Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge

Gullstruck Island

Written by Frances Hardinge

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A hugely imaginative and inventive fantasy, Gullstruck Island is the wonderful creation of a whole new world in which some of the strangest things happen. Arilou is a Lost, a special child who has the ability to mind-fly with the winds. It’s a valuable but dangerous asset and Arilou hides a dangerous secret. Can she and her sister keep the secret and also keep themselves safe from their trackers on the island where volcanoes quarrel? ~ Julia Eccleshare

If you enjoyed this then why not read Hardinge's debut novel Fly By Night.


Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge

On Gullstruck Island the volcanoes quarrel, beetles sing danger and occasionally a Lost is born. In the village of the Hollow Beasts live two sisters. Arilou is a Lost - a child with the power to depart her body and mind-fly with the winds - and Hathin is her helper. They hide a dangerous secret. Until sinister events threaten to uncover it.

About the Author

Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, a few years later a persistent friend finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly By Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. She has since written many highly acclaimed children's novels including, Fly By Night's sequel, Twilight Robbery, as well as the Carnegie shortlisted Cuckoo Song and the Costa Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree.

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4th June 2010




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