out loud funny. Edge of your seat scary. Wally can sense the girl is in danger. Time is running out. But this mystery doesn't add up! The second novel by the award-winning author of the fantastic fairytale OLGA.

We’re giving Wally 5 stars for making us laugh out loud, bite our nails and squeal with fright.
— ThreeShowSaturday.com

Awarded the Gold Seal for Excellence in Independent Publishing from AIA

...a formidable and enterprising detecting team. Kelsey’s story is first-rate entertainment for readers of all ages,
— Jack Magnus, Reader's Favorite, 5 Stars
An unconventional, rollicking mystery that will make you laugh out loud!
— 4/4 Stars, OnlineBookClub

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About


(AmERICAN) Author + Family

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About


(AmERICAN) Author + Family

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Ted KElsey

Full name: Theodore Leigh Kelsey

Home: Peekskill, NY

Job: Teacher

When were you born?

Labor Day, 1977. Some years, they have a parade on my birthday. Now that I'm grown-up, I don't think the parade is for me anymore.

We were three siblings, and all of us have birthdays that fall on holidays. I'm Labor day. Some years, my sister is Easter. And my brother is Tax Day.

Where are you from?

I was born in Bethel, CT. It happens to be the proud hometown of P.T. Barnum, the famous circus founder. In school, we'd hear stories about Barnum, and I was fascinated by the one about his 'Cardiff Giant', the 10-foot body of a petrified man that Barnum claimed was a fossil, the remains of an ancient race of giants. In fact, it was a fake, a plaster statue he'd had made up. Stories like that probably inspired me to write OLGA, which has both giants and white statues, and my second book about a unscrupulous 'faker'.

Now I live in Peekskill, NY. This is a great town in the Hudson valley that I'm very proud to call my home. I think it is kind of a special city, and a lot of the places I write about, even fantastic places, are versions of things I see in Peekskill.

When do you write?

I work full-time in an international school. On writing days, I wake up at 5:00 AM and walk to the train station. Often I make this walk with my glasses off, letting everything look fuzzy. This half-hour walk is a part of the writing. If I am lucky, I start to think of phrases, or places, or scenarios. Then I get to the train station and start working. I usually write first drafts long-hand in a spiral bound 3 subject notebook, and I type up the later drafts on my laptop. I like to write on the train. I don't have any distractions and, because it's moving, I always feel like I'm getting somewhere. Occasionally though, I miss my stop.

Honestly, I don't know if I could write another way. 

OLGA was first written as a story to read to my daughter. Since then, she has heard it at least twice. She is the best listener and gives me editorial advice! She helped me find the confidence to publish it. That's why OLGA is dedicated to her.

Is OLGA your first book?

Olga is my first published book. I've always wanted to be a writer and I've written a few other books. I'm not sure they are very good though. That's what hard about being a writer. You can experience a lot of doubt. I think just about everybody knows that feeling.

Would you encourage other people to write?

I think all young people should read novels and write stories. It will be a terrible world when people stop loving books. To me, imagination is a kind of empathy. When you are empathetic, you imagine how another person feels. Exercising your imagination helps you grow in so many ways.

What about the illustrations in OLGA?

Dillon Samuelson is a incredibly talented illustrator. I am related to him by marriage and we met at a family gathering. He had recently graduated with a degree in Fine Art and was awarded a fellowship. So I asked him about some of interests and influences. I was amazed to hear him mention books and artists that he had read as a kid. They were figures that I loved, but who are not so well-known anymore, including Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth and Arthur Rackham. I think it was a couple of weeks later when I nervously sent him a letter with a draft of my story and a proposal for illustrations. I was honored when he agreed to work on 10 pictures and a cover.

 

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