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Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more. Here, she draws upon a violent period of India’s history and inter plays that history with a wonderful friendship that develops despite horrific dangers. The characters are brilliantly drawn and the sights and smells of time and place are so well described you feel you are there, on the battlefield, on the plains and in the cities. It’s something entirely different from McCaughrean’s most recent novel, the sequel to Peter Pan but it is equally compelling.
Rusti is a young Tartar, travelling and pillaging with the legendary Horde of Tamburlaine, Conqueror of the World. He dreams of honour and riches, and is proud to capture his first prisoners - an elephant and her keeper. Yet amidst the death and destruction, an unlikely friendship takes hold in this breathtaking tale. This is Geraldine's first novel after the world wide mega success of Peter Pan in Scarlet.
‘Her artistry with language is remarkable, her descriptions so immediate they occasionally leave one gasping’. The Guardian
‘One of the greatest living children’s authors’. The Bookseller
‘One of our most versatile and contemporary children’s writers’ Times Educational Supplement
‘She has the gift of making remote times and places unfold before the reader’s very eyes…what a novelist’ The Independent
Publication date: 26/09/2008
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
|Publication date:||28th September 2007|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
Geraldine McCaughrean is one of today's most successful and highly regarded children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times) and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Geraldine lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and golden retriever, Daisy. Read more about the author here. Anne Fine on Geraldine McCaughrean: 'I reckon Geraldine McCaughrean knocks the socks off every other children's writer today. Everything she does is different and everything works – look at her list of prizes. She must write ...More About Geraldine McCaughrean
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