Four Indie Book Awards for “Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant”

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Recognition for a middle-grade novel full of intrigue and unexpected twists. Skateboarder Martin McMillan is on the case once again, solving the disappearance of the Ruby Elephant.

Author Elaine Russell’s middle-grade novel (ages 8-13), Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant, was chosen for four 2013 independent publisher book awards (juvenile fiction), competing with publications from small and university presses and other independent publishers:

Winner - Indie Reader Discovery Awards
Silver - Independent Publishers Book Awards
Finalist - ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards
Finalist - Indie Excellence Book Awards

In this fast-paced adventure, 13-year-old Martin and his friend Isabel hunt for the 15th century Ruby Elephant after it is stolen from the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History. The Thai statue is part of a mysterious ancient legend that holds the secret to a hidden treasure. The friends must decipher a complicated puzzle of clues based on Buddhist symbols and artifacts at archeological ruins, as they track down an international gang of thieves across Thailand and try to stay out of harm’s way.

“My travels in Thailand inspired me to write a story that weaves the rich cultural traditions and fascinating history of this beautiful country into a second Martin McMillan novel,” Russell says. “The series is intended as a fun read that appeals to both boys and girls, particularly reluctant readers.”


Elaine Russell writes fiction for children and adults and has won numerous awards. She graduated with a BA in History at University of California Davis, and a MA in Economics at California State University Sacramento. For more information, visit: (link for Martin McMillan books at bottom of home page).

by Elaine Russell, Illustrated by Jackie Pope
Date: August 2012 | Paperback; 216 pages; $8.60, Kindle $1.99
ISBN 978-1475149807; Create Space |

Available through local book stores and online outlets in print and Kindle
Contact Elaine Russell at: elaine(at)elainerussell(dot)info or (916) 425-6414

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