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Brian Keaney is an award-winning author, best known for his young adult and children’s fantasy novels Jacob's Ladder, The Hollow People and The Magical Detectives. For a number of years he was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Goldsmiths College and at the London College Of Fashion, and he taught creative writing on the Pembroke College Cambridge summer program. He has a house in the west of Ireland where he spends as much time as possible. His writing has been translated into twenty languages, and several of his books have now been bought by US Film Companies
The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire is a beautifully written historical fiction novel loosely based on Thomas De Quincy’s early life. English essayist Thomas de Quincy (most famous for “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater”) is the first protagonist that we meet, some years after most of the novel’s narrative takes place. The story is told to us in alternating chapters told by Thomas, Anne and Tuah. Thomas we are familiar with; Anne, is a young girl when we meet her. Forced by life, bad luck and circumstance into a life of prostitution. Tuah, is a young orphaned boy when we meet him. Taken from his home by Dutch slave traders and bought onto a ship bound for the UK. Tuah is sold to the ships captain who takes him under his wing and teaches him English until they arrive in the U.K. Thomas after a troubled early life finds himself on the streets of a London as a young man. He has no idea of how the real world operates having been bought up relatively comfortably. You might ask what connects these characters. Well it’s not at all clear at first, but as the narrative progresses we begin to see how they are unquestionably linked. Thomas falls upon hard times when he arrives in London, abandoned by his family, he is discovered by Anne on the street following an altercation with some men of less than desirable character. They are strangers to each other, of different worlds but drawn together by a need for companionship and laudanum … and that’s where the real story begins. The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire is highly recommended for any historical fiction fan. Vicky-Leigh Sayer, A LoveReaidng Ambassador
Quiero dejarles una tarea -dijo el senor McCaffrey-. Que me escriban un cuento, tiene que hablar de una relacion muy importante. -O sea, como una historia de amor -dijo Saima. -Puede ser -repuso el senor McCaffrey. - Y los muchachos? -pregunto Peter-. Los muchachos no escriben historias de amor. -Pero podrian intentarlo -dijo el senor McCaffrey.
Fresh from their weird, wonderful but highly dangerous adventure in Qullipoth, Otto, Juliet and Cornelius are now a part of The Magical Detective Agency - along with the curious, lemon-sherbet eating Maximilian Hawksmoor. But they are about to embark on a much more risky journey - to the very heart of magic. The future is in their hands...
When Otto returns home from school one day to find his mother missing, and then discovers an advert for the Magical Detective Agency, he decides there's nothing for it but to call on their services. In fact, the agency is just one man, a strange character call Maximillan Hawksmoor, who becomes convinced that Otto's mother has been abducted by Elementals - beings who live in a completely different world. It's not long before Otto, plus his friend Juliet and her cat Cornelius, join Max on a strange and dangerous journey to rescue Otto's mother - in a world where anything is possible...
Orobas, the evil creature from the Odyll - the energy field that underlies all things - has made the leap from the shell of the evil Dr Sigmundus's body to Dante's body. In the form of Dante Sigmundus, Orobas seeks total dominion over all souls. In the state of Gehenna that Dante Sigmundus rules, the repression of freedom, dreams and individuality grows ever harsher, and a sinister organisation called The Faithful is being formed to keep the population in line. As Dante is crowned Sigmundus the Second, a new and terrible phase in the history of Gehenna is about to begin, a phase in which the true meaning of the Mendini Canticle will become horribly clear...
The dead cannot rest in peace. Bodysnatchers are plundering the graveyard and stirring up more than they bargained for. It's a job for a ghost hunter! But first Nathaniel Wolfe must take a terrifying journey to the Other Side and put right a terrible wrong...
Part of the Literacy World series that provides support to deliver shared reading and writing, guided reading, ICT and speaking and listening at Key Stage 2 and Junior level
It's seven o'clock on a cold, London evening and in a grubby theatre down by the docks, Nathaniel Wolfe watches as his father - the greatest medium in London - takes to the stage. Which of the dead will speak through him tonight? What Nathaniel doesn't know is that his father is meddling with things he does not understand, things he cannot control. Before the night is over a chilling new world will open for Nathaniel, leading him into a mystery that can only be solved from beyond the grave...A thrilling story of the supernatural set among the winding streets of Victorian London.
In THE HOLLOW PEOPLE, Dante the kitchen boy found that he had the power to manipulate Odyllic Force to confront the evil force that was behind Dr Sigmundus. Now, we meet Dante's nemesis: his evil twin Luther. Luther is being manipulated to do evil in the name of Dr Sigmundus, and only Dante can stop him. Meanwhile, Dante's best friend Bea, is being held captive in a sinister institution, forced to take the drug Ichor, which represses all individuality and creativity. When Dante sets out to save Bea, he has to make a terrible choice.
Dante is a kitchen boy at a sinister institution on the island of Tarnagar. The teachings of Dr Sigmundus hold sway, and everyone has to take ichor when they come of age. No one has dreams after taking ichor. Bea is the privileged daughter of doctors who dreams of a ruined city. When a dangerous new inmate arrives, he stops time and opens up a new world for Dante and Bea.
The Hodder Reading Project Level 3-4 identifies blocks to progression and takes pupils from National Curriculum Level 3 to Level 4. It comprises the Teacher's Resource, Pupil's Book and 6 Readers. Reader 4, Level 4, Jacob's Ladder by Brian Keaney. Jacob wakes in the middle of a field with no recollection of how he came to be there. The only thing he can clearly remember is his name. Is he alive or dead? Jacob is then taken by Virgil, a mysterious guide, to a featureless place named Locus. He is given a grey uniform and becomes part of a mass of young people, all resigned to their fate and struggling to piece together memories of their previous existence. With two companions Jacob sets out on a journey back towards the life he has left. The journey is uncertain; there is no guide, nor any advice as to decisions that have to be made. Challenges, temptations, fearful encounters with strange characters and creatures lead him to the Palace of Remembrance, the gateway back to the real world, where a final (or is it a first?) choice awaits him. >
A boy wakes up in the middle of a field. He cannot remember how he came to be there or even who he truly is. All he knows for certain is his name, Jacob. This is the story of a journey through fear towards hope, a choice between a past you cannot remember and a future you cannot predict.
When Lisa finally escapes from her abusive husband, he will not let go-in life or in death. A psychological ghost story. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.