Beyond The Hedge by Mairi Craw
  

Beyond The Hedge

Written by Mairi Craw

9+ readers   Debuts of the Month   
Download an extract Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

As its title implies this is the story of two worlds; you could say a 21st century Alice in Wonderland. Original, pacy, laced with humour and full of magical realism, it features a parallel fantasy world where 11 year old Sandy goes after seeing her beloved cat disappear into at the end of her overgrown garden. Full of delightful, engaging and beautifully crafted characters who all have a great deal of attitude and memorable personalities, it’s a novel that will surprise you and devour you by turns. Beautifully written with elegant prose and unusually for a book that has appeal to adult and child alike, interspersed with some stunning line illustrations that will delight. It’s all the more surprising too that it is a debut novel. So dive into this enchanting and magical world right now by reading the extract here at Lovereading and decide for yourself whether you want to buy it.

We appreciate this is an expensive book by comparison to some of the other recommendations on the site (this is because the book has been produced by a small publisher jointly with the author), so we have gained clearance from the author to offer you a longer extract than the one we have on the site currently. Just email us at customer_service@lovereading.co.uk and we will forward a longer extract of the book. We're sure you and your children will be completely hooked as a result.

Win a Family Break to Salisbury!

Don’t miss out! Enter to win a family break to Salisbury!

Here at Lovereading.co.uk and Lovereading4kids.co.uk we are delighted to be giving you a chance to win a wonderful family break. You could see yourself indulging in the finest food and slumbering comfortably into one of the grand rooms at The Red Lion Salisbury for two nights. The Red Lion Hotel is located in medieval city of Salisbury, which is home to all your favourite stores as well as independent shops, restaurants, cafes and parks and green spaces. Nearby is Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain and numerous sites of historic and archaeological interest.

There are many seasonal events in Salisbury, and you can find out what’s on here. You will also receive a family ticket to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, the gardens are especially beautiful in the winter, with bold coloured stems, scents, and fabulous foliage, you can be sure to be impressed. For the children there is also a play park, and you can stop off in the Victorian tea room to warm up and treat yourself to a traditional cream tea.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. Entries close 31st January 2018.

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

Red Lion: Two night stay includes breakfast for two adults and up to two children sharing a family room. Subject to availability and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value. Not to be used in combination with any other offer. Valid until 1st Dec 2018 and excludes bank holidays.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens: Valid for day entry, Not to be used for special events or group entry. Voucher is not transferable or refundable, no Cash Value. Ticket must be redeemed on entry. Valid until 31 Dec 2018. Gardens open daily from 10am – closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Prize admits 2 adults and accompanying children Under 17 FREE to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.


Enter prize draw Draw closes: 31/01/2018

Synopsis

Beyond The Hedge by Mairi Craw

Eleven-year-old Sandy Henderson lives a carefree life with her family in a quiet port on Scotland"s south-west coast, unaware that the parallel world of Sylvania lies beyond a huge hedge at the bottom of their overgrown garden. When her beloved cat, Leo, tumbles headlong into this enchanted land, while they're exploring unfamiliar territory, Sandy undertakes a dangerous journey to bring him home again. In the company of Jock, a handsome, swaggering crow, and the Hendersons' haughty Siamese cat, Jamie, Sandy encounters a host of colourful characters along the way, all of whom have the power of speech, including Pongo, the hairiest dog imaginable, master of quips and 'one-liners', Lorimer, an outrageous lobster who lives by the motto 'Dress to Thrill!', and self-serving 'Captain' Pestilence Grimshaw who joins forces with Maligna the Harpie, the monstrous entity whose sole preoccupation is the destruction of everything Sylvanians hold dear. Sandy quickly discovers that Scottish fairy folk are witty, resourceful and tenacious, even when faced with evil on an unprecedented scale. Will she be in time to save Leo? And will Sandy and her companions ever see Scotland again?

About the Author

Mairi Craw

Mairi Craw graduated with an MA in English Literature and History of Fine Art from Glasgow University. She worked for the BBC World Service before starting her own publicity and design business. Mairi lives with her family and a host of animals in rural Dorset in the south of England. She is also a member of the West Country Writers' Association. Beyond the Hedge is the first of a series of novels inspired by her childhood in Scotland.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info

Format

Paperback

Author

Mairi Craw
More books by Mairi Craw

Author's Website

www.mairicraw.com/

Publisher

Authorhouse

Publication date

28th October 2005

ISBN

9781420885767

Categories


We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

Writing reviews help the children with their literacy skills and we always read the books together which gives us good quality family time!

Cat Bisland (on behalf of the Bi

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

It’s really exciting to read and review new books, thrilling to see my reviews online and I love finding the final published copies on sale.

Sam Harper – age 10

We love Lovereading as my 5 year old loves to read new books before anyone else has a chance, she says it makes reading exciting!

Tracey Chorley

I love ‘LoveReading 4 kids’ because they let you read and learn things you’d never dreamed of learning before.

Emily Horncastle – age 11

It’s so easy to find the right book for your child. Such an easy-to-use, yet in-depth website. 100% reliable.

Pippa, Jack, Liam & Matthew Wils

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques
Lovereading

Lovereading 4 schools
****