Return to the Lost World (Luke Challenger Book 1) by Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

Return to the Lost World (Luke Challenger Book 1)

Written by Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

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A roller coaster adventure that will grab readers from the dramatic dare devil opening and hold them gripped throughout. Luke is only fourteen but he has an adult sized thirst for invention and exploration. Something about his reputation proceeds him as he discovers when he enters the glider he has built for the free-distance flight competition and finds himself almost killed. Why do the Sons of Destiny want to destroy young Luke and his equally intrepid mother Harriet who is busy tracking dinosaurs who have miraculously survived hidden in the depths of the Brazilian jungle? Following the strands of these exciting, interwoven stories is thrilling.

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An action-packed heart-pounding thriller and historical adventure for 9+ year olds that takes its inspiration from Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic, The Lost World. The legacy of George Challenger’s discovery of the dinosaur inhabited lost world has made his grandson Luke the target of a lethal group of assassins, who are determined to exploit this world for their own ends. Luke must find his kidnapped mother and overcome their enemies, but his life and the survival of the world hang in the balance.


Return to the Lost World (Luke Challenger Book 1) by Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

This is an action-packed historical adventure set in the 1930s. Luke Challenger is caught up in a world of espionage, secret societies and the discovery of surviving dinosaurs! Jurassic Park meets Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Alex Rider. Luke Challenger is no ordinary boy. He's the grandson of George Challenger, the explorer famous for finding 'The Lost World' where dinosaurs still live. So when his mother is kidnapped, by a mysterious group bent on exploiting the Lost World to further their own ends, Luke must step up to the challenge and prove himself worthy of the Challenger name. Can Luke find his mother and defeat the terrifying band of assassins? His life and the survival of the world hang in the balance...Conan Doyle's The Lost World is revisited in this thrilling new action-adventure novel, the first in a fantastic new series.

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About the Author

Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

Steve Barlow is not Steve Barlow's real name. His real name is Steve Lowe, but he couldn't be Steve Lowe because playwright Stephen Lowe is already Steve Lowe, though his real name is Stephen Wright, but he couldn't be Wright because Steven Wright was already Steven Wright, so Stephen Wright had to change his name to Stephen Lowe; so Steve Lowe couldn't be Steve Lowe because Stephen Wright was already Stephen Lowe because Steven Wright was Steven Wright so Steve Lowe changed his name to Steve Barlow, all on account of Stephen Wright. Right?

Steve Barlow was born in Britain (in Crewe, in the county of Cheshire). He went to Brierley Street School, which was like Bash Street only not as sophisticated, then to Crewe County Grammar School for Boys (and what kind of school feels the need, in its name, to remind its pupils what gender they are? Hmmm?). He went on to study at Warwick University and Nottingham University, and worked at various times as a teacher, actor, stage manager and puppeteer. Then he went to teach in Botswana, where a valid excuse for students not handing in their homework was 'A goat ate it, sir!'. On his return to the UK he met Steve Skidmore, and the rest is hysteria.

Steve Barlow lives in Somerset with his wife Cathy, daughter Amy and son Robbie. He likes walking, sailing, reading, listening to music and shouting at politicians on the telly.

Steve Skidmore is shorter than Steve Barlow and less hairy. He was born in Birstall near Leicester in England. After managing to pass some exams at school, he went on to Nottingham University to supposedly read English, but spent most of his time playing sport and doing a variety of summer jobs including counting pastry pie lids (yes, really).

He trained as a teacher of Drama, English and Film studies, before teaming up with Steve Barlow to become a full time author.

He lives in Leicester and is a great rugby fan (he supports Leicester Tigers - "Come on you Tiiiiigeeeers!")

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336 pages
Interest Age: 9+


Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

30th August 2010




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