A collection of five interlinked stories (from an award-winning documentary film-maker) that take us from Ghana to Orkney, and from Spain to Norway and Thailand. As a minor character from one story assumes a major role in the next, we meet a fascinating cast, including Imoro the magic elephant, the Walrus Prince, and the Wild Princesses of Rousay.
Containing both chapter title and full page illustrations by the author.
A dreamy charmer of a book The New York Times
A dramatic and emotional story about one girl’s determination to stand by her beloved animals – and her refusal to give up, even in the face of impossible odds.
Second book in new fantasy adventure trilogy, perfect for readers aged 9+ and fans of Philip Pullman, Piers Torday, Katherine Rundell and Frances Hardinge.
A Five Realms title… The bard must leave Thornbury. It is not safe for him to stay. Rue, his new apprentice, travels with him – keen to learn his trade – and hear the next installment in the legend of Podkin One-Ear…
It’s a dream come true – Kenzie has been invited to a big international gaming tournament on a sun-soaked island. But then unreality ratchets up with disturbing scenes involving other contestants, soldiers and frantic chases through the hotel. Worst of all, Kenzie seems to be losing his senses one by one – and he has no idea whether the dangers he faces are real or the game. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+
Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon – the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki – and the price he wants is very high.
The author writes, “When I came across the story of the boys marooned on Star an Armin in 1727, it tantalised me with its lack of detail. A party of fowlers went out to harvest gannets, feathers and eggs, and no boat came to take them home again. What did they suppose had happened? What explanation crossed their minds? How did they cope? I thought I knew where I wanted to take the story, but a usual the joy came in finding out as I went along. The novel is more guesswork than history…”
Growing up in vibrant, crowded Nairobi, Makena has only one dream: to climb Mount Kenya like her hero, her mountain guide father. But when her beautiful world is shattered, she finds that in the city’s dark places there are a thousand ways to fall, each more deadly than any crevasse. Is the fox she glimpses a friend or foe? Who is Snow and does she dare trust her? And will they outwit the Reaper? After a fresh start in the Scottish Highlands turns bad, Makena flees to the mountains she’s always thought of as friends. But will they betray her or be the making of her?
Destined to be a Christmas classic.