John Holroyd - Author

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John Holroyd was born in Sheffield. He qualified as a teacher at St. John's College in York, and his entire career has been in primary education. In schools in north London, Kent and Bucks he worked as class teacher and head teacher, and after retirement, as school governor and primary education adviser. He was an enthusiastic amateur classical musician, played violin and piano. Sadly, in recent years he has been obliged to curtail his musical activities because of a change in his hearing. In recent years family research has been one of bis major interests, and between writing two children's books he has written a book entitled The Family Story which is a history of the Holroyd family from 1750 until 2015. In 2011 John relocated to Shropshire where he now lives. John's previous book The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring was published in 2015.

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Snake Ring in Flight

Snake Ring in Flight

Author: John Holroyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2018

The Snake Ring returns to help an innocent family triumph over an evil wizard... With strong moral messages threaded throughout, readers of 9+ will enjoy this charming world of wizards and magic. Snake Ring in Flight takes the young reader back in time to when magic was everywhere and wizardry was a serious business. Important people had their own private wizards: the king's wizard was Frederic, and the queen's sorceress was Friedabel. There was even a trade union of sorts called the `Wizardry Ladder'. The top twenty members of which are responsible for the rules and making sure they are kept. Breaking the rules can bring punishment - as one wicked wizard called Fruminax discovers as he breaks three important rules and is sentenced to live quietly in the village, only to use magic to entertain children. Our story begins 15 years later, with Friedabel's family little suspecting that Fruminax is about to play out his master plan. Its purpose is to punish the family and leave him in possession of the magic Snake Ring. He bewitches the granddaughter Belle and takes her away, laying a false trail for her brother to follow to the prince's castle. Belle and Tom must find the courage and faith to triumph over their trials, enlisting the power of the Snake Ring. Will Fruminax's plan be foiled? Will Belle and Tom make it home? And when challenged to a magical contest by Fruminax, will the hero win - or the villain...? Praise for John Holroyd's previous books: These are appealing stories. - British Fantasy Society Each story inSnake Ring at Risk and Other Storiesfeatures a strong moral message and young characters, so it's easy for 9+ readers to relate to them and understand actions and consequences. - Lovereading4kids

Strange Tale of the Snake Ring

Strange Tale of the Snake Ring

Author: John Holroyd Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2017

The Snake Ring's magic is unique, unseen yet powerful. It can change the way events happen, warn good people of danger and lead villains into failure and disgrace. It belongs to young Thomas, who is preparing to set off to seek his fortune. He leaves the ring in the care of his sweetheart, Gerda, but she is careless and allows the ring to fall into a river nearby... Thomas arrives at the Shining Kingdom, where he finds work in the king's kitchen. To his surprise, one day the king gives the boy a knighthood and a bag of gold, even suggesting he might marry a princess. But Thomas is true to his love and asks to return home. The king equips him with a horse, a sword, a badge to prove his importance and... the Snake Ring! It has appeared to protect him once again. Feeling pleased with himself, Thomas ignores the ring's warning not to take the path through the forest on his journey home. He is captured by robbers, who lock him in a cave and take his ring to the next town to sell it. Meanwhile Gerda is beginning to think Thomas will never return and is being urged to marry another man. Is the ring's magic strong enough to make a miracle happen and bring Thomas and Gerda back together? The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring is a folk tale full of magic and danger. It is an ideal read for boys and girls aged nine to thirteen, as well as parents who enjoy reading with their children.

Snake Ring at Risk & Other Stories

Snake Ring at Risk & Other Stories

Author: John Holroyd Format: eBook Release Date: 28/11/2016

Snake Ring at Risk & Other Stories is a heartwarming collection of fantasy short stories that will appeal to readers age 9 and above. Continuing on from John Holroyd's previous book, The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring, this collection centres on the story Snake Ring at Risk which sees Thomas and Gerda's most treasured possession, the magic snake ring, being the centre of a feud with Gruninax, a mighty wizard. After making a promise that the ring would never leave his family, Thomas is put under immense pressure when Gruninax goes to extreme lengths to secure ownership of the ring. Plagues of locusts and beetles are unleashed, livestock is killed and houses demolished. What happens will surprise you..! Other stories include Pie and the Witch, Like Nothing on Earth and Jack's Revenge. Each story includes strong moral messages for children, whether it's to think about the consequences of their actions or to not judge a book by its cover. The stories are focussed on younger children allowing a direct comparison between reader and character and will appeal to children aged 9 and over, as well as parents who enjoy reading with their children.

The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring

The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring

Author: John Holroyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2015

The Snake Ring's magic is unique, unseen yet powerful. It can change the way events happen, warn good people of danger and lead villains into failure and disgrace. It belongs to young Thomas, who is preparing to set off to seek his fortune. He leaves the ring in the care of his sweetheart, Gerda, but she is careless and allows the ring to fall into a river nearby... Thomas arrives at the Shining Kingdom, where he finds work in the king's kitchen. To his surprise, one day the king gives the boy a knighthood and a bag of gold, even suggesting he might marry a princess. But Thomas is true to his love and asks to return home. The king equips him with a horse, a sword, a badge to prove his importance and... the Snake Ring! It has appeared to protect him once again. Feeling pleased with himself, Thomas ignores the ring's warning not to take the path through the forest on his journey home. He is captured by robbers, who lock him in a cave and take his ring to the next town to sell it. Meanwhile Gerda is beginning to think Thomas will never return and is being urged to marry another man. Is the ring's magic strong enough to make a miracle happen and bring Thomas and Gerda back together? The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring is a folk tale full of magic and danger. It is an ideal read for boys and girls aged nine to thirteen, as well as parents who enjoy reading with their children.

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