Secret of the Stones by Tony Bradman

Secret of the Stones

Written by Tony Bradman

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In a nutshell: vivid, thrilling Bronze Age adventure

This gripping historical adventure opens in dramatic fashion at Stone Henge: young Maglos and his father the High Priest are preparing for the important mid-summer sacrifice when Maglos’s uncle strikes down his brother on the sacred altar. Narrowly escaping the same fate, Maglos must leave his home and travel the land with two strangers. Treated with kindness, he finds a new family in them and learns the secret of smelting copper then bronze before finally returning to avenge his father’s murder. It’s as much a story of friends and companionship and a celebration of the skill, resilience and humanity of our ancient ancestors as it is a story or revenge. Tony Bradman brings the Bronze Age and its people vividly to life, and Maglos is an intriguing and appealing central character. Andrea Reece

Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8

Set in 2,300 BC, this stunning tale from historical specialist Tony Bradman weaves together fact and fiction in a gripping adventure covering the coming of the Bronze Age.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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Secret of the Stones by Tony Bradman

Maglos and his High Priest father control the access to the sacred site of Stonehenge where the worlds of the living and the dead meet twice a year. But times are, and when Maglos' father dies in suspicious circumstances, his uncle makes Maglos his slave. Soon after two strangers arrive from distant lands. They teach Maglos the secrets of of a new, strong metal which will soon be all important - the secret of the stones. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

About the Author

Tony Bradman

Tony Bradman was born in 1954 (not during the Jurassic era, as his children have been known to claim). He went to school in London, and then Cambridge University. After university he worked in the music press, then became Deputy Editor of Parents magazine, and began reviewing children’s books. He had his first book for children published in 1985 and became a full-time author in 1987.

Tony loves films and popular culture. He lives in Beckenham, Kent with his wife Sally and their three children Emma, Helen and Thomas and Rufus the cat.


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72 pages
Interest Age: From 13 to 15 years


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Publication date

15th October 2017




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