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Anne Plichota was born in Dijon, France, and after studying Chinese language and culture spent several years living and working in Korea and China. She has had a varied career: as a Chinese teacher, a nurse’s aide, a public letter writer, and most recently a librarian. She enjoys American and Gothic literature and hearing people’s stories. She lives in Strasbourg with her teenage daughter.
Cendrine Wolf was born in the Alsace region of France. She studied sports, and went on to work in the socio-cultural sector, particularly in deprived neighbourhoods. She taught herself illustration, discovering it late in life, and loves fantasy literature and speed 'in all its forms'. She lives in Strasbourg.
Feisty Oksa Pollock, now queen of the hidden, magical kingdom of Edefia, returns for some darker adventures in which she must follow her destiny which involves facing down some fearsome demons. The forest of lost souls is not a place for the faint hearted. Luckily Oksa has great courage and also great support especially from her magical grandmother Dragomira. Once again, Oksa's adventures are gripping and delightful. A Piece of Passion from Stephanie Seegmuller and Daniel Seton, Pushkin Children’s Books All around the country, Pollockmaniacs are looking forward to the second book in the phenomenal Oksa Pollock series, The Forest of Lost Souls! After an unbelievable response across the UK to The Last Hope, we’re hugely excited to be publishing this sequel, which sees Oksa and the Runaways’ incredible adventures continue. We think it’s even better than volume one—just as exciting, but with more complex relationships between the characters, more cool creatures, more magic and more terrifying enemies! The authors are coming to London again in February, to meet their UK fans in person, so keep an eye on the Oksa Pollock website for details of events. www.oksapollock.co.uk
One of our Books of the Year 2013 Magic, mystery, destiny and ebullient good humour are whipped into a frothy and inventive fantasy in which many delightfully surprising things happen. Oksa is born with a fate. As a girl, the future of her family is in her hands. Had she been a boy, there would have been no future! Luckily, Oksa is a spirited girl who is happy to embrace the magic that surrounds her and to take on the fight against all the enemies that threaten the world she needs to protect. When at thirteen Oksa moves to London with her extensive family, she must adapt to many new things - especially school uniform! Luckily there are many great people who make the journey with her - especially her best friend Gus. Oksa's adventures are fast-paced and full of unexpected twists. She needs courage and invention to win through. Luckily, she has bags of both! ................................... With global sales of half a million copies this book has become a publishing phenomenon. The authors initially self-published their book, delivering them by hand to booksellers and even giving them away at school gates. In 2009 two teenage fans urged the French publishers XO Editions to read Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope - who immediately offered the authors a 5 book deal. A message from the Publisher, Stephanie Seegmuller at Pushkin Press:Hold on tight, when you get youor hands on the very first volume of the now world famous children's series Oksa Pollock. At least is world famous in 26 world languages - the seris started in France, spread to the rest of the world like wildfire and has now finally arrived in the UK. I hope you love Oksa as much as me. She's an impulsive 13 year old, with a wonderful but complicated family, and a lot on her plate - a new country, a new school and a best friend who might just turn out to be more than that...If that wasn't enough, it also turns out Oksa is the new queen of a parallel world and it is she alone who can save her people. She's got every cool magic trick going. She can fly, move objects with her mind and is surrounded by a whole menagerie of magical creatures straight out of old Russian folklore. The series is an addictive page-turner and volume 1, The Last Hope, is just the start. I've read all five existing volumes available in French and I'm begging for more. So are the huge fan communities in other countries including Japan, Russia, Germany, Spain etc who keep asking for "the next Oksa".