Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

A Mystery at Sea

Eleven-year-old Phillipa lives onboard a cruise ship. It's an interesting place to call home, and it gets even more interesting when she discovers some mysterious goings-on. Phillipa has always loved a good mystery--especially Agatha Christie--and now she gets to do some sleuthing of her own. Step onboard with Phillipa and her friend Philip, the captain's son, in these chapter book mysteries for children. With lively illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Mordecai Gerstein, this series is sure to charm middle-grade readers.

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Parrots & Pirates
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Parrots & Pirates

A Mystery at Sea (Volume 2)
by Elizabeth Levy, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Roaring Brook Press

It's been six months since their last adventure aboard the S.S. Excalibur and Philipa and her friend Philip (who happens to be the son of the ship's captain) are both excited to meet the ship's...

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Danger & Diamonds
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Danger & Diamonds

A Mystery at Sea (Volume 1)
by Elizabeth Levy, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Roaring Brook Press

Phillipa has always loved Agatha Christie mysteries, but it's not until the new captain's son and some interesting guests come aboard the cruise ship where she lives (and her parents work), that...

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About the author

Elizabeth Levy

Elizabeth Levy

I grew up in Buffalo, New York. I loved to daydream, and through my fantasies I learned a lot about good writing. I had a crush on Elvis, and I made up what he would say to me. When I became a writer as an adult, I could make my daydreams almost come true. I put Elvis in several of my books. Kids have sent me pictures of Fletcher as Elvis. Principals have even dressed as Elvis when I visited their school.  

I went to Brown University where I majored in history. After I graduated, I came to New York City and worked for ABC-TV and Radio, and then for Senator Robert Kennedy. My first book was written shortly after Senator Kennedy’s death. It was called The People Lobby. I wanted teenagers to know how exciting politics can be. After that, I began writing mysteries and novels. I have been writing and living in New York ever since. At certain times of the year, I can be found out at Shea Stadium watching, the New York Mets. And of course, I still daydream. Now I daydream that they will win the World Series again.

Mordicai Gerstein

Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children’s books from the library: “I looked at Rembrandt and Superman, Matisse and Bugs Bunny, and began to make my own pictures.” He attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and then got a job in an animated cartoon studio that sent him to New York, where he designed characters and thought up ideas for TV commercials. When a writer named Elizabeth Levy asked him to illustrate a humorous mystery story about two girls and a dog, his book career began, and soon he moved on to writing as well as illustrating. “I’m still surprised to be an author,” he says. “I wonder what I’ll write next?” Gerstein lives in Westhampton, Massachusetts.