'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The second incredible instalment of a spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.
It is 1984 and forty years since Simon, Patricia and Evelyn and Larry first stepped through a magical library door into the enchanted world of Folio. When Patricia's daughter, Jewel, makes a mysterious discovery in an old bookshop, she begins a quest that will make her question everything she thought she knew. Summoned to Folio, she must rescue a missing prince, helped only by her pet hamster and a malfunctioning robot.
Their mission to the Frozen Sea will bring them face-to-face with a danger both more deadly and more magnificent than they ever imagined.
What Jewel discovers will change not just who she thinks she is, but who we all think we are...
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Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. His second book, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. There May Be A Castle was a People's Book Award finalist and a Times Children's Book of the Year. The Lost Magician was a Book of the Year in six national newspapers and won the Teach Primary Book Award. The follow up, The Frozen Sea, was published in 2019. Piers has also completed an unfinished novel by his late father Paul (author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Death of an Owl) and adapted The Box of Delights and A Christmas Carol for the stage.
Torday pays tribute to reading, libraries and imagination in one of the most clever and ambitious children's books you'll read this year * The Bookseller, on The Lost Magician * Thrilling, epic, wise. Truly a book for our times. (With extra rainbow unicorns!) -- Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock Gripping, original and memorable -- Francesca Simon, on The Last Wild trilogy Piers Torday is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure. * The Times, on There May Be a Castle * Piers Torday continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best writers for children working today * The Guardian, on There May Be a Castle * Heartbreaking, surprising, uplifting ... proves that stories matter. They really do * The Bookbag, on There May Be a Castle * Full marks ... for a story not afraid to take on some of the fundamentals of life while still managing to preserve the lightest of touches * Books For Keeps, on There May Be a Castle * An excellent, punchy adventure tale with vivid characters and an impassioned eco message * The Financial Times on The Last Wild trilogy * Wildly inventive, moving and gripping ... full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth * The Guardian on The Last Wild trilogy * A whimsical yet thoughtful tale that brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl and Norton Juster * New York Post, on The Last Wild trilogy * Torday's story is alternately sombre, thrilling, and silly, filled with eccentric human and animal characters with distinctive voices * Publishers Weekly on The Last Wild trilogy * Written in vivid and urgent style ... As thrilling as James and the Giant Peach ... The Last Wild may be as critical to the new generation as Tarka the Otter * The Times on The Last Wild trilogy * A gripping, memorable adventure which celebrates the power and scope of our imagination * The School Run, on There May Be a Castle * A magical new adventure from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction prize. * WRD About Books * The narrative is skillfully strung together and the ending deeply surprising, challenging the norms of what might be expected in a children's novel, which is all to the good. -- Philip Womack, on There May Be a Castle * Literary Review * A dazzling adventure by an award-winning storyteller * i Newspaper - The Best Books for Christmas 2019 *
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