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Robert J. Harris was born in Dundee and now lives in St Andrews with his wife, sons, and his dog. He is the author of many children's books, including Will Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, and Leonardo and the Death Machine; and he is the creator of popular fantasy board game Talisman.
In a nutshell: enthralling new mysteries for a young Holmes Artie Doyle can’t resist the temptation offered by a mysterious invitation to an evening of magic, and, fresh from their adventures solving crimes committed by the creepy Gravediggers Club, he and his best friend Ham are soon caught up in more intrigue and adventure. Young Artie is based on the young Arthur Conan Doyle of course, and the stories are a clever mix of puzzle, conspiracy and history – late Victorian Edinburgh is brought to vivid life. Satisfying adventure stories in their own right, with a good helping of humour to ease and then emphasise the tension, these are also excellent introductions to the works of the great man himself. Readers fascinated by Holmes will also enjoy Elizabeth Eulberg’s The Great Shelby Holmes series, which is another clever and engaging tribute to the great detective. ~ Andrea Reece **How much do you know about Arthur Conan Doyle? Put your detective skills to the test with this fun quiz! And you can find an interactive Google map showing all the sites of events in the book and in Arthur Conan Doyle's life here https://ow.ly/3pNz308SrJg
In a nutshell: ingenious and atmospheric adventure story starring a young Arthur Conan Doyle | Sending its young protagonists creeping round Edinburgh’s graveyards at dead of night and posing all sorts of mysteries for them to solve and codes for them to decipher this new junior detective series will thoroughly satisfy young devotees of the genre. Artie and his reluctant partner-in-crime-solving Ham encounter ghostly presences, a terrifying hound and the mysterious and decidedly sinister Graveyard Club. It all makes for edge-of-the-seat reading, lightened by regular doses of humour, and Sherlock Holmes fans will enjoy picking up the references to Conan Doyle’s stories (Harris has imagined Artie as the author as a young boy). This is one to recommend to fans of Robin Stevens’s Murder Most Unladylike series and Katherine Woodfine’s The Sinclair’s Mysteries as well as young Sherlockians. ~ Andrea Reece **How much do you know about Arthur Conan Doyle? Put your detective skills to the test with this fun quiz! And you can find an interactive Google map showing all the sites of events in the book and in Arthur Conan Doyle's life here https://ow.ly/3pNz308SrJg
Hilarious adventure, mythical creatures and non-stop action. Two brothers recite an ancient rhyme and conjure up an extra day of the week but they had no idea it would work - or that the day would belong to the banished Norse god, Loki, master of mischief, monsters and mayhem. As the day wears on, time seems to be lagging behind. Will this day of madness never end? Can two ordinary boys outwit an ancient lord and his monstrous minions, AND get their mum back?
One day Arthur Conan Doyle will create the greatest detective of all -- Sherlock Holmes. But right now, Artie Conan Doyle is a twelve-year-old Edinburgh schoolboy with a mystery of his own to solve. Artie and his best friend Ham are investigating the strange case of the Scarlet Phantom, a jewel thief who seems to walk through walls and disappear at will. But there's a rival detective on the case, a paranormal investigator who claims that only he can capture this phantom thief. With the help of their new friend, girl scientist Peril Abernethy, Artie and Ham follow a trail of baffling clues and impossible dangers, but can they catch the Phantom before the invisible fiend pulls off the greatest robbery in history? Robert J. Harris, author of The World's Gone Loki series and Will Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, brings the young Conan Doyle to life in the third instalment of this ingenious detective series full of twists, turns and clever reveals.
One day Arthur Conan Doyle will create the greatest detective of all -- Sherlock Holmes. But right now Artie Conan Doyle is a twelve-year-old Edinburgh schoolboy with a mystery of his own to solve. Artie and his friend Ham are hired to investigate a series of suspicious accidents that have befallen world-famous magician, the Great Wizard of the North. It seems someone is determined to sabotage his spectacular new illusion. When the huge mechanical dragon created for the show vanishes, the theft appears to be completely impossible. Artie must reveal the trick and unmask the villain or face the deadly consequences. The cards have been dealt, the spell has been cast, and the game is afoot once more! Robert J. Harris, author of The World's Gone Loki series and Will Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, brings the young Conan Doyle to life in the second book of this ingenious new detective series.
One day Arthur Conan Doyle will create the greatest detective of all -- Sherlock Holmes. But right now Artie Conan Doyle is a twelve-year-old Edinburgh schoolboy with a mystery of his own to solve. While sneaking out to explore Greyfriars Kirkyard by night, Artie and his best friend Ham spot a ghostly lady in grey and discover the footprints of a gigantic hound. Could the two mysteries be connected? These strange clues lead them to a series of robberies carried out by the sinister Gravediggers' Club and soon they find themselves pitted against the villainous Colonel Braxton Dash. Will Artie survive his encounters with graveyards and ghosts in the foggy streets of nineteenth century Edinburgh -- or will his first case be his last? Robert J. Harris, author of The World's Gone Loki series and William Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, brings the young Conan Doyle to life in this ingenious detective story full of twists, turns and clever reveals.
A strange haar blows into St Andrews' harbour one morning, freezing its inhabitants in a magical mist. A Viking longship docks, and out leaps Loki, the Norse god of mischief. Much to brothers Lewis and Greg's dismay, wise-cracking, havoc-wreaking Loki is back, but this time he's been followed . . . The fate of St Andrews, and indeed the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, rests with our reluctant young heroes and their friend Susie. With a swashbuckling Valkyrie as their guide, they set out across the mythical land of Vanaheim to rescue Odin, King of the Gods, from imprisonment. Along the way they play in a trolls' pig-wrestling team, out-scare ghosts from the land of the dead, oh, and outwit a gang of grouchy dwarves. But will they reach Odin before the real world is destroyed by Loki's mischief? Odin Blew up my TV! is the third book in Robert J. Harris's monster and mischief-filled The World's Gone Loki series.
This is an ebook-exclusive omnibus of The World's Gone Loki trilogy. Join brothers Greg and Lewis and their friend Susie for a hilarious, fast-paced adventure through an alternative St Andrews starring norse gods, valkyries and mythical creatures.
Brothers Greg and Lewis are enjoying a heatwave in the summer holidays -- until Loki, the god of mischief, buries their town, St Andrews, in a huge blizzard! Loki is determined to conquer the universe and will stop at NOTHING to get his way. Greg, Lewis and their friend Susie must make a perilous journey to Asgard, the City of the Gods, to foil Loki's evil plan. Luckily, Thor, the god of thunder, has turned up to help them. Unfortunately, he's locked in the boys' garage . . .
'At that moment the kitchen door opened and something colossal came stomping out. It was about seven feet tall with green skin and tufts of black fur on the back of its ham-like hands. A long, thick tail was dragging heavily across the floor behind it. It was wearing Mum's green summer dress and white apron.' Lewis and Greg have accidentally turned their mum into a troll, and the town of St Andrews into a fantasy world overrun by yetis, elves, dragons and valkyries -- few of them friendly. When the brothers recited an ancient rhyme to conjure up an extra day of the week, they had no idea it would work -- or that the day would belong to the banished Norse god, Loki, master of mischief, monsters and mayhem. As the day wears on, time seems to be lagging behind. Will this day of madness never end? Can two ordinary boys outwit an ancient lord and his monstrous minions?
Get ready for thrills, intrigues, mystery and piracy all set in Tudor England and featuring a young man named Will Shakespeare... I'd give anything for a good horse right now... says young Will Shakespeare. When Will gets mixed up in poaching, his father sends him away from Stratford in a band of travelling actors. On the outskirts of London, a fierce storm forces them to take refuge at the house of Doctor Dee - Queen Elizabeth I's astrologer. While there, they get caught up in a plot involving piracy, magic and the secret of the Devil's Fire . Another compulsive it could really have happened! adventure by the author of Leonardo and the Death Machine.
Adventure thriller set in Renaissance Italy starring Leonardo da Vinci as a young apprentice who witnesses a murder and becomes involved in a plot to take over the city. LEONARDO AND THE DEATH MACHINE is first and foremost a thriller, set against the background of Renaissance Italy. However, the Leonardo of the title is in fact Leonardo da Vinci. This is a totally fictional adventure, but it COULD have happened. When we first meet Leonardo we find him apprenticed to a successful artist in Florence. But although he yearns to be a great artist himself, he's rather disillusioned with his apprenticeship, which has made him more of an errand boy than an art student. Then, when an impromptu street football match ends in an arm injury for his friend Sandro (whom history will know as Botticelli), Leonardo leaps at the opportunity to help out the unfortunate painter who has been commissioned to paint a portrait for the rich Medici family. Little does our young hero know that soon he will be dragged into murder and intrigue, and will be fleeing for his life!
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