Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard

Written by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

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Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: cleverly written, brilliantly illustrated, thoroughly accessible adventure

Free Lance, the hero of this excellent trilogy, starts this adventure skint as a juggler’s monkey, so when a rich, if shifty, merchant offers him fifty gold coins to get him safely home, of course Lance says yes. You’d think he’d have learned by now to stop and think first. The adventure that follows sees him camping overnight on a haunted plain, scene of a deadly battle, fighting off assassins, and facing an enormous dragon. Will he get to ride off into the sunset for a happy ending? You’ll have to read it. The Free Lance books are perfect mini-sagas, tributes to the ancient stories, action-packed but with room for plenty of wit and Lance’s own brand of wisdom. Unmissable. ~ Andrea Reece

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Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

The final installment in the hilarious daring adventures of Free Lance the courageous mercenary knight, from the bestselling duo behind The Edge Chronicles, Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.

It should have been an easy job for Free Lance; protect the wealthy merchant and his jewels on a journey home, nothing out of the ordinary. But Free Lance ends up with a lot more than he bargained for when the villagers cry dragon. Can he save the beautiful damsel in distress and live to fight another day?

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

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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104 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th February 2018




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