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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."
Seventh book in the fun and funny Greek mythology BEASTS OF OLYMPUS series. The Greek gods and goddesses meet the Norse gods in this beastly mythical mash-up. Demon must travel to Asgard, to help save Odin's boar, Goldbristle - without his shining light, nothing can grow and all of Asgard will wither and die. But nothing Demon does has any effect, and Asgard is a strange place - he must contend with Fafnir the ice dragon, ravenous and dangerous Fenrir the wolf and, worst of all, the treacherous trickster god Loki, who is determined to cause mischief. With the help of Ratatosk, a giant squirrel, and Thrud, the daughter of Thor, Demon tries his best to fulfil his quest before Odin decides to freeze him into an icicle and use him for spear practice...
Eighth book in the Greek mythology BEASTS OF OLYMPUS series. Artemis, goddess of the hunt, has a unicorn emergency . . . Artemis, goddess of the hunt, has a unicorn emergency - something is sickening her wonderful wild herd, and if Demon, Official Beastkeeper to Olympus, can't save them, they'll become extinct. There's just one teeny tiny snag: unicorns HATE boys. So Demon finds himself disguised as a girl, and desperately trying to discover what's happening to make them so sick. If he can't find a cure, Artemis will feed him to her hounds! With a little help from his friends on Olympus, and the magic medicine box, Demon sets off to harness the power of moonlight and the stars to find a solution...
When Cinder Ashok's mother dies in a freak carriage accident, he doesn't think life can get any worse but it does. His dad marries a total horror and Ash Boy inherits bullying step-brothers Rock and Boulder. All Cinder wants is to be left in peace in the library with his side-kick Buttons. But Rock and Boulder are on a mission to compete in Prince Charmless' upcoming jousting tournament. Everything turns upside down when Cinder's fairy godfather magics him into the tournament. Now he's got a happily-ever-after in his sights! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+
Demon's life on Mount Olympus has never been busier ... will stealing Zeus's Eagle get him frazzled to a crisp?. Demon is now an Apprentice Healer to Chiron the Centaur God as well as Official Beastkeeper to the rest of the gods. Chiron's a bit distracted by looking after a new baby, Ascelpius - but Demon's not too keen on adding babysitting duties too. He has enough poo to be cleaning up every day, thank you very much! Horrible Heracles is back to his old beast-torturing tricks, and there's another awful hero on the scene, Beastly Bellerophon, who's shoved burning lead down the Chimera's throat and flown poor Pegasus nearly to death. Pan is demanding Demon come down to earth to deal with the Mares of Diomedes, but up on Olympus the butterfly-winged goddess Psyche is about to blackmail Demon into doing something VERY dangerous. She needs Demon to borrow Zeus's Eagle, his prized bird of prey, to complete the task she's been set by Aphrodite. Eagle is the only one who can soothe the three-tongued serpent who guards the spring of eternal youth at the source of the River Styx - and Psyche needs 'just a little jug' of water from it to erase Aphrodite's (non-existent) wrinkles and win the chance of marrying her son, Eros. Will the Eagle be willing to help Demon out? Or will he turn the young Beastkeeper over to his royal master? The threat of being sizzled by a thunderbolt has never been more real . . .
Chiron the Centaur God has agreed to take Demon under his hooves and teach him what he knows about healing magical beasts. Being an apprentice healer is exciting, but Demon still needs to make sure the Stables are fresh and clean (the faintest whiff of manure and the goddesses will be on the warpath again.) But with Arnie the grumpy Griffin suffering from feather drop and without his magical medicine box - Chiron has forbidden Demon to ask for its help as a first test of his healing skills - Demon is feeling the pressure. Not helped at all when Athene, Goddess of Wisdom, appears seeking help from Chiron. The world's only Phoenix has gone blind and it has lost its voice too. If it can't see to build its magical nest, and it can't sing the magical songs of renewal (both of which happen only once every hundred years), then the fire demons who the Phoenix guards will escape and burn up earth - and Olympus. Chiron is nowhere to be found, so Demon must drop everything and take a trip with the goddess to the Mountains of Burning Sand. . .
Continuing the story of Cleopatra before she became the legendary figure we think we know, this fast-paced adventure story is perfect for teen girls. Will Cleo - marked and chosen at birth by the goddess Isis - prevail against the evil forces who would gain power? Meticulously researched, Lucy Coats's CLEO books vividly evoke the drama and intrigue of Ancient Egypt.
Demon, Official Stableboy to the Gods, faces his toughest challenge yet . . . a very farty dragon! Fresh from his underwater adventures in Poseidon's realm, Demon was looking forward to returning to the Stables of the Gods and catching up with Arnie the Griffin, Doris the Hydra and the other magical beasts. But there's no such thing as an ordinary day up on Olympus. There's the small problem of a runaway princess hiding out in the stables with her poison-spitting flying dragons. And Ares is on the warpath - his Golden Fleece has been stolen from the poorly Colchian Dragon who was supposed to be guarding it. Demon's charged with curing the beast but it's got rather an embarrassing ailment and soon the stables are so stinky the other beasts are overcome by fumes from the windy dragon's bottom. How will Demon clean up THIS mess?
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.
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