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Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll is Derek’s debut novel for children although
previously, he has published several educational books. He began writing in 2000 as a new millennium resolution and hasn’t looked back. Currently, he has a thriving schools program, storytelling and taking creative writing workshops around local schools. He lives in Northern Ireland with his wife, Elaine, who is Canadian, and has twin daughters, Sarah-Jane and Rebekah.
Click here to visit the Will Gallows website for more information about the author and the Will Gallow Books.
Amid a riot of unbridled and highly entertaining chaos, there lies an unexpected and entirely unpredictable adventure for this cowboy with a difference. Will is thinking of hanging up his cowboy hat and joining the elf side of his family so that he can learn more magic. But, when his granny is kidnapped, he realises that fighting the rock demon must come first. The daring Sky Cowboys face great dangers – but luckily, their magic makes things a lot of fun too.
A welcome return for Will Gallows, a charming sky cowboy hero who is willing to risk all. When Will’s uncle is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Will is determined to prove his innocence. Uncovering a sinister plot as he does so, it’s a quest in which young Will risks his life as he does battle with the deadly thunder dragons. Action packed, this is an inventive story with a host of larger-than-life characters. The first book, Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and as a Blue Peter Book of the Month. Film rights for the series have been optioned by Elton John’s company, Rocket Pictures!
A romping cowboy story with a difference, this is entertaining, action pack adventure set in a richly imagined fantasy world. Elfling Will Gallows joins the sky cowboys and sets out on a quest to capture Noose Wormworx, an evil troll bandit wanted for killing Will’s father. Will’s search takes him to the underground city of Deadrock where he unearths a deadly secret. Will is a likeable new hero in a thrilling new environment. A Richard and Judy Children's Book Club selection 2011 - Read by Yourself category.
Meet Captain John Hamish Watkins and his pirate crew: Briggs the quartermaster, Fishbreath the cook, Master Hudson the ship's Bosun, the riggers Drudger, Snitch and Dedweard - oh and last but not least Red, the girl rigger who becomes Flynn's friend and ally on board this unruly ship! Flynn's first case is a summons for help from Miss Kristina Wrinkly, curator of the Gypshun museum. There's been a break-in, and priceless, ancient artefacts have been stolen including the irreplaceable sceptre of the Pharaohs!
Will Gallows is excited to finally be passing out as a fully qualified sky cavalryman - but it's not long before an old enemy crashes in to spoil the party. Faced with the evil cunning of Imelda, the savage wolfer he fought long before, Will must use every ounce of his courage and ingenuity to find out what she's up to . . . before things go up with a bang.
Sky cowboy Will Gallows is finding life hard on the ranch. Should he follow his heart and join the elf side of his family, learning their magical secrets? Or should he join the Sky Cavalry with his friend Jez? His decision is put on hold when his grandma is kidnapped - by the most terrifying creature Will has ever encountered, a rock demon with a long-held grudge . . .
The West Rock is crumbling. Land is fast becoming more precious than gold. Sky cowboy, Will Gallows, having fled his home, is soon caught up in a bitter land feud between the cowboy settlers of the eastern arm and the elf 'braves' of Gung-Choux village. With battle looming, Will sets out to save his uncle from the hangman's noose. A quest that leads him to the rock's edge, where deadly thunder-dragons roam, and where he stumbles on a treacherous plot to drive the elf tribes off the eastern arm forever.
Will Gallows, a young elfling sky cowboy, rides out on a perilous quest to bring the evil snake-bellied troll bandit, Noose Wormworx, to justice. Noose is wanted for the murder of Will's pa - the former deputy sheriff of Oretown. Will's journey takes him deep into the heart of the West-Rock, to the dark underground city of Deadrock, where he soon uncovers a deadly secret that could spell disaster not only for Oretown, but for the whole of the West-Rock.
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