There are a limited number of copies of Raphael’s Riddle remaining.
Raphael’s Riddle is a middle grade fiction time travel that combines adventure, history, and mythology, making for an educational but exciting story for middle grade readers.
Shortly after publication, Raphael’s Riddle was chosen as the grade five small group instruction book read for all Nova Scotia schools. Copies were distributed to every grade five classroom in Nova Scotia as well as their libraries.
Karen & Raphael’s dilemma
Raphael’s Riddle was published in 2010 to great applause. Unfortunately the publisher, for various reasons, has gone out of business. Karen is in the process of seeking a new publisher to take Raphael’s story to a larger audience. Karen bought back the remaining books from the print run and has been using them as a fundraiser for school food programs.
To learn more about how Raphael’s Riddle has helped feed kids success, read our People of the Community profile here.
I love how I’m almost the same age as Raphael and I feel like I’m there when I’m reading it and I love trying to figure out the riddle. It’s easy to imagine the places because the words are so descriptive. I love the story line and all the characters, especially Red the Riddler!”
-13 year old student , Valley Read program
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.