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July 2019 Book of the Month | Winner of the BAMB Reader's Award for Middle Grade Fiction | Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2019
A fabulous new adventure for Fionn Boyle, the new Storm Keeper of the windswept and magical island of Arranmore. Fionn has only recently inherited his role and title from his grandfather. He knows his powers are still only fledgling and certainly not strong enough to resist the powerful magic of Morrigan the terrible sorceress who longs to take control. When Fionn sees thousands of the terrifying Soulstalkers arriving on the island by ferry he knows that an almighty battle for control of the island is about to take place. Can he find the lost army? And can he and the islanders hold strong against Morrigan and her power? Catherine Doyle has added a thrilling new chapter to The Storm Keeper's Island, her first story about Fionn and the amazing island of Arranmore.
Julia Eccleshare's Picks for July 2019:
The Curse of the School Rabbit by Judith Kerr
The Lost Tide Warrior by Catherine Doyle
Owen & the Soldier by Lisa Thompson
Squirm by Carl Hiaasen
Hello, Horse by Vivian French
Fionn Boyle has been Storm Keeper of Arranmore for less than six months when thousands of terrifying Soulstalkers arrive on the island. The empty-eyed followers of the dreaded sorceress Morrigan have come to raise their leader and Fionn is powerless to stop them. The Storm Keeper's magic has deserted him and with his grandfather's memory waning, Fionn must rely on his friends Shelby and Sam to help him summon Dagda's army of merrows. But nobody else believes the ferocious sea creatures even exist. And how can he prove he's right without any magic? As Fionn begins his search for the lost army, the other islanders prepare for invasion. The battle to save Arranmore has begun.
'Even better than its wonderful predecessor. It's laugh out loud funny and heart-breaking in equal measure, with stakes so high that you can barely catch your breath until you turn the last page. This book is one to treasure and it marks Catherine Doyle as a breakout star in middle grade fiction' - Louise O'Neill, author of The Surface Breaks
'Sparkles with wit and wisdom ... The Lost Tide Warriors is an unputdownable adventure - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars
'A masterfully written, truly legendary adventure. The Lost Tide Warriors feels like a journey across the darkest, wildest and most beautiful seas' - Sophie Anderson, author of The House With Chicken Legs
'A wonderfully crafted adventure - tense, thrilling, poignant and really rather beautiful' - P.G. Bell, author of The Train to Impossible Places
'Exceptional ... It kept me on the edge of my seat, had me laughing out loud and made me weep. Beautifully written, emotionally compelling and tremendously exciting, it cements Catherine Doyle as one of the strongest children's authors writing today' - Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones
'The Lost Tide Warriors takes everything that made The Storm-Keeper's Island so special and runs with it - more action, higher stakes, an expanding mythology at once supremely high-concept and so real it feels like it lives just down the road. Doyle is a born storyteller ... A book you won't be able to put down' - Dave Rudden, author of the Knights of the Borrowed Dark series
'Doyle has created something rare, rich and beautiful in the Storm Keeper series; the beautiful writing is so compelling and I already can't wait for the next book' - Sarah Davis-Goff, author of Last Ones Left Alive
'Tender and powerful. This is a gripping adventure ... I really needed this book - a generous message that courage and love are often all the magic we need' - Alice Broadway, author of the Ink Trilogy
Praise for The Storm Keeper's Island:
'Magical in every way' Eoin Colfer
'So magical and wild that it's like being swept away by the sea' Katherine Rundell
'Magical in every way' - Eoin Colfer
'Acutely observed sibling dynamics, a house full of magical candles, and a vivid sense of history interwoven with Irish legend make for a standout novel' - Guardian
'The book of the season (if not the year) has to be this beautifully written fantasy adventure. The perfect summer holiday escape, don't miss it!' - Irish Independent
'So magical and wild that it's like being swept away by the sea' - Katherine Rundell
'A gem ... This is a book that should have any child glued to their deckchair' - Daily Telegraph
|Publication date:||11th July 2019|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Reviewed by Children, Star Books, Summer Reading|
Catherine Doyle grew up beside the Atlantic Ocean in the west of Ireland. Her love of reading began with great Irish myths and legends, and fostered in her an ambition to one day write her own. She holds a first class BA in Psychology and a first class MA in Publishing from the National University of Ireland, Galway. The Storm Keeper’s Island is her debut middle-grade novel and was inspired by her real-life ancestral home of Arranmore Island, where her grandparents grew up, and the adventures of her many sea-faring ancestors. After living in Dublin City for two ...More About Catherine Doyle
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