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PublisherBarrington Stoke Ltd
Publication date29th January 2010
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The Lambton Curse
Part of the 'Reloaded' Series
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The Lovereading comment:
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. This is a terrific story by an author who really knows how to grab the reader’s attention and hold it. The story is based on a thrilling myth from the north east of England and is a great way to introduce readers to the world of myths and legends. The story is quite short and the words and throughout the book you’ll find some stunning graphic novel style illustrations – this style of book from the ‘reloaded’ series by Barrington Stoke has been incredibly popular in getting reluctant readers reading. This particular book is aimed at 9+ year olds but whose reading age might be a little less. That said, it can also be equally enjoyed by someone a little older who is looking for a really quick read. Readers might also enjoy The Night of the Kelpies and The Ghost of Shadow Vale.
SynopsisThe Lambton Curse by Malachy Doyle
Young Lambton’s used to getting his own way. If he wants to go fishing on a Sunday, then that’s what he’ll do, despite the old man’s warnings. But the creature he catches is evil, and threatens to curse him and his family for the rest of time. Will he manage to slay it and save the future generations of Lambtons? Thrilling myth from the north east of England.
Review of ‘The Lambton Curse’ by Books for Keeps [3 stars]
Malachy Doyle has taken one of the oldest dragon legends of these islands and breathed new life into it with his retelling of the curse and the slaying of the worm. Young Lambton unleashes worm and curse; knights die attempting to kill worm; young Lambton kills it. Hardly complex, lacks a labyrinth, no great mythological tension. As such, Malachy Doyle has pitched his retelling where it should be – the result is a short tale divided into chapters that will have appeal to older children with a taste for history and the legendary but who are less confident readers.
About The Author
Malachy Doyle was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland in 1954. His parents had recently moved up from Dublin and named him, their seventh child, after a local saint. They lived in Whitehead, a small town at the mouth of Belfast Lough all his childhood; his father still lives there. He went to secondary school (Saint Malachy’s College) in Belfast, and then to Bolton, Lancashire where he studied for a degree in Psychology. Malachy taught in Leeds for a year, followed by six months packing Polo Mints. He then worked for seven long years in advertising, firstly for Rowntree Mackintosh in York and later for general foods in Banbury, before buying a small holding in West Wales.
To feed his wife, Liz, their three young children, Naomi, Hannah and Liam (now teenagers), and numerous goats, pigs and chickens, Malachy took a job as a care assistant in a local Residential Special School. For the next seven years he darned socks, patched jeans and generally looked after the children there, before being offered the post of Deputy Head at another Special School. They moved to Machynlleth, a small town on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, and three years later he began to write for children. He now writes full time, apart from visiting schools or escaping into the mountains, and his books are available in eleven different languages.
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