Cover image for The mystery at the coral reef / by Harper Paris ; illustrated by Marcos Calo.
The mystery at the coral reef / by Harper Paris ; illustrated by Marcos Calo.

First Little Simon paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little Simon, 2015.
Physical Description:
117 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
General Note:
Contains excerpts of the next Greetings from somewhere adventures.
With help from their cousin Harry, eight-year-old twins Ella and Ethan discover who is illegally taking coral from the reefs near their aunt and uncle's beach house on the shore of Australia's Coral Sea.
Audience/Reading Level:
Ages 5-9.
Added Author:


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1 Bob Harkins Branch PAR Paperback Junior 'I Can Read'
2 Bob Harkins Branch PAR Paperback Junior 'I Can Read'

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Ethan and Ella are on the trail of an Australian coral thief in the eighth book of Greetings from Somewhere, an exciting series about mystery, travel, and adventure.

Ethan and Ella are in Australia, home to beautiful beaches and some of the most famous coral reefs in the world--plus tons of cool fish and other underwater creatures! And not only that, Australia is home to Ethan and Ella's aunt, uncle, and cousin. The twins dive right into the water for some snorkeling at their cousin's beach house, and while they're exploring, they come across a watch that's still ticking. Whose is it? Then they hear reports of fishermen illegally taking coral from the reefs nearby. Could Ethan and Ella be on the trail of a coral thief?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Greetings from Somewhere chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Horn Book Review

Twins Ella and Ethan head with their travel-writer mom and homeschooling dad to Australia, where they visit their mom's sister and her family. While snorkeling at night in the Coral Sea, the twins and their cousin discover poachers stealing coral from a protected reef. Travel guidelike highlights add some flavor to the otherwise standard chapter-book mystery. Black-and-white illustrations are included. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



The Mystery at the Coral Reef



"That girl's going to fall off the bridge!" Ella Briar shouted.

Her twin brother, Ethan, looked up. The Sydney Harbor Bridge gleamed against the bright blue sky.


At the top of the massive bridge was a girl peering over the side. How did she get all the way up there?

And then Ethan saw that there were other people with her. Lots of other people.

"It's okay, kids. You can actually climb to the top of the bridge," their father, Andrew, explained.

"The view is supposed to be great!" their mother, Josephine, added.

"Wow!" Ella gazed out at the skyline of downtown Sydney and at the sailboats that dotted the harbor. The view from the top of the bridge probably was great. But she couldn't imagine being up that high. She'd had enough of high places after Machu Picchu!


Machu Picchu was an ancient Incan city in Peru that was thousands of feet in the air. The Briars had spent some time there before flying off to Australia. Australia was the seventh stop on their trip around the world. Mrs. Briar was a travel writer. She was writing about their adventures for their hometown newspaper, the Brookeston Times.


The twins were excited to be in Australia. It was beautiful and warm, plus everyone spoke English, which meant that it was easy to communicate. Best of all, they were driving up the coast tomorrow to visit their aunt Julia, their uncle Owen, and their cousin Harry.


"Who's hungry for some Balmain bugs?" Mr. Briar called out.

"Bugs?" Ethan and Ella gasped in horror.


Mr. Briar laughed. "They're not actually bugs. They're a kind of lobster. I thought we could check out a seafood restaurant for lunch."

"And after lunch, we'll go there." Mrs. Briar pointed to a white building that jutted out into the bay.

Ethan squinted. The building looked like a row of stegosaurus spikes. "What is it?"

"It's the Sydney Opera House. We'll do a backstage tour and then stay for the opera," replied Mrs. Briar.


"What about the aquarium?" asked Ella. "Hannah's family went there last summer. She said it was awesome!" Hannah was Ella's best friend back in Brookeston.

"I wish we could fit that in. But we won't have time today. And we're leaving Sydney first thing tomorrow morning," said Mrs. Briar.

Ella pouted. Ethan was disappointed, too. He had really wanted to experience some real live sea creatures while they were in Australia! Hopefully there would be another chance for that. Excerpted from The Mystery at the Coral Reef by Harper Paris All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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