The Fourth Horseman by Kate Thompson

The Fourth Horseman

Written by Kate Thompson

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Richly plotted and thrilling from start to finish, The Fourth Horseman weaves together a contemporary story which includes the threat of terrorism, the responsibilities of scientific research and cricket with the with an ancient curse from the Bible that predicts the end of the world. How do they all link together?

Laura unravels the connections after her dramatic arrest blows the lid on her father’s secret enterprise.


The Fourth Horseman by Kate Thompson

The first time Laurie and her dad see the white rider, watching them from the deep, cool shadows of the trees, he is alone. Laurie is convinced that his appearance has a meaning that somehow he is trying to tell them something - something her dad needs to pay attention to. Is the rider somehow linked to the genetic research into squirrels that Laurie is helping her dad with in the lab? When a second rider with a bloody sword appears alongside the first, and then a third and a fourth, Laurie knows she must try to understand who they are and what they represent. With the help of her brother and his best friend, she discovers what the riders mean, but will it be too late to stop the inevitable chain of events that has been set in motion?

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Such is the force of Thompson's writing that readers find themselves dragged along in her wake ... powerful stuff, well worth reading TES The science and symbolism move towards a crescendo against a backdrop of conflict between Western imperialism and opposing fundamentalism. Secrecy by government adds an extra sharp and topical edge -- Lesley Agnew The Bookseller Excellent new story from the winner of last year's Whitbread and Guardian prizes -- Becky Stradwick Publishing News A different kind of fantasy ... Gripping -- Stephanie Merritt Observer It's pacy and powerful - a great read for our perilous times. It reminded me of Alan Garner and Madeleine L'Engle - and certainly an elegant addition to their genre Siobhan Dowd

About the Author

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson is one of the most exciting authors writing for young people today for she is a born storyteller, is highly original and thought-provoking in her ideas. She has travelled widely in the USA and India and studied law in London. After living in County Clare, she moved to Kinvara in County Galway and there, three years ago, she discovered her passion for playing the fiddle. She is now an accomplished player and also has a great interest in restoring instruments. Kate Thompson has won the Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Book of the Year award three times – in 2002 for The Beguilers, in 2003 for The Alchemist’s Apprentice and in 2004 for Annan Water. The New Policeman won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Book Award Children’s category in 2005.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

7th June 2007




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