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The Mirroculist Mission

Written by A. J. Hartley

Illustrated by Manuel Šumberac

Part of the Beyond the Mirror Series

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Magic, monsters and tropical travels abound in this fantastical adventure

This exhilarating sequel to Monsters in the Mirror follows 11-year-old Darwen’s second fantastical quest. In possession of a magical mirror that acts as a powerful portal to the breath-taking realm of Silbrica, Darwen previously defeated a host of monsters that came through the mirror. He must now journey to spectacular Costa Rica to battle a terrifying tentacled beast.

The stakes are high, the action is perfectly paced, and the friendship between Darwen and his companions is authentic and engaging. Alongside these essential ingredients of Middle Grade adventure, the evocation of nature and landscape is wonderful – the “rainbow-coloured waterfall, which strobed first turquoise, then emerald green, then a yellow bright as liquid gold”; trees sprouting “slim, silvery leaves that rustled like foil in the breeze”. Moreover, not only is this a gripping adventure, but it’s visually pleasing too - invitingly-designed and further enlivened by Manuel Šumberac’s atmospheric illustrations.

Joanne Owen

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The Mirroculist Mission Synopsis

Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright's ordinary life changed forever when he was given a magical mirror, a portal to the wonderful world of Silbrica. Darwen defeated the terrible monsters released from the mirror once. Now, an even more terrifying beast has escaped through the mirror. Darwen and his friends, Rik and Alexandra, must journey to Costa Rica to save the world from a giant tentacled creature that leaves destruction in its wake. This time, old allies can't be trusted, and the danger runs deeper than Darwen could have ever imagined. The problem with doors is that they open both ways. There are monsters inside, and some of them are trying to get out ...

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ISBN: 9781912979028
Publication date: 04/11/2019
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912979028
Publication date: 4th November 2019
Author: A. J. Hartley
Illustrator: Manuel Šumberac
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 440 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical

About A. J. Hartley

Author A. J. Hartley is the bestselling writer of mystery/thriller, fantasy, historical fiction, and young adult novels. He was born in northern England, but has lived in many places including Japan, and is currently the Robinson Professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he specializes in the performance history, theory and criticism of Renaissance English drama, and works as a director and dramaturg.

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