Raphael’s Riddle Synopsis
If you find this riddle…reads the first line of the Supreeze poem Raphael’s grandmother, Oma, has puzzled over since she was Raphael’s age. Oma discovered the riddle, along with a pendant, many years ago hidden in an ancient text. Raphael knows the pendant is special, but is it magic?
Raphael cleverly solves the riddle and discovers the pendant and poem are indeed enchanted as she finds herself transported back to fourth-century Turkey. Here, she lands right in the middle of one of the five Greek legends attributed to Saint Nicholas ─ the legend in which he saves three girls from slavery.
But the legend isn’t going to plan. Now Raphael must decide if she will stay and help save the girls or return home. And as Raphael’s quest takes her deeper into her journey she discovers more than she expected. Just as she has taken the lead in solving the riddle to help the legend come true, her fate may also be to take the lead in the theatrical productions she so loves, forcing her to accept that acting isn’t her destiny after all.
Praise for Raphael’s Riddle…
Kelloway’s writing crackles with a magical energy. Characters are human and loveable and the weave of literature and history and fun looks effortless. But this is a feat and a feast. What a time travel!
– Sheree Fitch, children’s author
I really liked Raphael. She is clever, likeable and a well developed character. The riddle worked well for this time travel story. The setting in the past is well described, the characters colourful and real. I had a great weekend reading your novel!
– Martha Attema, children’s author
Raphael’s Riddle is an exciting adventure with just the right balance of plot, historical research, character development and just plain interesting scenes.
– Sandra McIntyre, former Managing Editor, Nimbus Publishing.
About the Author, Karen Kelloway
As a child, Karen Kelloway enjoyed writing quirky, rhyming poems. That talent later came in handy as she discovered that a riddle was a perfect way to take readers back in time to fourth century Turkey. Her first book, Raphael’s Riddle, introduces readers to the compelling and historical figures of Bishop Nicholas of Myra, Emperor Constantine, and his mother Lady Helena. Karen became so enthralled in their stories and this captivating time in history that she wrote a sequel, which could also be a stand-alone novel, called “Helena’s Scribe”.
Karen continues her love of blending historical facts with fantasy and has written another middle grade fiction manuscript, “Keepers of the Pact”. This one takes place closer to her home in Atlantic Canada and features 12-year-old Alistair Cook’s search for hidden pirate treasure in the mystical caves off Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador. Karen writes of the existence of a long-held pact between the Elders of a nearby reserve, select pact-keepers from town and the supernatural People of the Sea. That’s right—mer people. Even she was surprised!
In the grown up world, Karen is a Certified Executive Coach through Royal Roads University and holds a Bachelor of Public Relations through Mount Saint Vincent University. She writes career advice blogs and is the author of a popular book called NAIL IT! Six Steps to Transform Your Career. Karen is the winner of the Progress Women of Excellence award for Communications. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, Stephen, two children (Tristan and Gabrielle) and their fluffy black and white Havanese dog, Chewie.
A portion of her book sales goes to breakfast programs, helping to keep kids well nourished and ready to learn.