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Beyond the Mountains

Written by Francesca Gibbons

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Part of the A Clock of Stars Series

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Beyond the Mountains Synopsis

Imogen and Marie return through the door in the tree to a whole new Yaroslav. Miro is king, but hates it. Anneshka is no longer Queen. . . and hates it. When Anneshka hears a prophecy that she will rule the Greatest Kingdom, she seizes Marie, believing her to be key to fulfilling it, and heads over the mountains. Imogen and Miro chase after them, in hot pursuit. But what they find in the lands beyond will change everything again, and see them facing dangers they could never have imagined, both human and otherwise.

Beautifully illustrated throughout by Chris Riddell, exciting and funny, the Clock of Stars trilogy is a timeless fantasy from the most astonishing new voice in middle grade.

Beyond the Mountains Press Reviews

Praise for The Shadow Moth:

An utterly wonderful, timeless magical adventure packed with all the best things about children's fiction.  - Anna James, author of Pages & Co.

A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth fluttered straight into my heart. Sometimes you pick up a book and know - from the very first pages - that you're reading an instant classic. This is one of those books. Prepare to be spellbound.  - Carlie Sorosiak, author of I, Cosmo

Utterly irresistible and hugely imaginative, the first instalment of a thrilling, funny fantasy series finds two misbehaving sisters plunged into a magical kingdom to face a deadly threat. - Waterstones Best Books of 2020

...a sparkling debut... boasts a funny, engaging voice, a strong sibling dynamic and a bold, intransigent heroine  - Guardian

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ISBN: 9780008511296
Publication date: 14/10/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008511296
Publication date: 14th October 2021
Author: Francesca Gibbons
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 496 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Collections: Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021,

About Francesca Gibbons

Francesca Gibbons worked as a copywriter at a marketing agency before leaving to focus on her career as a children's author. The Shadow Moth is her debut novel. It was inspired by the gardens she visited as a child, and her love of folklore and monsters. It is the first book in the Clock of Stars trilogy. 

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