Free Lance and the Field of Blood by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

Free Lance and the Field of Blood

Written by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

11+ readers   9+ readers   

The Lovereading4Kids comment

In a nutshell: adventure, double dealing, more adventure

Free Lance is very handy on the jousting field, and if you want exciting yet comic adventures, full of medieval types behaving badly, then this series is pretty well unbeatable too. In this episode Lance’s plans to win big at a tournament are upset when it emerges that the organisers, and some of the other competitors too, are thoroughly corrupt. Fortunately, Lance has brains to match his brawn and escapes with his integrity intact as well as the prize money. There’s a comic book feel in the speed and tone of the telling, text and illustrations working together brilliantly: accessible, intelligent and lots of fun. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+

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Free Lance and the Field of Blood by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

Free Lance has no master - be journeys from village to village and castle to castle, competing in tournaments and working for his keep. The latest tournament is a rotten mess of corruption, rigging and hi-jinks - can Free Lance survive to fight another day?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+

About the Author

Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

Paul Stewart was born in London. He is a graduate of Lancaster University and of the University of East Anglia's creative writing course. For several years he taught English as a foreign language in Sri Lanka. Returning to England, he continued teaching before becoming a full-time writer.

He is a highly regarded author of books for young readers - everything from picture books to football stories, fantasy and horror. His first book was published in 1988 and he has since worked for a number of publishers and had over fifty titles published.

Together with Chris Riddell, he is co-creator of the Far-Flung Adventures series, which includes Fergus Crane, Gold Smarties Prize Winner, Corby Flood and Hugo Pepper, both Silver Nestle Prize Winners and the Muddle Earth series.

They are of course also co-creators of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series, which has sold over two million books and is now available in over thirty languages.

Paul lives in Brighton with his wife and children.

Chris Riddell is an accomplished graphic artist whose distinctive line drawings, with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements are familiar to both children and adults.

He studied illustration at Brighton Polytechnic and has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including the Ottoline series, Pirate Diary by Richard Platt, and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver, which both won the Kate Greenaway Medal. Chris has also won the Costa Children’s Book Award 2013 for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.

In addition to his childrens book work, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist, whose work appears regularly in UK newspapers the Observer and the Guardian, as well as The Literary Review and The New Statesman.

Chris lives in Brighton with his wife and children.

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120 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

23rd August 2017




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