“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 and magical Worldquake Sequence from Scarlett Thomas, author of the bestselling adult novel The End of Mr Y. Featuring special powers, magical books and a secret world!
IF YOU HAD SECRET MAGICAL POWERS, HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
After the Worldquake, Effie knows about magic - time in her grandfather’s library has made sure of that. But there’s still much she has to learn. About the Otherworld. And about the Diberi, a secret organisation with plans to destroy the entire universe.
Effie and her school-friends are the only ones who can stop them … and time is running out.
“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.