The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin

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The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin
by Elinor Teele

John Coggin is no ordinary boy. He is dreaming up inventions that nobody has ever seen before, ideas that just might change the world, or at least make life a little bit better for him and his little sister, Page. But that’s only when he can sneak a break from his loathsome job–building coffins for the family business under the beady gaze of his cruel Great-Aunt Beauregard.  Having lost their parents when Page was a baby, how else are they supposed to survive?

Perhaps by taking an enormous risk–a risk that arrives in the form of a red-haired scamp named Boz.  When Great-Aunt Beauregard informs John that she’s going to make him a permanent partner in Coggin Family Coffins–and train Page to be an undertaker–John and Page sign on with Boz and hit the road.  Before long, they’ve fallen in with a host of colorful characters, all of whom, like John and Page, are in search of a place they can call home.  But home, they realize, isn’t something you find so much as something you fight for, and John soon realizes that he and Page are in for the fight of their lives.

Elinor Teele’s picaresque debut is a rollicking tale filled with wild adventures, daring escapes, and–thanks to Boz–more than a little catastrophe.

About the Author: Elinor Teele

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Author Elinor Teele

Elinor Teele is an author and plalywright who graduated with a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2005. She lives with her family in New England. You can visit her online at

Jacket art and interior illustrations by Ben Whitehouse.

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A sly, side-splitting hoot from start to finish.

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