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Be warned! Don’t go for a walk in the shadow forest lest you might not return. Poor Samuel Blink must go into the dreaded woods to somehow find his sister and bring her back alive somehow. With fast-flowing action and encounters with fantastical creatures throughout, the author skilfully manages to maintain a strong sense of foreboding and suspense right up until the dramatic conclusion of this creepy tale. Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award for ‘the book I couldn’t put down’. The winner will be announced on World Book Day at the beginning of March 2009. Other titles on the shortlist will be found in the prizewinners section. Winner of the 9-11 Nestle Gold Award 2007.
The filthy world of trolls is revealed in its full and gruesome glory in this hugely entertaining story about poor Troll-Son who, in addition to his other many woes, has the misfortune to share an eyeball which is almost always lost with his parents. Troll-Son is always in trouble so, when his parents get a visit from the Betterer, a nasty character who preys on parents anxieties about their badly behaved children and offers to improve them with a spell in Bettering Towers, they readily accept. Rather than risk going to the grim Towers, Troll-Son escapes into the forest and sets out to find his human friend Samuel Blink. A sequel to Shadow Forest, this is both wonderfully disgusting and absolutely irresistible.
Samuel Blink is the hero of this story, but he doesn't know it yet. Right now, he and his sister Martha are in the back of his parents car. He has no idea a giant log is about to fall from the sky and change his life forever. He doesn't know that he and Martha will be forced to move to Norway and eat their Aunt Eda's smelly brown cheese. He hasn't the slightest clue Martha will disappear into Shadow Forest. It is a forest full of one-eyed trolls, the sinister huldre-folk, deadly Truth Pixies and a witch who steals shadows - a forest ruled by the evil Changemaker. It is a forest so dangerous that people who enter never return. No. Samuel Blink doesn't know any of this. So don't tell him. It might ruin the book ...
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