The Secret Railway and the Crystal Caves by Wendy Meddour

The Secret Railway and the Crystal Caves

Written by Wendy Meddour
Illustrated by Sam Usher

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In 3: adventure – a secret world – steam trains The follow up to The Secret Railway has arrived right on time! After their adventures in the magical kingdom of Izzambard, sister and brother Ella and Leo are desperate to return and readers will be delighted to climb on board the Izzambard Express and go with them. This time they need to get the Fairy Dust mines reopened to fuel the magic the kingdom needs. It’s another sparkling, fast-moving story full of quirky characters, such as the engine stokers, noble waist-coated squirrels Lord and Lady Asquith! Sam Usher’s lively black and white illustrations have something of Quentin Blake about them and catch all the fun and magic. ~ Andrea Reece


The Secret Railway and the Crystal Caves by Wendy Meddour

Full steam ahead for a MAGICAL adventure! When a magnificent steam train puffs into their lives, brother and sister Leo and Ella find themselves on an incredible journey to save the Kingdom of Izzambard. Evil Griselda has sent her mechanical moles to shut down the Crystal Caves, and fairy dust production is at an all-time low. Will Leo and Ella be able to help the hobgoblins re-open the caves, and bring magic back to the kingdom? What on earth is a mechanical mole? Hop on board to find out! Enid Blyton brought bang up to date!

Packed with humour, quirky illustrations, and striking typography, you won't be able to resist getting on board with The Secret Railway!

Read the first in the series, The Secret Railway!


'I really, really enjoyed this story about a brother and sister who discover a secret railway next to their new house.' Bookwitch

About the Author

Wendy Meddour

Wendy spent many years teaching English at Oxford University before taking a break from academia to concentrate on her writing.

Wendy has previously written and illustrated two books: The Black Cat Detectives and A Hen in the Wardrobe, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Branford Boase Award. It also won the Islamic Foundation’s International Writing Competition and the John C Lawrence Award 2010 - a national award given to a writer whose work is considered to improve relations between races.

She finds that with a farm in North Africa, a ‘wobbly old house’ in Wiltshire where she writes and paints, her four young children and a Berber husband, she’s never short on inspiration. She is also the author of the bestselling Wendy Quill books.

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160 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th July 2016




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