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Joanne Owen - Author

Joanne Owen was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and read Social and Political Sciences with Archaeology and Anthropology at St John's College, Cambridge. Now living in North London, Joanne has published two previous Young Adult novels. Steeped in the atmosphere of nineteenth century Prague, Puppet Master blends the magic of marionette theatre with Czech folklore and legends. Described by The Guardian as 'timeless', Puppet Master was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Branford Boase award and has been translated into several languages.

Her second novel, The Alchemist and the Angels is a fantastical, historical epic set in sixteenth century Prague, among the plague-ridden ghettos and decadent court of mad Emperor Rudolf. It was described by School Librarian as 'An imaginative tour de force'.

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Martha Mayhem Goes Nuts!
Joanne Owen
In a nutshell: funny, magical story teeming with energy and invention The adventures of Martha Mayhem – a fabulous mix of humour, magic and uproar – will charm newly confident readers and are perfect for reading aloud. The cast of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Martha Mayhem and the Witch from the Ditch
Joanne Owen - illustrated by Tony Ross
A deliciously, wonderful read that highlights how courage, team work and a little bit of sparkle can help you overcome any difficulties. One day one her way to school Martha unwittingly releases a ghoul trapped inside a gate and meets...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedCircus of the Unseen
Joanne Owen
November 2014 Book of the Month Excitingly different and weirdly wonderful, this feels as though evocative tastes of Grimm's Fairy Tales and Eastern European folklore have been vividly...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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The Alchemist and the Angel
Joanne Owen
From the author of Puppet Master, an enthralling tale of mystery, magic and alchemy Set against the vivid backdrop of 16th century Prague and the equally breathtaking Vienna, a magical, historical adventure from a talented author.
Lovereading Price: £0.00 Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/1970
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Puppet Master
Joanne Owen
This beautifully crafted debut novel, set at the turn of the twentieth century is rich in the tradition of circus, theatre and magic. Skilfully woven into the chilling tale of a charismatic puppet master, a missing heiress and a very...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2009
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Puppet Master
Joanne Owen
An intriguing and atmospheric mystery revolving around the magical puppets in a theatre in Old Prague. Milena loves everything about the theatre. Her father was an outstanding puppet maker and she has grown up with the magic of these special...
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Format: Hardback | Released 29/05/2008
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