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  • Hodder Children's Books

Crown of Acorns

Catherine Fisher

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, For National Curriculum Key Stage 4 & GCSE, Fiction, Children's Fiction, Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

Who can escape thier past, in a place where it curves and comes up behind you A haunting new mystery thriller from the award-winning Catherine Fisher. Currently long-listed for the Carnegie Medal.

In an absorbing mystery thriller, a teenage girl with a past arrives in a city: new name, new identity, new foster family. She has chosen the city herself, and is fascinated by its harmony and beauty, but is clearly in fear of discovery. She is nursing a secret from her early childhood, a secret that produces new terrors for her the moment she fears her identity has been spotted.
A parallel narrative tells of a young architect's apprentice, Zak, in 1750 - working with Jonathan Forrest, a man obsessed with past Druidic mysteries and a new architectural vision for the city. He plans to create the world's first circular terraced street, the King's Circus - a plan greeted with scorn and derision. Zac soon realises there's more than just obsession with an architectural vision; there is some secret associated with building a hidden chamber in the centre of the Circus. But Zac himself has his own confused and highly destructive agenda ...
These narratives are framed by the voice of Bladud - mythical first builder of the city, destined to die in trying to fly. And ultimately his narrative brings all together in a clever and brilliantly intriguing climax.

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Praise for Crown of Acorns


  • '... displays all of her usual strenth of imagination ... she is simply too good to miss.' - Independent

  • ... stands out above all others. Its imaginative scale and gobsmacking finale make it one of the best fantasy novels written for a long time. - Times, Amanda Craig

  • one of today's best fantasy writers ... a deliciously dark and scary ride. - Independent

  • ... imaginative, rich in texture and vividly realised. Catherine Fisher writes with consummate skill and depth of feeling. - The Bookseller

  • One of this year's most striking fantasy novels - Amanda Craig, The Times


  • '... a rich, resonant conclusion to the series.' - Booklist - May 06

  • Vivid, complicated, and thoroughly engrossing, this fast paced adventure keeps readers avidly turning pages until the majestic conclusion. - Horn Book Review May/June 06

  • ... an intoxicating world reminiscent of the Arabian Nights. Highly recommended. - The Bookseller

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Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher is an award-winning fantasy writer and author of the New York Times bestseller Incarceron. The Oracle was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2003, The Conjuror's Game for the Smarties Award, The Snow-Walker's Son for the WH Smith Mind Boggling Award, The Candle Man won the Tir-Na-n'Og Award, and Corbenic was shortlisted. Author of many books for children and two volumes of award-winning poetry, she is particularly well-known in Wales and has been named as the first Welsh Young People's Laureate.

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