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An epic fantasy adventure and a future classic for readers aged 8+
“Without a doubt a candidate for our book of the year, Impossible Creatures is the first in an epic new trilogy by one of the most exciting voices in contemporary children's literature. The world-building in this fantasy adventure is extraordinary, packed with mythology and richly imaginative. Fans of His Dark Materials will love this.”
A boy called Christopher is visiting his reclusive grandfather when he witnesses an avalanche of mythical creatures come tearing down the hill. This is how Christopher learns that his grandfather is the guardian of one of the ways between the non-magical world and a place called the Archipelago, a cluster of magical islands where all the creatures we tell of in myth live and breed and thrive alongside humans. They have been protected from being discovered for thousands of years; now, terrifyingly, the protection has worn thin, and creatures are breaking through.
Then a girl, Mal, appears in Christopher's world. She is in possession of a flying coat, is being pursued by a killer and is herself in pursuit of a baby griffin. Mal, Christopher and the griffin embark on an urgent quest across the wild splendour of the Archipelago, where sphinxes hold secrets and centaurs do murder, to find the truth - with unimaginable consequences for both their worlds. Together the two must face the problem of power, and of knowledge, and of what love demands of us.
Katherine Rundell is the bestselling author of several children’s novels and has won the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize amongst many others. Alongside writing children's books, she is also an academic specialising in Renaissance literature.
Number of pages: 368
Reading age guide: 8 to 12 years
Publication date: 14th September 2023
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