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Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls

Written by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction

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Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: magic, knights and double-dealing

Free Lance is a knight for hire, and sometimes has to take jobs he really shouldn’t, which is definitely the case here. The local lord offers him a bagful of gold to go and retrieve a crown from an island in the middle of the alarmingly – but accurately – named Lake of Skulls. The story involves much fighting, most of it underhand, encounters with some really nasty supernatural creatures, and an awful lot of double-crossing. It’s thrilling, gruesome and comic all at once, the authors drawing scenes and characters brilliantly in very few words, while Chris Riddell’s illustrations ooze menace or humour as required.  ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls Synopsis

Free Lance has no master - he journeys from village to village and castle to castle, competing in tournaments and working for his keep. When his horse throws a shoe and he must seek shelter overnight in Lord Big Nose's village, he accepts his most dangerous mission yet - retrieving an enchanted crown from the Lake of Skulls.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls Press Reviews

... a smashing mix of modern, wry humour and lots of manly fighting ... all grit and grunt and comic line drawing illustrations. The language has a comic-book style narrative which is balanced with delightfully gross descriptions ... accessible to the weaker reader, while there's enough humour and plot to keep better readers interested. There's even a teasing wench to add sex-appeal. If you're looking for a book to catch reluctant young teenage boy readers, this is for them. The School Librarian

Offers nail-biting excitement ... Beautiful production and superb integration of illustration and story make this a very attractive book. Times Educational Supplement

Thrill-a-minute quests that are fraught with danger. They may be short on words but these great little books are jam-packed with excitement and double-dealing thrills. Sunday Times


                                                     

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ISBN: 9781781127148
Publication date: 15/06/2017
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781127148
Publication date: 15th June 2017
Author: Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly

About Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

Paul Stewart was born in London. He is a graduate of Lancaster University and of the University of East Anglia's creative writing course. For several years he taught English as a foreign language in Sri Lanka. Returning to England, he continued teaching before becoming a full-time writer.He is a highly regarded author of books for young readers - everything from picture books to football stories, fantasy and horror. His first book was published in 1988 and he has since worked for a number of publishers and had over fifty titles published. Together with Chris Riddell, he is co-creator of the ...

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