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New. Ebook of THE
Fantasy. The Valley of the Unicorn is in danger.
Young Fydyha goes to her evil cousin as a spy, but is bitten by
his lizard.Can Skentyl save her and the Valley before she kills
ROCK , Scripture Union.
A boy in danger in a Cornish mine has a life-changing meeting with
John Wesley. **
- ISBN 978 0 7459 6072 2)
High Sorcerer's Daughter Sarba has reason to hate the Xerappans,
after what they did to her mother. She is sent on a mission into
Xerappo, where the young sorcerer Tekran calls her certainties into
question. Soon they are both fleeing for their lives across the
desert, with the Sorcerer Guard and their dragons in pursuit.
In the darkness there were two men talking in low, urgent voices.
As Sarba came back to herself, fragments of memory coalesced,
along with the atoms of her body. She scrambled to her feet to
join Colonel Jentiz and Tekran.
The colonel turned
to her apologetically. 'I'm sorry, my dear. I didn't realize you'd
never transported before.'
to her,' said Tekran. 'This is life or death. And it'll still
be death if we stay in this orchard.'
behind her, up the hill. Through the dark branches of the lemon
trees, she glimpsed the bright perimeter lights of the Colony.
They were not far away.
'I'm sorry I
couldn't get us further from the Fence. It took enough effort,
as it was, transporting three of us this far. But we need to be
clear of the trees before I bring the camels. Let's move!' Jentiz's
voice was swift and decisive. Here was a man accustomed to command.
It helped a little to steady the racing fear in Sarba's heart,
but not much.
She had broken
her vows as a Ring-Holder. She had betrayed her mission. She was
outside the Fence.
Topical and relevant. Fay Sampson explores modern themes in a fantastic
adventure story which will suit young and mid-teens. Gateway Monthly
She has the gift of making you
live through every scene. I don't know how she does it, but I hope she
goes on doing it for a very long time to come. Diana
(Lion - ISBN 0
7459 4985 1)
country has been conquered, and he is eager
the freedom fighters. The only trouble is, he's fallen
in love with a girl from the other side. When he gets
a chance to kill the High Sorcerer, he faces a terrible choice. Soon they
are both fleeing for their lives.
for a moment pride flared through Novan. None of the Yadu would
have dared to make this walk into the compound, not even Balgo
with his sorcerer's rod. The leopards would have attacked them
without hesitation. The magic of a sorcerer's rod could stun or
kill them, but it could not tame them.
ebbed away. It was not him the leopards were afraid of. He could
do nothing alone.
within their semicircle and felt in his own nerves the shudder
he saw run through them.
compelling and well-paced story has powerful resonances with modern
times as people under colossal pressure confront agonising decisions
as a result of struggling to understand and do what is right. Gateway.
A gripping, suspenseful
tale of love, adventure and magic. Carousel.
A gripping fantasy.
from Lion or Amazon.co.uk
(Lion - ISBN 0 7459 4670 4)
imaginary creatures seemed real. The plot was exciting.
County Library; Children's Book of the Year Reviews.
Fantasy adventure. Britain is under the grip of a sinister regime. Berlewen
is summoned to serve THEM. Instead, she, Honesty and the faithful four-footed
Enkenethal set out to join the rebels. To reach the island, they must
confront the terror lurking under the marsh. They are guided only by a
song, which tells of a Prince in hiding. But does he exist? And will he
be the sort of leader they are expecting?
Magical... This is a beautiful
book which will entrance 12 to 14-year-olds. It is extremely well written;
the plot moves forward briskly; the characters are developed skilfully
and believably; wise and wholesome principles are introduced and promoted
with subtlety and sensitivity. A stylish novel which has a very great
deal to offer and which can be recommended... unreservedly, as a novel
of quality. School Library Association.
Berlewen went ice cold.
The men were on either side of her, looking down, laughing, too
'Oh, no, madam. We wouldn't dare
touch you. Not unless you were very naughty.
No. There's plans higher up for you. THEY want you.... Now!'
Acclaimed Celtic fantasy, featuring the cat, the bloodthirsty princess and
|The Pangur Bán Stories
|Breathless, tumbling fantasy
a wildly joyful
| Outstanding value
|Church of England Newspaper
The White Cat
(Lion - new edition ISBN: 0-7459-4763-8)
Enmity sweeps Pangur, Finnglas and Niall into dangers underwater. Who
will save them when their own efforts fail?
Finnglas of the Horses
(Lion - new edition ISBN: 0-7459-4761-1)
Finnglas's quest to find her lost horse leads to danger none of them dreamed
of. They fall under the power of the Rhymester and his shape-shifting
Finnglas and the Stones of Choosing
(Lion - new edition. ISBN: 0-7459-4760-3)
Finnglas is heir to the Summer Land. But first she must pass seven tests.
If she fails, she will die.
The Serpent of Senergad
(Lion - ISBN: 0-7459-1520-5)
A princess, a potter and a goose-girl are prisoners in the caves of the
loathsome Worm. How can Pangur, Finnglas and their friends save them?
The White Horse is Running
(Lion - ISBN: 0-7459-1915-4)
Finnglas's rivals loose the sacred White Colt. The result is war. As the
friends race to stop it, Finnglas and Niall are captured. What will happen
to Pangur when he catches up with the Colt?
Shape-Shifter: The Naming of Pangur Bán
(Lion - new edition. ISBN: 0-74594762-X)
The prequel. A white kitten is caught under the witches' half-made spell.
He is a danger to everyone who tries to help him. Rashly, Niall sets out
/ Pangur Bán: the White Cat
(Lion - ISBN: 0-7459-3757-8)
|Other Books for older children and teenagers
A Free Man on Sunday
(Hardback: Gollancz - ISBN: 0-575-04114-5)
(Paperback: Harper-Collins Lions - ISBN: 0-00-673501-0)
Edie and Denis join the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout.
Dramatic and vivid story
|Children's Books of the Year
(Dobson - ISBN: 0-234-72299-1)
A teenage rock band fall foul of the police.
The Chains of Sleep
(Dobson - ISBN: 0-234-72250-9)
Fantasy on the Scilly Isles, as Sarah and Lew wake an old power.
|Whoever reads this haunting little novel is likely to read
The Hungry Snow
(Dobson - ISBN: 0-234-72262-2)
Dartmoor is in the grip of blizzards and girl babies are mysteriously
dying. Can Marie save her newborn sister?
|A racy and compelling narrative
strong in characterisation
and vivid incident.
The Watch on Patterick Fell .
(Dobson - ISBN: 0-234-72077-8)
Winner of the Spanish Barco de Vapor Award
Near-future thriller, as protests grow around the nuclear processing plant.
|Taut and dramatic.
|Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Landfall on Innis Michael
(Dobson - ISBN: 0-234-72201-0)
Near-future thriller. Roger and Elspeth move to an island guarding nuclear
waste. But the former inhabitants have other ideas.
|Plenty of adults are likely to be reaching for
tale around an unusual idea.
|Express and Echo
|Books for younger children
The Dancing Horse
(John Hunt - ISBN: 1-903019-78-8)
The Obby-Oss dances through the village on May Day. But when a French warship
attacks, he may be the only one who can save them.
The Christmas Blizzard
(Lion - ISBN: 0-7459-2214-7)
A Christmas visit to grandparents goes wrong when the family car gets
stuck in a blizzard.
(Hardback: Gollancz - ISBN: 0-575-03914-0)
(Paperback: Puffin - ISBN: 0-14-032485-2)
Josh's attempt to make a big cat's footprint sets off a massive hunt.
Chris and the Dragon
(Hardback: Gollancz - ISBN: 0-575-03661-3)
(Paperback: Puffin - ISBN: 0-14-032121-7)
Chris gets a star part in the Nativity play, until it all goes wrong.
and the Wreckers
(Hardback: Hamish Hamilton - ISBN: 0-241-11368-7)
(Paperback: Marshall-Pickering - ISBN: 0-7208-0734-4)
It's a stormy night, and Jenny's father hasn't come home. Can she light
the lamp in the lighthouse alone?
The Empty House
(Dobson - ISBN: 0-234-72195-2)
Thinking about school makes Rachel feel sick. But the abandoned kitten
next door is even more scared.
Half a Welcome
(Dobson - ISBN: 0-234-72031-X)
Kevin and Jane don't think much of their adopted baby brother - until
he gets kidnapped.
(Hamish Hamilton - ISBN: 0-241-89236-8)
Britain is evacuated. David and Carolyn become refugees in the African
Making Fantasy Come True
Being a writer is the most fun job you can have. There are all sorts of
things I wanted to do as a child, but never had the chance to. Researching
for a book gives me a wonderful excuse to catch up on them.
When I was a child, I loved
books about pirates and the Swallows and Amazons series. But even
though I lived in a fishing village, I could only dream of learning to
sail. In Pangur Bán the characters are swept out to sea
in a small boat. So now was my chance. I took myself off to a sailing
school on the west coast of Scotland - and managed to capsize the boat
on the first day.
Finnglas is mad about horses,
so that sent me learning to ride on a Dartmoor farm. But in Finnglas
and the Stones of Choosing, one of her trials involves driving a chariot.
bit of a problem there. The farm rose to the occasion and offered
me a day driving horses. I spent a wonderful morning walking behind a
horse, harrowing a field. In the afternoon I was put in a light surrey.
Not quite a wicker chariot, but the next best thing. In front of me was
an obstacle course. I was supposed to drive my horse at a fast trot in
and out of the poles, like a slalom race.
You never know what an experience
feels like until you try it. I hadn't realised how slowly boats capsize.
You have passed the point when it is inevitable, but still the water creeps
coldly up your body. With driving a horse, I imagined you would have to
haul on the reins, left or right. To my astonishment, you simply wind
the reins round your hand and turn your wrist a little, clockwise or anticlockwise.
And if it's well-schooled, this huge animal, many times stronger than
you, goes exactly where you want it to. I only clipped a couple of poles.
Some of the Celtic ships I write
about are made of leather, stretched over timbers. Tim Severin made one
and sailed it across the Atlantic, following the voyage of Saint Brendan.
I saw it afterwards, at Exeter Quay. Until I did, I never guessed what
a leather boat, made waterproof with sheep's fat, smells like.
I love rummaging in books for
information, but there's some research where you just need to get out
and do it.
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