Early Reader Chapter Book: Ellis and The Magic Mirror

24 Jul
Ellis and The Magic Mirror

by Cerece Rennie Murphy (Author)  and  Gregory Garay (Illustrator)

Ellis Monroe has always been curious about the world. When his father brings home an ancient mirror with the power to reveal the truth about the people and things around him, Ellis begins to see the world in a whole new way. But things get more than a little strange/even more interesting when Ellis brings the mirror to school. While on the playground with the mirror and his best friend Toro, Ellis discovers that someone or something is hiding out at Harriet Tubman Elementary and trying to stop children from learning.

Determined to solve the mystery, Ellis, Toro, and his little sister, Freddye go on a secret mission to find out the truth about the mischievous Buddy Cruster and stop whatever he has planned. Join Ellis, Freddye and Toro as their quest leads them deep into the forest and on an adventure you will never forget.

Message from Cerece Rennie Murphy

Hello! My name is Cerece Rennie Murphy and I am the author of the upcoming early reader chapter book, titled Ellis and The Magic Mirror.   It is my pleasure to introduce this book to you and your organization.

Ellis and The Magic Mirror is about a young boy who finds a magic mirror and discovers that there is a secret society of trolls hiding out at his school that is trying to prevent children from learning.  The book takes readers on an action-packed adventure as Ellis, his best friend, Toro, and his little sister, Freddye head deep into the forest to solve the mystery of the mischievous trolls.  The story of Ellis and The Magic Mirror is laced with themes that emphasize character building, the unique qualities that reside within every child and the value of learning, family and friendship.  

With full color illustrations integrated throughout this five-chapter story, Ellis and The Magic Mirror was written and designed to facilitate an easier transition from storybook to chapter book for young readers (ages 6-10 years old).  By combining the vibrant images that storybook readers are accustomed to with a more challenging narrative, Ellis and the Magic Mirror strives to encourage early readers to dive into more complex stories, without sacrificing beautiful imagery.

As a mother of a 7 year old boy and a 4 year old girl,  I think this book would be a good fit for your organization because a) it’s unique in the world of early reader chapter books that typically leave vibrant illustrations at the front cover, b) it fills a growing need that I am seeing among parents and teachers for books that capture the attention of reluctant readers, (especially boys) while still moving their reading abilities forward, and c) it offers a diverse group of main characters who are doing cool things in a world that is modern and full of possibilities. 

For your convenience, I have included a book summary and a picture of the cover with this email.  Ellis and The Magic Mirror will be released in hardcover and paperback on August 18, 2015.  Review copies are available in paperback and electronic format.
Would you like to read Ellis and The Magic Mirror to a little person who is near and dear to your heart?
Preview the book Ellis and The Magic Mirror, click here.   This is truly a special moment for me, as a writer and a Mom.  To learn more about the story click here.
I thank you in advance for your time and hope that you will consider sharing Ellis and The Magic Mirror with your network.  I hope to hear from you soon.


Cerece Rennie Murphy,  Author

You can also pre-order your copy on Amazon here:

Ellis and The Magic Mirror will be released on August 11, 2015
by Cerece Rennie Murphy (Author) and Gregory Garay (Illustrator)
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About the Author

Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with science fiction at the age of seven, watching “Empire Strikes Back” at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C., with her sister and mom. It’s a love affair that has grown ever since. As an ardent fan of John Donne, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut and Alexander Pope from an early age, Cerece began exploring her own creative writing through poetry.

She earned her master’s degrees in social work and international relations at Boston College and Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies, respectively, and built a rewarding 15-year career in program development, management and fundraising in the community and international development arenas – all while appreciating the stories of human connection told in science fiction through works like Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed,” Frank Herbert’s “Dune” and “The X-Files.” In 2011, Cerece experienced her own supernatural event – a vision of her first science fiction story. Shortly after, she began developing and writing what would become the “Order of the Seers” trilogy.

Cerece lives just outside of her hometown of Washington, D.C., with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda.


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