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In three words: secret worlds - adventure – magic There are echoes of Narnia in this exciting adventure which begins with two children finding a door into another world, not in a wardrobe, but in an abandoned workshop full of old railway paraphernalia. Behind the door Ella and Leo find a magic steam train, powered by squirrels and driven by a young man called Barty Buckle. The children are vital to the kingdom of Izzambard: only if they can find missing special objects will its magic return. The story is full of intriguing and original scenes and will sweep readers along while Ella and Leo are thoroughly appealing characters. Sam Usher has fun illustrating robot butterflies, beaver waiters and a hippopotamouse! ~ Andrea Reece
The Kingdom of Izzambard is in trouble. Big trouble. Griselda, the Master Clockmaker, has stopped time and released her mechanical birds to spread chaos and misery. They spy on anyone who might believe in the old ways of magic and laughter and the whole kingdom lives in fear. Brother and sister, Leo and Ella Leggit are clever enough and brave enough to stop Griselda and her birds - they just don't know it yet. But when a magical train puffs into their lives, driven by the mysterious Bartholomew Buckle, all that changes ...Will Leo and Ella be able to bring magic back to Izzambard once again and get home in time for fish fingers? Hop on board The Secret Railway to find out!
'I really, really enjoyed this story about a brother and sister who discover a secret railway next to their new house.' Bookwitch
|Publication date:||3rd March 2016|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical|
Wendy Meddour is the author and illustrator of A Hen in the Wardrobe and The Black Cat Detectives in the Cinnamon Grove series for Frances Lincoln. The series has been critically acclaimed, and A Hen in the Wardrobe won the John C Laurence Award for writing that improves relations between races. It was also shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for an outstanding first novel. She is also the author of the bestselling Wendy Quill books and writes and paints from her home in Wiltshire.More About Wendy Meddour