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The Deep-Sea Duke

Written by Lauren James

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The Deep-Sea Duke Review

Adventure Stories Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 11+ Dyslexia Friendly Books for Teens Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Science Fiction Space

Home-truths from faraway galaxies

Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8

The sequel to The Starlight Watchmaker, which was much admired, The Deep-Sea Duke is a glorious and original story that, like much of the best fantasy, deals with real-life issues, such as climate change, identity and love. Android Hugo and baby planet Ada are spending the college holidays with their best friend Dorian on his home planet, Hydrox. Dorian is a prince and Hugo feels out of place and self-conscious from the minute the three of them step out of their spaceship. He’s upset too when Dorian tells that when their studies finish, he’s going to return to Hydrox permanently; will Hugo ever see his friend again? Things seldom turn out as we expect though, and an encounter with an influx of cute but snappy sea otters reveals Hugo as he really is, even to himself. Clever and strange and full of truths and insight, all delivered in a dyslexia-friendly 100 pages, this is another satisfying and eye-opening story from a writer who can always surprise.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+

Andrea Reece

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The Deep-Sea Duke Synopsis

Hugo is spending the holidays on his friend Dorian's home planet, Hydrox. Although thrilled at the invitation, Hugo is still astonished that Duke Dorian could possibly want to be friends with an android watchmaker like him. But when the pair land on Hydrox along with their friend Ada, they soon discover that there are much bigger problems afoot. A race of butterflies from a neighbouring star system have evacuated their now-uninhabitable planet, and Hydrox is struggling to find space for the growing number of refugees.

Meanwhile, deep in the seas beneath Dorian's home, a strange creature is on a path of destruction ...

Can the unlikely trio step in before the crisis gets out of control?

Dive into a strange new world in this truly imaginative companion to The Starlight Watchmaker.

The Deep-Sea Duke Press Reviews

Praise for The Starlight Watchmaker;

“Rich and brilliantly bonkers ... Its themes of social justice and equality really set it apart in the sci-fi genre”  Belfast Telegraph 

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ISBN: 9781781129593
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781129593
Publication date: 4th February 2021
Author: Lauren James
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 120 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Ecological and Environmental, Fantasy / Magical, Science Fiction, Space
Other Categories: Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 11+, Dyslexia Friendly Books for Teen

About Lauren James

Lauren James is a scientist by day, writer by early hours of the morning. She graduated in 2014 with a Masters degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She now lives in the village of Berkswell, West Midlands. You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James, which she mainly uses to fancast actors as her characters and panics about all of the overly ambitious plans she has for her PhD, or her website at

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