The Silver Stag of Bunratty by Eithne Massey


The Silver Stag of Bunratty by Eithne Massey

Richard De Clare, Lord of Bunratty, wants the head of the Silver Stag on his castle walls. Four children are determined that this will not happen, for the stag is a magical creature. The mysterious lady in the tower, Dame Anna, has told Tuan, Cliar, Maude and Matthieu that despite their differences they must work together to save the stag. But they are living in an Ireland full of war and danger and saving the stag is only the beginning of their adventures. Soon they themselves become the hunted ones. With the life of Tuan in danger, they must make their escape from Bunratty, row across the stormy waters of the Shannon and brave the dangers of the wild men of the woods. Tuan wants to return to his clan, Maude and Matthieu are seeking their lost father and Cliar is looking for the home she never knew. Who knows where their journey will lead them?


'elements of the Famous Five and Secret Seven'

'history meets magic ... Massey cleverly mixes historical fact, legend and her own imagination to weave a story.'

' enjoyable mix of fact, fiction and fantasy ... Pupils...will enjoy this story that Eithne Massey has blended from the geography, history and folklore of that beautiful area around Bunratty ... another useful means of exploring Irish history through -- In Touch 'Massey is an accomplished storyteller ... The language is descriptive with more than the occasional nod to maximising the educational experience of the reader. The impulse to inform is rarely resisted and this gives a worthy flavour to the book. The stor -- Inis 'Mystery, magic, and tension abound. The stylish language and historical detail make this a must-read for children who enjoy learning about the past.'

'a gripping blend of historical fact and fiction'



About the Author

Eithne Massey is a graduate of University College Dublin and NUI Maynooth, and a short-story writer. She has worked with the Arts Council and as a librarian. Her interest in mythology has been a lifelong one. Although she lives in Dublin, she is often found traveling to old and secret places around the country.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

9th May 2011



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O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien


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