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Jane Johnson is the Publisher of HarperCollins' science fiction and fantasy list, Voyager. She has been involved in the publishing of JRR Tolkien's works for many years and is the author of the official Visual Companions to Peter Jackson's movie trilogy of The Lord Of The Rings. She has written adult novels as both Gabriel King and Jude Fisher, but the Secret Country books are her first for children. She lives in South London and Cornwall, with her two cats.
This is wonderfully rich magical fiction for both boys and girls with a terrific mix of Moonfleet meets Treasure Island meets the Arabian Nights. In 17th century Cornwall, Jude's mother was called a witch and he is someone with a strange power, the ability to sense gold wherever it is. When his parents are killed and he is captured by an unsavoury and sinister sea-captain his life changes forever. On this magnificent and msyterious Cornish coastline is there anyone dead or alive who can help him.
There’s magic deep in the heart of this highly inventive story. Jamie’s life changes when he tries on the tiger mask he makes in an art class. This is an action-packed adventure exploding with magic and mystery. With the mask on, Jamie can feel exactly what it is like to be the tiger and it marks him out as the boy chosen to travel the world in an attempt to solve three mysteries. Jamie must make some bold decisions and his wits and courage will be tested to the limit on these dangerous adventures if he is to get home alive and overcome his own problems. And he needs all his skill at telling jokes to help him!
Full of charm and humour this is brilliant culmination of the Eidolon trilogy is handled with great deftness. Eidolon and Benâ€™s world seem on the surface to be calm, that is until Ben discovers his neighbours are not quite what they seem and the evil Dodman has employed dinosaurs in his army to try to defeat the Queen of Eidolon. A brilliant showdown between good and evil brings this imaginative trilogy neatly to its conclusion.
The author has seamlessly delivered a wonderful mix of fantasy and reality in this the second of the Eidolon trilogy. Trolls, giants and goblins alongside the evil Dodman are laying waste to this magical world and itâ€™s up to Iggy and Ben to save it once more and to rescue the daughter of the rightful Queen of Eidolon. Secret Country is the first in the trilogy and Dragonâ€™s Fire is the final one.
Full of the kind of magic a day-dreaming child longs for â€“ a brilliant mix of animals, adventure and magic. This is the first of a charming and funny fantasy adventure from a fabulous new talent, the second, The Shadow World is already published and the third Dragonâ€™s Fire is hot off the press. A trip to the local pet shop is just the start of an amazing adventure for Ben, an ordinary boy just like other boys the world over, who meets a talking cat called Iggy. Iggy is desperate to escape the clutches of the cruel pet shop owner and he longs for his home, which is a magical and inventive secret country called Eidolon full of dragons, sprites and centaurs. However this spectacular shadow world is dying slowly as these magical creatures are being stolen and taken to Benâ€™s world. Something must be done and itâ€™s left to Iggy and Ben to make amends but there is danger at every turn.
In 17th century Cornwall, Jude's mother was called a witch. Her son is a 'finder' with a rare and strange power. He can sense the presence of gold wherever it is hidden. But Jude's talents dangerous - especially when he leaves his childhood home after his parents' sudden deaths. Captured by a sinister, one-eyed sea-captain, he is plunged into terrifying magical adventures on the magnificent and mysterious Cornish coast. Battling Barbary pirates, slave-stealers and an evil telepathic cat, he is befriended by a family of gold-hungry djinns, doomed to dwell for eternity amng the legions of the damned unless he agrees to save them...A superbly-written historical fantasy by one of children's literature's very best storytellers.
With her youngest bunny still wide-awake, Mrs Rabbit must try all the tricks she knows to coax her little bunny to sleep. But even if the lullabies, the bubbly bath, the warm milk and the cuddles work their magic, will Mrs Rabbit ever get any peace?
The Dodman has begun his reign of terror in Eidolon. Amassing an army of trolls and giants, ghost-dogs and goblins, he is determined to lay waste to the magical Secret Country - and destroy its Queen forever. Now Isadora must return to her world, leaving her family behind, and lead her people against the evil Dodman. Horrified at being left behind, Ellie follows her mother to Eidolon - and walks straight into danger. Captured and held hostage by the Dodman, only Ben and Iggy can save her and protect the Secret Country from becoming enslaved once more...
Ben has been saving for weeks to buy the Mongolian fighting fish he's seen in the local pet shop. But on entering Mr Dodds' Pet Emporium, a small cat hooks his claws into Ben's jumper and begs to be bought. The cat tells Ben that Mr Dodds is importing rare magical beasts into this world and he needs his help to save them. Like fish out of water, they are dying in this world, away from their magical land. A parallel world, Eidolon, exists as a neighbour to our own and is filled with magic and magical creatures, like dragons, selkies, sabre-toothed tigers and faeries. With his new friend, Iggy the talking cat, Ben travels between the worlds and helps some of these amazing creatures return home. On his journey he makes loyal friends, encounters danger and adventure and discovers his own royal lineage in the Secret Country...
Ready for Bed! Written by Jane Johnson Illustrated by Gaby Hansen oAaah, peace and quiet at last,o sighed Mrs Rabbit, tucking her children into bed. But it doesnAt last for long! With her youngest little bunny still wide-awake, Mrs Rabbit must try all the tricks she knows to coax her little bunny to sleep. But even if the lullabies, the bubbly bath, the warm milk and the cuddles work their magic, will Mrs Rabbit get her peace and quiet?