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Evangeline, the Wish Keeper's Helper - Maggie Alderson

Evangeline, the Wish Keeper's Helper

By: Maggie Alderson, Claire Fletcher (Illustrator)

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Published: 28th September 2011
For Ages: 6 - 8 years old
Format: ePUB

Evangeline the toy elephant lies under the bed all day, waiting and waiting for something to happen.

If only she could be useful somewhere...

Will her wish be granted?

About The Author

Maggie Alderson was born in London, brought up in Staffordshire and educated at the University of St Andrews. She has worked on nine magazines - editing four of them, including British ELLE - and two newspapers. For many years she covered the international fashion shows.

She has published six bestselling novels and four collections of her columns from Good Weekend magazine. She co-edited two books of short stories in aid of the charity War Child and also, In Bed With, a collection of erotic short stories by well-known women writers.

She is married, and has one daughter and twelve pairs of Prada shoes.

'At last we've found her, the female Seinfeld. Warm, witty, wise and well-dressed, Alderson is the haute couture of humour.' - Kathy Lette

Evangeline, the Wish Keeper's Helper

One morning, when Evangeline was lying under the bed, as usual, wondering what to think about next, a broom suddenly appeared and swept her out onto the bedroom floor.

The next thing she knew she was thrown into a big black plastic bag with a jumble of other toys, books and old clothes. She lay there for a while, quite comfortable on what felt like a fluffy jumper, with her eyes open and her big elephant ears pricked to listen in case something else happened, but nothing did, so after a while Evangeline closed her eyes and zoned out.

It wasn't hard for her to do that, because nothing happening was what she was used to. It had been different once, but for what seemed a very long time, Evangeline had been lying around on her own with no one to talk to and nothing to do.

So to pass the time in the plastic bag, which was getting rather hot and stuffy and had a funny smell, she did what she used to do on the long lonely afternoons she spent lying under the bed. She blocked out where she really was and imagined she was back at her first day, when she'd been taken from under the Christmas tree and unwrapped by a little girl with a happy smile and big brown eyes.

Evangeline could remember it all so clearly. The girl had hugged the toy elephant to her chest and then named her after her father's favourite song, which happened to be playing at the time.

'Evangeline, Evangeline,' went the song, and the father had swept the little girl and the toy elephant up into his arms and waltzed them both round, singing along with the music. All the other people in the room had laughed and clapped.

After that exciting start, Evangeline had spent the afternoon sitting on a big armchair, with people stopping to admire her and pat her trunk and exclaim over her splendid ears. Every so often the little girl ran over to give her a cuddle and to pretend to feed her a chocolate. Later on, the Evangeline song had come on again and she'd been lifted up for another dance.

Then the little girl's father had said it was time for bed and Evangeline had been taken. upstairs to a cosy room, with pink walls and curtains with pictures of cats on them.

The little girl had sat up in bed with Evangeline in her lap while the father read them a story about another elephant.

'Look, Evangeline,' the girl had said, pointing at the pictures. 'His ears aren't nearly as lovely as yours, and he's the King.'

Then she'd hugged Evangeline tightly to her as she snuggled down to sleep.
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Maggie, in her own words -

I was born in London, brought up in Staffordshire and educated at the University of St Andrews.

I have edited four magazines: British ELLE and ES (I was Editor of the Year for that – get me) in London, then Cleo (acting editor) and Mode in Sydney. I also worked on the Evening Standard and the Sydney Morning Herald. Newspapers are my spiritual home. My column in Good Weekend magazine has been running for over ten years and has been collected into three books.

I have written five novels, and co-edited three books of short stories for the charity War Child. I have most recently co-edited an absolutely filthy book of rude stories, with my writer pals Kathy Lette, Jessica Adams and Imogen Edwards-Jones.

I currently live in Hastings Old Town on the south coast of England, with my husband and seven-year old daughter, but I move a lot. I have about 150 pairs of shoes and I am currently writing another novel.

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ISBN: 9780670075355
ISBN-10: 0670075353
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 10 years old
For Grades: 3 - 5
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 3rd October 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.7  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 20.6
Edition Number: 1