Ellen Schwartz was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in New Jersey. She moved to Canada in 1972. She has written several books for children, including Avalanche Dance and Stealing Home. Ellen Schwartz and her husband, Bill, live in Burnaby, BC, and have two grown daughters - one of whom is a professional chef.
"...The Case of the Missing Deed is fast-paced, and full of
cryptic clues, secret codes, and red herrings.... Schwartz
beautifully captures the agony, ecstasy, and exquisite
self-centredness of a 13-year-old girl on a family vacation....
The Case of the Missing Deed is a great summer read for kids
who love a good, meaty mystery as much as they love a delicious
--Quill & Quire
"For pre-teens who enjoy decoding secret messages while solving a mystery and doing some cooking on the side, The Case of the Missing Deed... fits all requirements."
-The Winnipeg Free Press
"A treasure hunt, a family get-together, a beloved cottage
threatened by an evil mining consortium -The Case of the Missing
Deed has them all! ... Schwartz has found a real recipe for
success in this series."
--Highly Recommended, CM Magazine
"A delightful mystery for children ten and up... Schwartz mixes tricky codes, ciphers with facts and interesting characters... The theme of environmental protection is well explained and the clues to the mystery are ingeniously sprinkled throughout a packet of recipes... Good dialogue, well-differentiated characters and a wholesome setting complete this old-fashioned mystery."
-- John Spray Mystery Award, Jury Comments