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Joan Lennon, born in Canada, has lived in Scotland since 1978. She has written a large number of children's books, including a number of successful series - The Wickit Chronicles, Tales from the Keep and the Slightly Jones series. Her books have been translated into numerous languages.
The bleak but beautiful ancient village of Skara Brae on Orkney is the setting for this original and intriguing novel, and an atmosphere of otherness pervades the story. Lennon brings together the original inhabitants of the village with Rab, a young time-traveller from a distant future where pain and hunger are unknown. Their worlds could not be more different, but relationships are formed nonetheless as Rab and the villagers both fight for their survival. A skilful mix of sci-fi, historical thriller and romance with interesting, believable characters this is a book that will stay with readers for a long time. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from Andrew Simmons, Editorial Manager, Birlinn Ltd Joan Lennon’s Silver Skin is fantastic, gripping novel in which Rab, a young time traveller from the future, accidentally ends up in the Neolithic period. One of the most extraordinary things about the book is that it is set in a real place – the prehistoric settlement at Skara Brae, one of Orkney’s most important archaeological sites. This specific context gives the book an authenticity which is lacking in many novels about the remote past, and Joan’s descriptions of places and landscapes which have changed little since the time in which her story is set help to create a vivid picture in the mind’s eye. This, combined with an exciting plot (Rab and the islanders are each involved in a race against time for their very survival) in which the suspense never flags, and a cast of well-defined characters, make Silver Skin a remarkably successful novel for young adult, and older, readers.
Meet Madlen, Bryn and Cam. These are a girl, a boy and one who's undecided. They're in charge of saving the world - well, three worlds actually. They're just not entirely sure how...Luckily, they've been designed as heroes by the people in charge. The only problem is, they have to set off now, ten years early, so they're still children and they have no idea what they're looking for. Oh, and a mysterious villain is determined to stop them. Never mind, at least they're going to meet some great dragons! Sparkling with wit and humour, this is a real page-turner, energetic and fluent. This is a cross between The Incredibles and The Wizard of Oz .
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