Author(s): Scarlett Thomas
THERE IS MAGIC BEYOND THE REALWORLD . . .
EFFIE TRUELOVE has learned to travel through magical books to the Otherworld
.MAXIMILIAN UNDERWOOD, Effie's classmate, is more interested in the dark and forbidden Underworld.
When Effie and Maximilian both mysteriously vanish, their friends Raven, Lexy and Wolf don't know where to turn for help. Raven is a witch and her horse, Echo, has revealed that Effie is in deep danger and time is running out.
To make things worse, Raven's mother, the author Laurel Wilde, is caught up in a plot with the ruthless billionaire Albion Freake, who, it seems, will stop at nothing to become invincible . . .
Where are Effie and Maximilian? Are their disappearances connected?
And can Albion Freake's deadly plan be stopped?
PRAISE FOR THE WORLDQUAKE SEQUENCE:
The most exciting debut in children's fiction since HARRY POTTER -- JOANNE HARRIS
An entrancing novel that stands on its prose . . . set in a dystopian future after a massive quake has annihilated modern technology . . . She is far too inventive a writer ever to let us feel we've been here before * * Daily Telegraph * *
Superb fantasy ***** * * Sunday Telegraph * *
Lively, inventive, phrase-making fantasy . . . revels in evocative spells, names and descriptions of quaint shops, fabulous food and delicious interiors . . . has something of J.K. Rowling's capacity to delight * * Sunday Times * *
An enthralling tale, set in a sprawling world that swallowed me whole -- Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of THE GIRL OF INK & STARS
A magical adventure that fizzes and crackles with enchantment. I was absolutely bedazzled -- HILARY McKAY
Gorgeous and funny - and a lovely celebration of the magic of books! -- Helen Falconer, author of THE CHANGELING
PRAISE FOR OTHER BOOKS BY SCARLETT THOMAS:
Ingenious and original. . . A cracking good yarn fizzing with intelligence -- PHILIP PULLMAN
Entrancing . . . one of the sharpest fantasies I've encountered -- NEIL GAIMAN
Scarlett Thomas has always loved stories, magic and mysterious places. She tried (and failed) to write her first novel when she was six. Since then she has successfully written lots of novels, but this is her first series for children. She lives near the sea in an old house full of books, and is a professor in the English department of the University of Kent.
The Chosen Ones is the second volume in the Worldquake Sequence.