The Lost Celt


2016 Gold Medal Winner for Children's Chapter Books from The Military Writers Society of America

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Top 100 Notable Book: Shelf Unbound Magazine Best in Independent Publishing Competition, 2018


Awarded First Place for Middle Grade Fiction and Charity/Making a Difference Categories: Purple Dragonfly Awards, 2018


  Gosling Press  ,   ISBN: 9781937463540,       Cover illustration: Albert Nguyen

Gosling PressISBN: 9781937463540,

 Cover illustration: Albert Nguyen

“THE LOST CELT is the best kind of children’s adventure story, full of taut suspense, riveting action, and, most importantly, humor and heart. Not to be missed.” Katherine Applegate, Author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVANWinner of the 2013 Newbery Medal

"In The Lost Celt by A. E. Conran, history, Celtic myth, returning war vets with PTSD, issues of bullying, and family values are all rolled into one great book for middle-grade readers. Conran handles all the themes with compassion and humor, weaving a tale of intrigue, adventure, and danger, which is sure to please her target audience, their parents, and military families everywhere."   Betsy Beard, Military Writers Society of America, 2016

"A deftly crafted entertainment from beginning to end that will have special appeal to children ages 8 to 12, and in grades 2-7, "The Lost Celt" is very highly recommended for both school and community library General Fiction collections for young readers.Midwest Book Review, March 2016

"#Friday Reads - The Lost Celt - @ConranAE Admit it, we all would like to try time-travel at least once. Reading this comes pretty close!" Wendy Mass, author of Graceful, 13 Gifts, 11 Birthdays, Pi in the Sky, The Candymakers, May 2016

"Why we like this book: page turner that keeps your interest from cover to cover; lots of twists and turns; story draws you in so deeply that you simply cannot put the book down; book will appeal to both boys and girls.", Excellence in Education, Reading Corner, August 2016

Primed by their love of video war games pitching Romans against Celts, fourth graders Mikey and Kyler are convinced that they've seen a real live Celtic warrior transported to the present as part of a secret defense project. If they track him down, they're sure to reveal the secrets of time-travel once and for all, and write the best Veteran's Day report in the history of Veterans Day reports. Instead they discover a different secret: the invisible effects of war on veterans of all generations and their families and the transcendent power of friendship.

The Lost Celt is available signed from Goosebottom Books and Book Passage, Corte Madera and San Francisco, and unsigned from the other links at the bottom of the page.

Please click on the video if you would like to hear Amanda reading Chapter 14 of The Lost Celt at the Why There are Words Reading Series in Sausalito on April 14th, 2016.