Spring 2024

Ellie and the Marriage List

From the Series One Extra Sparkle

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Ellie is ready to have the best summer ever.

She’s especially excited to draw under her favorite tree and hang out with her big brother, Ben. But all Ben seems to care about is impressing the new lip-glossy neighbor, Sara. And all Sara seems to care about is turning Ellie’s brother into a Hawaii husband!

Luckily, Ellie’s best friend, Ling, has the marriage list—a top-secret tool to track the lovebirds and stop a wedding before it starts. But nothing goes to plan, and while trying to rescue Ben, Ellie ends up putting the weeping willow in her garden in danger. Faced with losing everything she loves most, can Ellie find a way to win back her brother and save her beloved tree?

An utterly charming story about a lovable 10-year-old with Down syndrome whose extra sparkle never fails to shine bright.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Category Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 224
Publication Date 2024-05-07
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV077000, JUV019000, JUV039150
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5 x 7.75
Guided Reading Level O
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Tricia Seabolt

Tricia Seabolt is a Special Education tutor who has worked in the field of occupational therapy and owns a business teaching English as a second language. She has tutored students with Down syndrome and volunteered with literacy programs for children. She lives in Michigan.

Illustrator: Lucy Rogers

Lucy Rogers is an award-winning deaf illustrator. She wants to help inspire deaf kids reading her books to be proud of who they are and has led illustration workshops for young deaf people at the NDCS and at the Deaf Academy.

Meet the Publisher: Lantana Publishing

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Publishers Weekly

“Characters with varying disabilities . . . are sensitively and organically portrayed by educator Seabolt in this wholesome slice-of-life debut.”—Publishers Weekly


“Ellie is well developed, and her cognitive, speech, and physical challenges are seamlessly integrated into the narrative. There’s a happy ending for this relatable, spunky protagonist.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Artistic, mischievous, and empathetic, Ellie is delightfully nuanced . . . . A warm tale of family and friendship.”—Kirkus Reviews