The Book of Beasts by John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

The Book of Beasts

Written by John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman
Part of the Hollow Earth Series

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The final book in the Hollow Earth children's fantasy trilogy by actor John Barrowman and his sister Carole, starring Matt and Em Calder, twins divided by time who with the power of animare, people who can animate and bring their art to life but there are evil beings set on taking the power of animare for their own gain. Set predominatly in Scotland and the isles to the west of Glasgow it is down to 12 year olds Matt and Em to close Hollow Earth, a supernatural place before the monsters and demons from the past can escape and destroy the world.

The trilogy.....

Hollow Earth

The Bone Quill

The Book of Beasts

There's also a great interactive website where you can meet the characters, download your own mythical beasts and find out more about the paintings -


The Book of Beasts by John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

'It won't be long now. Death will come soon enough...' Twelve-year-old twins Matt and Emily Calder may be divided by time, but they are united in their mission to close Hollow Earth before the monsters inside can destroy the world. The key to success lies with their dazzling Animare talents: they can draw things into life and travel in time through art. But there are monsters outside Hollow Earth as well, intent on taking control of the beasts for themselves. And their own father is the worst monster of all...Even when you travel in time, time has a habit of running out.


'Fast-paced adventure and characters so realistic they could jump out of the pages.'

. 'Twists and turns, exciting storyline, excellent characterisation, what more can you ask?

. 'Captivating fantasy adventure. Sunday Express

About the Author

John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

John Barrowman is an actor, a recording artist, a presenter and Carole’s wee brother. He’s best known for playing Captain Jack in the television series Doctor Who and Torchwood and the Dark Archer in Arrow.

Carole E. Barrowman is an English professor and the Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and she’s John’s big sister. Carole and John love art of all kinds and wish they could draw as well as Matt and Em. They have collaborated on six books together.

The Book of Beasts is the third in their Hollow Earth trilogy.

Click here to download a Q&A with John and Carole.

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336 pages


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Publication date

3rd July 2014




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