Steeds of the Gods by Lucy Coats
  

Synopsis

Steeds of the Gods by Lucy Coats

Demon, Official Beastkeeper to the Gods, is transported to the stables under the sea in Poseidon's watery kingdom Taking care of the stables up on Mount Olympus is one thing, but when Poseidon, god of the seas, takes Demon to his underwater realm to cure some sick hippocamps, the young stable boy is pretty fed up. Doris the Hydra can't be trusted to tend to the beasts, how will he breathe underwater ...and what in Zeus's name is a hippocamp anyway? With the help of his magical medical box Demon manages to cure the sea horses of their scale-rot, but when Helios orders him to the Stables of the Sun because one of his steeds has gone lame, Demon realises he's about to get caught up in a feud between water and fire ...The third in a delightful action-packed four-book series from acclaimed writer Lucy Coats, who uses her original and funny voice to bring to life the gods, goddesses and beasts of the ancient Greek pantheon.

Reviews

The rumbustious tone is perfect for reading aloud. David Roberts are vigorously zany and both BEAST KEEPER and HOUND OF HADES are fun for myth-mad kids of seven plus. New Statesman A sparky new series ... adventure, friendship and fabulous beasts abound. The Bookseller Hilarious misadventures Metro A funny, accessible, adventurous introduction to characters and stories from ancient Greece, starring an endearing hero faced with impossible tasks. Booktrust With wonderful black-and-white illustrations by David Roberts, this new series of short adventures is a perfect introduction to Greek mythology and monsters for younger readers. WRD Magazine These novels are absolutely brilliant for children who are interested in mythology. The characters have been beautifully depicted and the humorous descriptions would definitely appeal to a young audience. The pictures are wonderful too and capture the characters, especially the beasts, to absolute perfection. Young readers can learn all about the gods and their mythical beasts while enjoying simple yet exciting plotlines. Think 'Percy Jackson

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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Format

Paperback
144 pages
Interest Age: From 5

Author

Lucy Coats
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Author's Website

lucycoats.com/about.htm

Publisher

Publication date

7th May 2015

ISBN

9781848124523


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