The Monster in the Maze by Lucy Coats


The Monster in the Maze by Lucy Coats

Atticus the Storyteller is still on the path to Troy and his destination - the Storytelling Festival - but he has a long way to go. But luckily, everywhere he goes and everyone he meets inspires a story that will entertain Melissa, his beloved donkey, his new friends and Atticus himself. In this collection, among others, he tells the stories of: Apollo and Daphne, Theseus and the Minotaur (one of the most popular Greek myths of all time), web-spinning Arachne and Midas, with his legendary golden touch.


The simple, descriptive, and engaging narratives include snappy dialogue and are combined with full-color cartoon illustrations to bring the gods to life. - School Library Journal

About the Author

Lucy Coats

Lucy Coats: "My first proper job was as an editor in children’s book publishing, so I know what the world of books is like from both an editor’s and a writer’s perspective. While I was doing that I won a poetry competition, and then I submitted a poem for an anthology which was being commissioned by my boss. I used a pseudonym, and keeping my mouth shut while all the other editors were discussing whether it was any good or not is nearly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. A Woobit Song got chosen on merit, and was the first thing I ever had published.

Unfortunately (or fortunately as it turned out for my writing career), I became very sick with something called myalgic encephalomyelitis when I returned from working as an editor in America, and I had to give up my publishing job. That was when I really turned to writing as a way of keeping my brain occupied. My first book One Hungry Baby was published in 1992, and I’ve been writing for children ever since. I have been married to Richard-from-Uni since 1989.We now have two teenage kids—a boy and a girl—and also three dogs—two black labradors and a weird and obstinate Dandie Dinmont terrier (a rare British breed which looks like a very small highland cow without horns and on mega-short legs. It has black boot-button eyes under a blonde fringe and sounds like a bass Great Dane when it barks, which it does continuously). We also have a horse and an ancient guinea-pig. We all live in Northamptonshire, surrounded by sheep, more horses, noisy birds and a view of my stone circle that inspires me every single day."

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80 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

4th February 2010



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