Iron Hand by Charlie Fletcher

Iron Hand

Written by Charlie Fletcher
Part of the Stoneheart Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

More London statues come to life in the thrilling second title in this adventure series that began with Stoneheart. When George accidentally breaks a dragon statue he unleashes an ancient force and finds himself pursued by a vicious crew of bad statues who, along with taints and spits, inhabit un-London. In Ironhand, George finds himself even deeper into the dark world of un-London facing great danger as he rescues his friend Edie. A fantastical, original and fast-paced adventure that will have all fans of harry Potter and Pullman’s Dark Materials clamouring for more.

The Lovereading comment:

This is fantasy of the highest order and incredible to think this is only the author’s second novel. The first, we rated highly too, was Stoneheart. Ironhand is an epic - wonderfully imaginative and breathtakingly clever. It brings a whole new meaning to London life. I can see a film coming on so get there first and read both if you haven’t already.

If you enjoyed this then make sure you check out the final title in the trilogy, Silvertongue.


Iron Hand by Charlie Fletcher

"Edie," said George, "we're going to do this together. I'll be right there with you. Anything, anyone trying to get you is going to have to come past me first." But when George makes his promise he is not aware that high on the rooftops an unseen gargoyle is watching them hungrily, quivering with anticipation for the moment when it will unfold its stone wings and pounce. The thing on the roof knows that nothing is over; nothing is finished. Ironhand takes us deeper into the layers of un-London, the place where the good and the bad statues, the spits and the taints, walk and war. George and Edie must repay the debt which they owe the Gunner for his sacrifice. They must face unspeakable danger and doubt if they are to save him.


Action packed ... insightful The Sunday Times A stirringly good follow-up The Sunday Times An excellent, fast-paced novel Chicklish A very realistic, exciting adventure story Lancashire Book of the Year 2009 You won't be able to put this one down Flipside An epic excitement, not to be missed Publishing News Will shake you with its imaginative grasp and breathtaking vision. It is an epic excitement, not to be missed Family Magazine 'A stirringly good follow-up.

, fast-paced adventure. Publishing News A highly original page turner Daily Mail An epic adventure Guardian Brilliant - action explodes from every page. Andrew, 12 I give it 10 out of 10! Lily, 10

About the Author

Charlie Fletcher

Charlie began his career in the film business carrying cans of film round Soho and making very bad cups of tea on the principal that he'd then be asked to do something a bit more interesting, a strategy that he recommends to anyone starting out as a tea-boy. He progressed to the BBC where he worked in film editing on everything from Drama to Current Affairs. He then went to California where he morphed into a screenwriter, having been awarded a Warner Brothers Fellowship in Screenwriting at USC School of Cinema and TV.

He's written screenplays for Tri-Star, MGM, Paramount and Warner Bros among others. He continues to write for the movies, and also television.

Charlie also moved into other types of writing including magazine features, a computer game and as both a national Sunday newspaper columnist and restaurant reviewer. Finally he found the way to combine all those writing strands and produced some rattling-good children's books!

The Stoneheart trilogy has been a massive international hit and Charlie has recently sold the movie rights of Stoneheart to Paramount. He has also been asked to write the screenplay himself, which just shows you should never make plans, since he actually wrote the books to get away from Hollywood for a bit...

Charlie met and married his wife, a fellow Scot, in LA. They have two children, whom Charlie calls his first, most important, and toughest audience. They've all now returned from California and live in Edinburgh with a terrier called Archie.

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448 pages


Charlie Fletcher
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Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

1st May 2008




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