Dragon's Green Worldquake Book One by Scarlett Thomas
  

Dragon's Green Worldquake Book One

Written by Scarlett Thomas

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In a nutshell: ideas-rich fantasy adventure | ideal for book-loving youngsters |

Dragon’s Green is the kind of dazzling fantasy adventure that leads readers effortlessly back and forth between different worlds, throwing up mysteries and challenges for the protagonists at every turn. Scarlett Thomas is completely at ease with the format, holding the plot strands together with an elegant confidence and charm. Effie Truelove is at the centre of a magical mystery involving her family, a secret world and an unpredictable, highly dangerous enemy. In the course of the adventure she dines with a dragon, learns more about her own magical abilities, and makes some good friends. Her story is just the kind of thing that many young readers love and it makes for an excellent bedtime reading with more than enough to intrigue adults too. ~ Andrea Reece

This is a book to recommend to readers of Cornelia Funke.

Synopsis

Dragon's Green Worldquake Book One by Scarlett Thomas

The first in the thrilling new children's series - the Worldquake sequence - from Scarlett Thomas, author of the bestselling adult novel The End of Mr Y. See the world come to life with a magical glow-in-the-dark cover.

'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.'

AFTER THE WORLDQUAKE, MAGIC IS SEEPING INTO OUR WORLD.

Effie Truelove is a new pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange, with its twisted grey spires and an English teacher so frightening she gives the class nightmares. When her beloved grandfather is brutally attacked, Effie promises to look after his magical books. But then shady book-collector Leonard Levar gets his hands on them and Effie has to embark on the most dangerous adventure of her life ...Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld, unlock the hidden meaning of an old book called Dragon's Green, and brave the terrifying Diberi, a secret organisation with plans that could destroy the entire universe. But Effie can't face the Diberi alone. Can her new school-friends Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven combine their gifts and discover their true powers in time?

Reviews

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. JOANNE HARRIS

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 Daily Telegraph

This tale of magical education is a cracker . . . has its own distinctive style Guardian

Superb fantasy Sunday Telegraph

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 Sunday Times

Otherworldly . . . 'Getting lost in a book takes on new meaning Mail on Sunday

In this children's debut from adult fantasy writer Thomas, a young girl inherits a magical library and discovers you can - quite literally - become lost in a book . . . The first book in the Worldquake Sequence augurs well for what is to follow Sunday Post

Full of surprises . . . Spells. Wands. Portals. A child marked out for greatness . . . Effie and her friends, rugby-mad Wolf and swotty Max, are cooler and funnier than anyone at Hogwarts as they rush around trying to collect magical artefacts. In a plot turning on the theft of a library where the chief villain is a book dealer, the real magic, Thomas insists, lies in literature itself Financial Times

Deft and stylish . . . Packed with striking images . . . the exciting pace will make this a gleeful companion for many a young teen and upwards Literary Review

In vivid, inviting prose, Thomas deftly evokes an original, intriguing post-technological Earth looming with evil where books are magic and memorable misfits become heroes. A compelling new fantasy series with an unlikely heroine, quirky helpers, dragons, portals, witches, and wizards Kirkus

An enthralling tale, set in a sprawling world that swallowed me whole -- Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of THE GIRL OF INK & STARS

A magical adventure that fizzes and crackles with enchantment. I was absolutely bedazzled -- HILARY McKAY

Gorgeous and funny - and a lovely celebration of the magic of books! -- Helen Falconer, author of THE CHANGELING

PRAISE FOR OTHER BOOKS BY SCARLETT THOMAS:

Ingenious and original. . . A cracking good yarn fizzing with intelligence -- PHILIP PULLMAN

Entrancing . . . one of the sharpest fantasies I've encountered -- NEIL GAIMAN

About the Author

Scarlett Thomas

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.

Read a Q&A with Scarlett Thomas about her love of fantasy adventure books and her debut novel, Dragon's Green.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Author

Scarlett Thomas
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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Publication date

7th September 2017

ISBN

9781782117049

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