New Children’s Book Teaches Value of Honesty, Friendship

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Helen Olsen’s “Curse of the Putrid Pit” uses adventure to explore risk, consequences

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Honorable values need to be reinforced as we see more and more moral decay in our world today.

In her children’s bookCurse of the Putrid Pit” (published by Trafford Publishing), author Helen Olsen, with the help of illustrator Sherry Meidell, weaves a fanciful tale of childhood adventure.

“Curse of the Putrid Pit” is the story of two children: one a storytelling girl who braves a goblin’s cave to find the stolen Light of Truth and save her town from a wicked curse, and the other a city boy on his first hair-raising scout trip into the wilderness. Each story is woven together with suspense, humor, inspiration, and most of all the lesson of learning to be honest at any price.

An excerpt from “Curse of the Putrid Pit”:

“Wild Bill paused, scratched his whiskers, and stroked his string of claws again. ‘When Fannie was a girl, she was forced to wear an enchanted necklace made of a mineral like this rock—a necklace more terrifying than you boys can imagine.’
I didn’t speak, but I was dying to find out more about the dangerous pit, and the girl with a terrifying necklace.
The other scouts studied Wild Bill’s every move—even Brick who claimed he didn’t like stories seemed curious.
Wild Bill scanned our faces. ‘But wait boys,’ he continued. ‘I’m getting ahead of myself. Good stories begin at the beginning. And this one begins with light-stealing goblins.’”

Olsen believes “Curse of the Putrid Pit” serves a valuable lesson. “Honorable values need to be reinforced as we see more and more moral decay in our world today.”

About the Author
Helen Olsen is a published author, artist and teacher. She graduated magna cum laude in 2008 and holds a degree in social science composite teaching, as well as a special education endorsement from Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah. She enjoys geography, history, amateur radio, learning guitar and trying to master the Chinese strategy game, Go. She holds an orange belt in shorin-ru karate and likes to bike ride.

Olsen is an accomplished artist and has exhibited her unique dye-transfer watercolors in Washington and California. She is currently writing and illustrating a children’s picture book called, “My Granny Has a Polka Dot Nose.”

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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