Life is complicated for the Broderick kids.
They've just moved to a new neighborhood. Their parents are having problems.
Mom is always busy with work, Dad is always busy on his computer.
Half the time, it seems like they forget they even have children.
The kids are having problems too.
Twelve-year-old Katie doesn't like having to take care of little brother Sam.
Katie's twin Kevin is only interested in sports, and is mad at Mom and Dad.
Eight-year-old Sam can't stand being bossed around by Katie.
The rest of the family thinks Dad's sister, Aunt Ellie, is weird.
But when the kids discover a secret room in Aunt Ellie's basement, and a glowing silver
doorway that leads to another world, the realize how weird their aunt really is.
Other kids sometimes come through that door.
Kids from a world where magic is real, and so are gnomes, elves, goblins, and dragons.
They come through the door looking for help from a good sorceress.
Instead, they get Katie, Kevin and Sam.
January, 2008 --
Silver Doorway #6: The Alchemist's Girl, is now available!
May, 2005 -- Silver Doorway #5: Orcs
Ahoy!, is now available!
July, 2004 -- Silver Doorway #4: Dragon
on the Loose, is now available!
February, 2004 -- Silver Doorway #3: An
Elf's Adventure, is now available!
October, 2003 -- Silver Doorway #2, Dwarves
in the Dark, is now available! Discover what your dwarven birthstone
and metal are, on the Activities page.
June, 2003 -- Silver Doorway #1, A Gnome
Away From Home, is now available! Check out the special extra online
activity, "Dame Coinpenny's Cookbook," on the Activities
June 13, 2003 -- Silver Doorway #1,
A Gnome Away From Home, is now at the printer!
February 2008 -- RadCon, Pasco WA
Silver Doorway #1
A Gnome Away From Home
Marky of Gnome Keep is
lost and alone. He can't find Pip,
his puppy. He can't find his way
out of the woods. To make
matters worse, some giant owls
have just decided to have him for
When Dad doesn't show up
to get them after Kevin's game,
the Broderick kids decide to
walk to Aunt Ellie's house. She
isn't at home, so they use the
A sneeze leads them down
to the basement, where they
follow a little gnome back
through the door ...
Silver Doorway #2
Dwarves in the Dark
Stone Hammerfine and Sam
Broderick might be from
different worlds, one of them a
dwarven boy and one of them a
human boy, but they have
something in common. Mean,
To show Garnet and Katie
that they are old enough to take
care of themselves, Stone and
Sam end up deep in a forbidden
Where they go from being
caught in the web of a huge and
hungry spider to being on the
run from a scary bunch of axe-
carrying dwarven robbers ...
Silver Doorway #3
An Elf's Adventure
Talaitha Elladyr only wants
to do what her heart knows is
best. A magical elven artifact
can make her parents love each
other again, and keep them from
getting a divorce. She must go
on a quest to find the Chalice of
Kevin thinks Talaitha is the
most beautiful girl he's ever
seen. Even if she is way too old
for him. She needs a swordsman,
and after one lesson from Cal,
Aunt Ellie's boyfriend, Kevin is
And if the cup can work on
Talaitha's parents, maybe ...
Silver Doorway #4
Dragoon on the Loose
the dragon thinks that she is going to have a peaceful day. Her
treasure and her precious egg are safe in her mountaintop cave. She
is looking forward to relaxing with her gold ... until enemies
invade her lair.
the cat thinks that he is going to have a peaceful day. His owner is
away on a trip and he has the house to himself. Everything is nice
and quiet ... until a dragon egg hatches in the basement!
Broderick thinks that she is going to have a peaceful day. Her
brothers are over at a friend's house playing video games. She is
spending a pleasant afternoon reading ... until she gets a phone
call from Aunt Ellie's cat.
Ellie gone, Chester knows that there are only three people he can
turn to for help. Three other people who know the secret of the
silver doorway, and the magical world on the other side. There is no
time to waste! A baby dragon is on the loose in Luna Park!
catching the baby turns out to be just the start of the problems for
Katie, Kevin, and Sam. They have to take the baby home to its
mother, but where is its mother?
Silver Doorway #5
Sam Broderick's life just keeps getting worse and
worse. His dad moved out. His mom might have a boyfriend. The
housekeeper doesn't make any of his favorite food. His big brother
and sister are as bossy as ever. And to top it all off, he has to
spend his weekends cleaning out a junky old trailer.
Sam is about to discover that he doesn't have it
as bad as he thinks.
Druush, a young orc from the seafaring island
empire of Gerosh, has had to flee his home to avoid being killed by
the mighty warrior who wants to marry his mother. His only chance of
survival is to convince the emperor to spare him.
And so, armed with a bowling ball, a bunch of
Hawaiian shirts and a box of ugly ties, the Brodericks set off
through the Silver Doorway on their greatest adventure yet!
Silver Doorway #6
After all of their adventures, keeping the secret
of the Silver Doorway has been difficult. But it becomes impossible
when hostile wizards from the other side send their magic against
Aunt Ellie and Chester.
Katie, Kevin and Sam must find help on both sides
of the Doorway in order to rescue their Aunt, but can they do it in
Twelve-year-old Katie is
small and skinny for her
age, with bright red hair
and freckles. She and
Kevin are twins, with a
birthday in July. Katie is
a good student who
likes to read and draw.
She sometimes feels like
her parents are picking
on her when they leave
her in charge of Sam.
Twelve-year-old Kevin is
tall, strong, and athletic.
He has dark brown hair
and enjoys all kinds of
outdoor activities. He
collects trading cards
and plays ball for the
Luna Park Lions. Most
of the girls in his class
think he's cute, but
Kevin is more interested
in sports than girls.
Eight-year-old Sam is
blond and blue-eyed
and sometimes gets into
trouble by not stopping
to think about what he's
doing. He likes
cartoons, toy dinosaurs,
video games, fun and
cookies. What he
doesn't like is his sister
Katie always thinking
she can tell him what to
Ellie Silver is Dad's
younger sister. She is
tall, with dark red hair
and grey-green eyes.
Ellie lives with her cat
Chester in a small
cottage with a garden.
She likes to bake and
make crafts, and the
rest of the family thinks
she's strange. Even
before they see what's
in her basement.
Steve Broderick has
dark hair and eyes like
Kevin. He works from
home as a computer
programmer and game
sometimes gets so
caught up in what he's
doing that he forgets
what else is going on.
Jillian Broderick is
blonde and blue-eyed
like Sam, and very
proud of her job as a
executive. She makes
lots of money, but is
often called away to
business meetings and
has to work late.
Mom's twin brother,
also blond, Uncle
Dennis is a professional
player for a minor
league team. He is
away from home a lot
during baseball season.
He has a wife and a
baby boy who live in a
Chester is Aunt Ellie's
cat. He has short white
fur, big blue eyes, and
wears a silvery collar
with a bell. Sam has
been scared of Chester
ever since he got
scratched on the nose.
Chester is a cat with a
lives in a nursing home.
She and her husband,
Steve and Ellie's
parents, used to live in
Jeffrey is Mom's
The kids think Jeffrey
likes their mom a little
Cal rides a motorcycle,
wears an earring and a
leather jacket, and has a
tattoo. He's Aunt Ellie's
Kevin's best friend at
Luna Park Elementary
is a boy named Toby.
They like to buy and
trade collectible cards.
||The Silver Doorway leads to a fantasy world in which magic and magical creatures are real. This world, which has two moons -- one silver and one black -- and different constellations, is home to many kinds of people. Some are human, who live in an age of kings, castles, knights, and wizards. The others include gnomes, dwarves, elves, orcs, goblins, and dragons.
Gnomes -- short and agile, clever with their hands, the gnomes are friendly and cheerful. They raise giant mice on mouse ranches, and train dogs to pull carts or carry riders. They live in a city carved out of a large flat-topped mountain, called Gnome Keep. Many gnomes travel and live in other countries.
Dwarves -- taller than the gnomes but still shorter than humans, the dwarves live in a subterranean land called Underearth. They mine metal and jewels from the earth, and build many types of weapons and machines. Their caves are often shared by a variety of bugs, which provide tasty food for the dwarves.
Elves -- very tall, graceful, and beautiful, the elves can live for hundreds of years and have powerful magic spells. They love art, fine food, wine, music and dance. Their main home is the Emerin, a forest kingdom, though other groups of elves live in faraway lands.
Orcs -- very strong, very fierce, and in most cases very ugly, the orcs do not get along well with their neighbors. Or even with each other. They have greenish skin, piggish noses, and big tusks rising from their lower jaws. Orcs will gladly fight with, and eat, anything they can.
Goblins -- distant cousins of the orcs, goblin-kind are smaller, weaker, and sneakier. They are green and monkeylike, and are said to steal children and turn them into more goblins.
Dragons -- once highly intelligent with cities of their own, the dragons have become a wild and
sometimes hunted race. Some are still able to speak and use magic, while others are savage and love only killing and gathering treasure.
The Northlands is the name of a human kingdom ruled by the Highlord. Its main city is Thanis, where the Highlord as well as the greatest of the human
wizard -- the Archmage Talus Yor -- live. Montennor is one of the few dwarven settlements that welcomes visitors. Perras Peliani is the capitol of the Emerin. Hramad, an island nation, is ruled by human wizards who hate the elves.
Older readers wishing to learn more about this world and its inhabitants may enjoy the
MageLore and ElfLore books, two trilogies of fantasy novels by
the same author.
||C. M. Morgan grew up in the
high desert country of California's Mojave Desert. From the time she was a
little kid, she enjoyed making up stories and would spend hours playing
them out with her collections of toy animals and dolls. She discovered a
new kind of story-telling play in 1981, when she was introduced to
role-playing games. That hobby has stayed with her ever since.
Eager for some trees and water in her life, she attended college at
Humboldt State University in the extreme northern part of the state. She
graduated in 1990 with a degree in Psychology. While she had always
planned to be a writer, she found learning about motivation and behavior
to be more interesting than majoring in literature. Later that year, she
moved to Seattle, WA.
In 1992, she got married to a wonderful man named Tim, and in 1994
they were delighted to welcome their baby daughter, Rebecca. The three of
them moved to a bigger house in a town north of Seattle, where they
currently live with their three cats -- Schroedinger, Darth, and Ichabod
-- and two mice called Squeak and Jumper.
Besides reading, writing, and gaming, C. M. enjoys cooking, arts and
crafts, action movies, British comedy shows, robotic combat, and traveling
to conventions. She writes many kinds of stories for readers of all ages.