“Some people think opening a book is a simple thing. It’s not. Most people don’t realise that you can get truly lost in a book. You can. Especially you”
The first in the thrilling new children’s series - the Worldquake sequence - from Scarlett Thomas, author of the bestselling adult novel The End of Mr Y. See the world come to life with a magical glow-in-the-dark cover
Effie’s world comes to life with a magical GLOW-IN-THE-DARK cover
‘Some people think opening a book is a simple thing. It’s not.
Most people don’t realise that you can get truly lost in a book. You can.
AFTER THE WORLDQUAKE, MAGIC IS SEEPING INTO OUR WORLD
Effie Truelove is a new pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange, with its twisted grey spires and an English teacher so frightening she gives the class nightmares.
When her beloved grandfather is brutally attacked, Effie promises to look after his magical books. But then shady book-collector Leonard Levar gets his hands on them and Effie has to embark on the most dangerous adventure of her life …
Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld, unlock the hidden meaning of an old book called Dragon’s Green, and brave the terrifying Diberi, a secret organisation with plans that could destroy the entire universe.
But Effie can’t face the Diberi alone. Can her new school-friends Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven combine their gifts and discover their true powers in time?
“The most exciting debut in children’s fiction since HARRY POTTER. Immersive, engaging, original; delightful in its details (a bun shop that serves as a portal to Otherworld; a library of Last Editions; a Princess School in which girls are trained to be appealing to dragons); playful, warm and yet thrilling, too”
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“An entrancing novel that stands on its prose … set in a dystopian future after a massive quake has annihilated modern technology … She is far too inventive a writer ever to let us feel we’ve been here before”
“This tale of magical education is a cracker … has its own distinctive style”
“Superb fantasy *****”
“Lively, inventive, phrase-making fantasy … revels in evocative spells, names and descriptions of quaint shops, fabulous food and delicious interiors … has something of J.K. Rowling’s capacity to delight”
Scarlett Thomas has always loved stories, magic and mysterious places. She tried (and failed) to write her first novel when she was six. Since then she has successfully written lots of novels, but this is her first one for children. She lives near the sea in an old house full of books, and is a professor in the English department of the University of Kent. Dragon’s Green is the first volume in the Worldquake Sequence.