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Lari Don - Author

About the Author

Lari Don is an award-winning author and storyteller who loves sharing traditional tales from all over the world. Lari was born in Chile, and brought up in Scotland and now lives in Edinburgh with her family. She has worked in politics and for the BBC, but now spends her time passing on old stories and making up new ones. She is a traditional storyteller, as well as an award-winning children’s author; her fiction is inspired by her love of myths, legends and fables.

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Fierce, Fearless and Free Girls in myths and legends from around the world

Fierce, Fearless and Free Girls in myths and legends from around the world

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

A brilliant, inclusive collection of traditional tales from around the world featuring amazing women and girls. Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince who - no, that's not right! Once upon a time, there were strong, fierce women who plotted, schemed, took action, showed kindness, used magic and trickery, and made their own destiny. From the long-haired Petrosinella who escaped the tower and broke the spell that the ogress had cast over her and Nana Miriam who beat a hippo using politeness and magic, to Kate Crackernuts who tried to save her stepsister from her mother's curse, these are stories of girls doing it for themselves! With stories drawn from all over the world, including China, Scotland, Armenia, Italy and Nigeria, Lari Don presents heroine stories that don't leave girls sitting around waiting to be saved by the handsome prince.

The Legend of the First Unicorn

The Legend of the First Unicorn

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2020

Once upon a time in Scotland, a young prince had lost his smile. It seemed nothing could raise a smile from Prince Donald, not the baker's treats or the bard's songs. The court magician tried to make a new magical beast for the prince, but it was so awkward he let it go. Hana, the magician's granddaughter, was still determined to help Donald. Using her grandfather's magic, she invented a majestic creature with the body of a horse and the horn of a gazelle, and called him 'a unicorn'. Hana and Donald playfully chase the unicorn through the forest, and it seems that this magical animal might hold the key to the prince's smile. But then they discover a darker beast, lurking in the trees. The unicorn, magical and strong, is Scotland's national animal and heraldic symbol. Renowned Scottish children's author and storyteller Lari Don weaves an enchanting tale, inspired by local folklore, about the origins of the unicorn. A perfect companion to bestselling picture book The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster, this stunning and authentic tale is atmospherically brought to life by Natasa Ilincic's rich illustrations, and is destined to become a classic.

Never Trust a Tiger A Tale from Korea

Never Trust a Tiger A Tale from Korea

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

A merchant and tiger debate whether or not life is fair and whether the tiger can eat the merchant who has just rescued him. This witty, critically acclaimed illustrated chapter book retelling of a folk tale from Korea is available individually and as part of the Stories from around the World: 4 Tales of Problem-Solving & Wit set.

The Hungry Wolf A Tale from Mexico

The Hungry Wolf A Tale from Mexico

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

When a hungry young wolf spots a tasty-looking animal in the field above the river, he thinks he has found some dinner . . . but the fluffy little lamb is more clever than he has bargained for. Will the lamb become a tasty snack, or will she escape the wolf's hungry jaws?

Masha and the Bear A Tale from Russia

Masha and the Bear A Tale from Russia

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

When young Masha gets lost in the woods, a friendly bear welcomes her into his home. . . only to insist she stay forever to keep his house tidy. Masha, however, has other plans. This illustrated chapter book retelling of an Russian folktale is available individually and as part of the Stories from around the World: 4 Tales of Persistence & Grit set.

The Tortoise's Gift A Tale from Zambia

The Tortoise's Gift A Tale from Zambia

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

When a draught leaves all the animals hungry, one by one they try to discover the name of the magical tree that will give them its fruit if asked by name but only one animal will succeed. This illustrated chapter book retelling of folktale from Zambia is available individually and as part of the Stories from around the World: 4 Tales of Persistence & Grit set.

The Hide and Seek Squirrels Band 6/Orange

The Hide and Seek Squirrels Band 6/Orange

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2019

Hazel, Cashew and Conker are squirrels who have hidden their nuts somewhere safe - but they can't remember where! Will they ever find them again? This fun story was written by Lari Don. Hazel, Cashew and Conker are squirrels who have hidden their nuts somewhere safe - but they can't remember where! Will they ever find them again? This fun story was written by Lari Don. Orange/Band 6 offers varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages and reduced support from illustrations. A wider range of texts is included. The focus sounds in this book are:/ai/ a /j/ ge, g, dge /ch/ tch, t /ee/ e, y /w/ wh /c/ ch /s/ se /igh/ y, ie /l/ le /f/ ph /v/ ve /oo/ u /z/ se Pages 22 and 23 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2019

Are you afraid of the big bad wolf? With this retelling of the classing story, kids will experience empathy and courage as they walk in the shoes of a brave Little Red. Finely detailed paintings create an enticing world of quirky characters in a dark and mysterious forest. Includes story CD read by actress Imelda Staunton.

The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster

The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Ishbel and Kenneth need to save their family from going hungry, so when they remember the old local tale about treasure under Urquhart Castle, they set off across Loch Ness in a rowing boat. But the loch may be hiding its own secrets. There's another ancient story about a giant monster living in the depths . . . Legends of the Loch Ness Monster abound, but this new tale from renowned Scottish children's author and storyteller Lari Don sidesteps the modern Nessie to create a new Loch Ness Monster myth inspired by local folklore. A perfect companion to bestselling picture book The Secret of the Kelpie, also by Lari Don, this timeless tale of Scotland's most famous creature, atmospherically brought to life by Natasa Ilincic's stunning illustrations, is destined to become the classic Loch Ness Monster story.

Horse of Fire and other stories from around the world

Horse of Fire and other stories from around the world

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Have you ever heard of the horse who had gold in his dung, or of the Fire Horse of Hiisi with his mane of gold and red flame and smouldering black hooves? What about the hippogriff, the centaurs and the wise colt? I bet you've heard rumours of a goddess disguised as a white horse and whisperings about the proud unicorns and the headless horseman who steals cattle. This is a collection of stories about warriors, monsters and heroes' horses and about the origins of horses and people. It is an anthology of stories where horses are magical and stories where horses are the villains. From Gambian, Persian, Australian and Ukrainian myths to Jewish, Indian and Navajo retellings, Lari Don presents horse stories from around the world, perfect for any horse lover. Book band: Dark Red Ideal for ages 10+

Spellchasers Trilogy

Spellchasers Trilogy

Author: Lari Don Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

Molly hesitated. 'Are you cursed?'The girl nodded. 'Aren't you ?'Curses aren't real. Magic is only in stories. So Molly Drummond definitely can't be magically cursed. Can she?When Molly finds herself in a curse-lifting workshop with four magical classmates -- a kelpie, a dryad, a sphinx and a toad -- she's determined not to believe in it.But it's true that whenever a dog barks, Molly suddenly becomes a small and very fast hare.Molly and her friends set off on a quest to lift their curses -- solving riddles, facing an ancient snake and battling curse-hatched armies.Can they find the Promise Keeper, who controls all curses, before their magical world spins out of control?Follow Molly into a world of brilliant magic and extraordinary friendship in the breathtaking Spellchasers trilogy by award-winning author Lari Don.This exclusive eBook edition contains all three books in the Spellchasers Trilogy: The Beginner's Guide to Curses; The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away; The Witch's Guide to Magical Combat.

The Dragon's Hoard Stories from the Viking Sagas

The Dragon's Hoard Stories from the Viking Sagas

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2017

Meet the Vikings and enter their enchanting world full of warriors and battles, heroes and heroines, Berserkers, monsters and zombies, and of course, lots of magic. Illustrated throughout, these eleven amazing stories bring the Viking Sagas, tales they themselves told, to vivid life. A fantastic introduction to Viking mythology, these illustrated tales will have children captivated.

The Witch's Guide to Magical Combat

The Witch's Guide to Magical Combat

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2017

Molly's shape-shifting curse is getting stronger and more unpredictable. Becoming a hare she could cope with. At least she could run... fast. But now she's turning into the prey of any predator she hears. Life's pretty dangerous if you become a worm whenever you hear a bird tweet. As Molly and her friends search for a stone that can curb the Promise Keeper's powers, and each one of them must face their own monster, Molly is forced to choose: is she prepared to use dark magic to break her curse? Will she become a witch and enter into magical combat? And if she does, will she lose the friendships she most cares about? In this third and final thrilling instalment of the breathtaking Spellchasers trilogy the team faces a blizzard of powerful threats. Can they bring balance to the magical world, defeat the creatures that pursue them and finally break Molly's curse? Or will darkness triumph over friendship?

The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away

The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2017

Molly's curse is getting worse. The curse-breaking workshop hasn't exactly turned out how Molly and her friends had hoped. And now something is going wrong with the way curses work. The team need to find the Promise Keeper who controls all curses, but the Keeper is guarded by Atacama the sphinx and his riddle. The five friends set off on a quest that takes them past the misty giant grey men of the mountains, to spar with an ancient snake and battle terrifying Nuckelavee. Can they discover what's wrong with the Promise Keeper and stop the world of curses from spinning out of control? Magic, adventure and danger collide in the second dramatic book of this brilliant new fantasy adventure Spellchasers trilogy by award-winning author Lari Don.

Serpents and Werewolves Tales of Animal Shape-shifters from Around the World

Serpents and Werewolves Tales of Animal Shape-shifters from Around the World

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A brilliant collection of folk tales: from the girl whose stepmother turned her into a dragon, to the werewolf's bride, and the god who became a fish but was caught in his own net... Stories from the Americas, Asia, Scandinavia and Europe make this a wonderfully inclusive anthology, stunningly illustrated in papercut style.

Horse of Fire and other stories from around the world

Horse of Fire and other stories from around the world

Author: Lari Don Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016

From magical winged Pegasus to legendary horses which help their owners in impossible quests, this brilliant selection of folk tales about horses will thrill and entertain. Stories from countries as diverse as Russia and Gambia and traditions as different as the Navajo people and the ancient Greeks make this a really inclusive anthology, perfect for any horse lover. Book band: Mastery

The Beginner's Guide to Curses

The Beginner's Guide to Curses

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2016

Molly Drummond is cursed: whenever a dog barks, she turns into a hare -- which can make life quite dangerous... So she does the sensible thing and attends a curse-lifting workshop, run by a local witch. She tumbles into a world of magical beings, all desperate to reverse their curses. But will the power that feeds on the curses prevent them from returning to their normal lives? By the author of the bestselling Fabled Beasts Chronicles series, this is the dramatic first installment in the brand new, long-awaited Spellchasers trilogy. Lari Don has once again created a world of brilliant magic, dark danger and extraordinary friendship which will enchant children of upper primary age.

The Secret of the Kelpie

The Secret of the Kelpie

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2016

Every loch in Scotland, however beautiful, has its cold, dark depths. And every loch in Scotland has its kelpie. But it's easy to forget those dangers on a sunny afternoon... Flora is playing with her brothers and sisters by the loch when she notices a stunning white horse. While her siblings clamour for a chance to ride the beautiful animal, Flora is worried. Where has this strange horse come from? Why are its hoof prints wet? Too late Flora realises this is no horse! It's a kelpie: a shape-shifting water horse from Scottish folklore known to steal children. Can Flora reveal the secret of the kelpie in time to save her family? The kelpie, once a lesser-known creature of Scottish mythology, is now enjoying legendary status as Andy Scott's magnificent Kelpies statues have become a world-famous tourist attraction. The classic tale of the kelpie is wonderfully retold for 4-7 year olds in this gripping adaptation by renowned Scottish children's author and storyteller Lari Don, with breathtaking illustrations by artist Philip Longson.

The House of the Nine Doors Band 12/Copper

The House of the Nine Doors Band 12/Copper

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

A classic tale of the Irish legend Finn McCaul, as he strives to fulfil a challenge to free his jailed uncle. The question is, is it even humanly possible?! Find out in this non-stop, funny story of perseverance, imagination - and a bit of speed, written by the Canongate Prize winner Lari Don. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale * Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends * Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Serpents and Werewolves Tales of Animal Shape-shifters from Around the World

Serpents and Werewolves Tales of Animal Shape-shifters from Around the World

Author: Lari Don Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

A brilliant collection of folk tales: from the girl whose stepmother turned her into a dragon, to the werewolf's bride, and the god who became a fish but was caught in his own net... Stories from the Americas, Asia, Scandinavia and Europe make this a wonderfully inclusive anthology, stunningly illustrated in papercut style.

The Tale of Tam Linn

The Tale of Tam Linn

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2014

Janet is forbidden from visiting the woods near her father's castle because legend says that long ago a local boy called Tam Linn was stolen there by the fairy queen and never returned. But Janet isn't afraid of fairy stories... Deep in the woods, by a well, she meets a fairy knight -- the famous Tam Linn, forbidden to leave by the evil queen's spell. Janet decides to save him, but when the queen and her army appear, fairy magic turns Tam Linn into a whole host of Scottish creatures. Can Janet hold on long enough to rescue him? A sharp and intelligent retelling of the traditional Scottish fairy tale of Tam Linn, which originated in the Scottish Borders, adapted for a young audience. Award-winning author Lari Don's fresh take on this well-known story is perfectly complemented by artist Philip Longson's breathtaking illustrations. The Tale of Tam Linn is one of the first titles released in the new Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales range of picture books that bring classic Scottish folk and fairy tales to life for young children.

Maze Running and other Magical Missions

Maze Running and other Magical Missions

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2014

One of Helen's friends is dying, stabbed in the heart by the Master, and this life-threatening injury needs a magical remedy. Helen and her fabled-beast friends unite, with the help of the dragons, to find a magical token with the power to cure. But they only have until tomorrow night. On their quests through Scotland for the enchanted healing tokens, they battle with magical lizards, monstrous goats, and a vengeful giant. Fighting together, can they cure their friend and finally defeat the power-crazed Master of the Maze? Don't miss the heart-stopping climax to the bestselling Fabled Beast Chronicles.

Wolf Notes and other Musical Mishaps

Wolf Notes and other Musical Mishaps

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2014

As Helen practises her violin for a special Midsummer's Eve concert, her friends, the fabled beasts, prepare to go to war. Helen soon joins their perilous quest against the evil Faery Queen. She battles with brownies, wrangles with wolves and tries to trick faeries. But will it be enough to help her friends and save herself? Second book in the bestselling Fabled Beast Chronicles, an exciting four-book adventure series starring creatures from myth and legend.

First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts

First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2014

Winner of a Scottish Children's Book Award. When Yann the injured centaur clip clops into Helen's life she decides to help him even though she's not exactly a vet. But that's just the beginning ... Helen's first aid kit comes in very handy when she meets Yann's friends -- a gang of fabled beasts with a habit of getting into trouble. Together they must solve riddles, fight fauns and defeat the dangerous Master of the Maze before midwinter and the end of the world. First Aid for Fairies and other Fabled Beasts is the first book in the bestselling Fabled Beast Chronicles, an exciting four-book adventure series starring creatures from myth and legend.

Storm Singing and other Tangled Tasks

Storm Singing and other Tangled Tasks

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2014

A centaur, a selkie, a fairy and a phoenix -- Helen has unusual friends. And in this incredible quest, they face some even stranger opponents, from mermaids to angry killer whales. Helen must help Rona the selkie to win the most important contest of the ocean world, and stop the deep sea powers from going to war. But who is trying to sabotage the competition and why? Can Helen and the fabled beasts find the real villain, and prevent the most devastating storm the world has ever seen? The third thrilling instalment of the bestselling Fabled Beast Chronicles, an exciting four-book adventure series starring creatures from myth and legend, introduces new fabled beasts from the wild north of Scotland.

Complete Fabled Beasts Chronicles

Complete Fabled Beasts Chronicles

Author: Lari Don Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

It's not every day a grumpy, injured centaur appears on your doorstep.When Yann clip clops into Helen's life looking for a horse healer she decides to help him even though she's not exactly a vet.And that's just the beginning. . . Helen's first aid kit comes in very handy when she meets Yann's friends -- a gang of fabled beasts with a habit of getting into trouble.Together Helen and the fabled beasts -- a fairy, a dragon, a phoenix, a werewolf and even a selkie -- must battle minotaurs, wrestle with wolves, fight faeries, solve riddles and travel the length and breadth of Scotland on a series of ever more dangerous quests.Enter the world of the Fabled Beasts in this exciting four-book fantasy adventure series.

Girls, Goddesses and Giants Tales of Heroines from Around the World

Girls, Goddesses and Giants Tales of Heroines from Around the World

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2014

A selection of brilliant folk tales about heroines from all around the world. In these stories it's the girls who save the day through their courage, cunning or kindness - whether they are facing up to wolves, demons, dragons, enemy tribes, or the sun itself! Handsome princes need not apply - these girls are doing it for themselves. With stories from every corner of the world (from Cameroon to Scotland, India, Japan and the Americas) this inclusive anthology of girl power is stunningly illustrated in paper-cut style.

Breaking the Spell Stories of Magic and Mystery from Scotland

Breaking the Spell Stories of Magic and Mystery from Scotland

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2014

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Mind Blind

Mind Blind

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2014

'I killed a girl today, just after the school bell. I keep trying to tell myself I didn't really kill her. But she's dead. And it's my fault.' 14-year-old Ciaran Bain is a highly trained fighter and gifted criminal with a special talent: he knows what his victim is thinking. He works in a mafia-style family of gangsters, thieves and thugs who share his mind-reading talent. But Ciaran's skill comes with a crippling side effect, one that makes him disposable -- even to his own family. Then he meets Lucy, whose older sister has been killed, and they form an unlikely team. But on their perilous search across London and up to Edinburgh, on the run from Ciaran's dangerous family, can they ever trust each other? And where can they hide if they aren't even safe in their own minds? Award-winning author Lari Don skilfully weaves a fast-paced world of secrets, power and supernatural abilities in her first book for young teens.

Winter's Tales

Winter's Tales

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

A selection of folk tales about winter from all around the world. Find out how spiders invented tinsel, what happened when the spring girl beat the hag of winter, why snow is eagles' feathers, and how a hero with hairy trousers used ice to kill a dragon. Stories from the Americas, Asia, Scandinavia and Europe make this a wonderfully inclusive anthology of the chilliest of tales, stunningly illustrated in papercut style.

The Magic Word

The Magic Word

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2013

Catriona must write her name on all her thank you notes before she's allowed to play with her birthday presents. It's going to take forever! Unless... She puts her coloured pencils and a sprinkling of magical ingredients into a big pot. Then she says the magic word. But the pencils start writing on walls, scribbling on the table, and doodling on the fridge! Can Catriona stop the magical mayhem? This is a hilarious new picture book from Lari Don, author of The Big Bottom Hunt and Orange Juice Peas!, vibrantly illustrated by Claire Keay, about the consequences of taking shortcuts, and the power of the magic word.

Girls, Goddesses and Giants Tales of Heroines from Around the World

Girls, Goddesses and Giants Tales of Heroines from Around the World

Author: Lari Don Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2013

A selection of brilliant folk tales about heroines from all around the world. In these stories it's the girls who save the day through their courage, cunning or kindness - whether they are facing up to wolves, demons, dragons, enemy tribes, or the sun itself! Handsome princes need not apply - these girls are doing it for themselves. With stories from every corner of the world (from Cameroon to Scotland, India, Japan and the Americas) this inclusive anthology of girl power is stunningly illustrated in paper-cut style.

Orange Juice Peas

Orange Juice Peas

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2012

Jessie is learning to be polite. When she says 'thank you' it sounds a bit like 'DA HOO'. When she says 'please' it sounds exactly like 'PEAS'. One tea-time, Jessie and her older brother Ben are left with a new babysitter. When asked what she'd like to drink, Jessie replies, 'Orange juice peas', and that's exactly what she gets! Followed by 'milk peas', 'water peas', and on it goes. Each time, Jessie fishes the peas out of her drink and cheeky Ben giggles, as the pile of peas on the table grows bigger and bigger... This is a hilarious story for young children, with a great sense of repetition. Lizzie Well's bright, expressive illustrations perfectly capture the humour and Jessie's increasing frustration at being misunderstood.

Drawing a Veil

Drawing a Veil

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2012

Ellie and Amina are best friends. But when Amina decides to start wearing the hijab, it attracts the attention of the bullies. Now Ellie's loyalties are being tested. Has Amina changed? Does it matter if best friends have different beliefs? Is she ready to stand up for Amina? A thought-provoking story about friendship, religion and modern life. Highly readable, exciting books that take the struggle out of reading, Wired encourages and supports reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers or those with English as an additional language aged 11+, at a manageable length (64 pages) and reading level (8+). Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.

How to Make a Heron Happy

How to Make a Heron Happy

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

Hamish is worried about the heron in the park. It always looks sad and grumpy, with its hunched-up shoulders and long frowning eyebrows. So Hamish decides to cheer it up: first he brings bread crusts and biscuit crumbs to the park. But the heron still looks grumpy. Next he brings his family to tidy up the heron's polluted pond. But the heron still looks grumpy. Then he brings his class to plant flowers around the pond. But the heron still looks grumpy. Finally he brings everyone he knows to have a party for the heron. But the heron still looks grumpy. Hamish looks at the heron and wonders: maybe the heron isn't unhappy after all? Each page of this delightful story from popular children's author and storyteller, Lari Don, is brought to life with vibrant illustrations. Colour and activity build up as the book progresses and the drab inner-city park is brought to life.

Rocking Horse War

Rocking Horse War

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2010

One sunny morning the triplets disappear, leaving only a few mysterious clues behind: an open upstairs window, three missing rocking horses and some strangely shaped marks on the lawn outside. Could they be hoofprints? Used to their silly pranks, older sister Pearl sets out to find them. At the garden gate she encounters Thomas, the snooty grandson of a local earl, who warns her that the moors aren't safe today. But who is he to boss Pearl around? As she searches for the triplets and tries to outwit Thomas, Pearl's journey through the rugged Scottish hills unfolds into an incredible and perilous adventure. Pearl strives to outwit living, breathing rocking horses and several powerful land magicians, who turn the very rocks of the mountains against her. But can she trust the mysterious Thomas? And can she save her brother and sisters from the unknown fate that lies ahead? A tale of dark magic and destiny set in the 1920s Scottish Highlands.

The Big Bottom Hunt

The Big Bottom Hunt

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2010

Sandy and Ella are out playing on the beach one day when they spot something sparkling by the jaggy rocks. They run over to see what it is, and find a telescope that someone has left behind. But how will they find the owner? Then they see a funny shape in the sand -- and realise it's a bottom print! They run back home for their art kit and trace the print. Then the big bottom hunt begins, as they ask each villager in turn, 'Is this your bottom?' A delightful and very funny story from Edinburgh writer and storyteller Lari Don, illustrated with great charm by up-and-coming illustrator Gabby Grant.

Tam O'Shanter

Tam O'Shanter

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2009

When Tam interrupts a witches' sabbath, he finds himself running for his life! The great Robert Burns poem retold as a thrilling and spooky adventure. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Wolf Notes and Other Musical Mishaps

Wolf Notes and Other Musical Mishaps

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

Helen has won a place at a prestigious summer music school in remote north-western Scotland. But as she practises for a concert on Midsummer's Eve, her friends, the fabled beasts, prepare for battle -- in the very forest where the young musicians are staying. When Yann the centaur arrives and warns Helen of impending danger, she is forced to cast her musical ambitions aside. Helen finds herself catapulted into a perilous quest, allied with fantastical creatures against a powerful enemy, the Faery Queen. She finds the mythical island of Tir nan Og, breaks the law and administers first aid to old friends and new . . . but will it be enough to help her friends and save herself? This is the magical sequel to the bestselling First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts.

First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts

First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2008

Helen has absolutely no interest in becoming a vet like her mother. So she isn't best pleased when asked to help an injured horse. Only this horse isn't entirely normal . . . and nor are his friends. Without warning, Helen is thrust into an extraordinary world full of magical rituals, fantastical creatures and a dangerous, powerful beast known as the Master, who would destroy it all. Everything hinges on finding the lost Book of Wisdom before the Winter Solstice. Can Helen work out the riddles and help her new friends to make amends for a foolish prank? This is a wonderful mixture of fable and fiction, woven together into an exciting race through Scotland's diverse landscapes, accompanied by an array of creatures from mythology and folklore. Winner of the Royal Mail Award for Younger Readers (8-11).

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