Hollow Earth by John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

Hollow Earth

Written by John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

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Hollow Earth is the first in a fantasy adventure series from bestselling brother and sister team, John and Carole E. Barrowman. Twins, Matt and Emily Calder, have extraordinary powers - they are Animare which means they can bring art to life. But the villains, who are trying to access Hollow Earth and release the evil creatures trapped there, want these powers too. Will the twins be able to protect themselves...and Hollow Earth? A page-turning supernatural thriller with an educational side, with well researched detail into real paintings by famous artists represented in galleries found across the UK.

The trilogy.....

Hollow Earth

The Bone Quill

The Book of Beasts

There's also a great interactive website where you can meet the characters, download your own mythical beasts and find out more about the paintings - www.hollow-earth.co.uk


Hollow Earth by John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

Lots of twins have a special connection - being able to finish each other's sentences; sensing what the other is thinking; perhaps even knowing when the other is in trouble or in pain - but for 12-year-old twins, Matt and Emily Calder, the connection is beyond special. Together, the twins have extraordinary powers. They are able to bring art to life, or enter paintings at will. Their abilities are sought by villains trying to access the terrors of Hollow Earth - a place where all the demons, devils and creatures ever imagined lie trapped for eternity.

The twins flee with their mother to the security of an island, off the west coast of Scotland, where their grandfather has certain protective powers of his own. But too much is at stake, and the twins aren't safe there either. The villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within...


a fine piece of storytelling Choice Magazine

a captivating children's fantasy adventure S Magazine, The Sunday Express

a pacy adventure Book Witch

nail-biting, exciting read Woman's Way

The central conceit - that certain people, known as Animare, are able to bring to life any picture they draw - is interesting and explored well, and the main characters, Matt and Emily Calder and their hearing-impaired friend Zach, are appealing and given convincing dialogue. The plot, meanwhile, sees sinister forces aligning to exploit the children's powers to open up a netherworld full of demons and there's a good use of lesser-known beasts from myth and fable. Financial Times

an exciting page-turner...awash with devils and demons, set against an atmospheric backdrop Scottish Sunday Post

a superbly exciting story Newbury Weekly News

a world that is sure to capture children's imaginations The Ulster Star

a fascinating premise for a story... The potential is huge and there is plenty of scope for more gripping adventures Parents in Touch

a sincerely, skillfully written adventure story with an old-school feel and page-turning energy Doctor Who News

fantastically mysterious... Books which transcend age like Hollow Earth are rare - we highly recommend it! www.thebookclub.co.uk

Hollow Earth isn't just any book. It may be the Next Big Thing in young adult literature Popmatters.com

a brilliant read... keeps the reader on edge and hungry for the next page Millport.com

About the Author

John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

John Barrowman is an actor, a recording artist, a presenter and Carole’s wee brother. He’s best known for playing Captain Jack in the television series Doctor Who and Torchwood and the Dark Archer in Arrow.

Carole E. Barrowman is an English professor and the Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and she’s John’s big sister. Carole and John love art of all kinds and wish they could draw as well as Matt and Em. They have collaborated on six books together.

The Book of Beasts is the third in their Hollow Earth trilogy.

Click here to download a Q&A with John and Carole.

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336 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Buster Books an imprint of Michael O'Mara Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd February 2012




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