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Impossible Creatures


There was Tolkien, there is Pullman and now there is Katherine Rundell. Wondrous invention, marvellous writing.’ – Michael MorpurgoThere’s a place where all the wildest stories began … From Katherine Rundell, winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize comes the first novel in a landmark trilogy for 9+ fans of His Dark MaterialsIt was a very fine day, until something tried to eat him.

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. ‘A marvellous, imaginative fantasy told with great style and sparkle – a book to race through in a day and keep for a lifetime.’ – Jacqueline Wilson’The world of this new book is so intriguing and so well put together that I couldn’t resist it. Readers who already know her books will seize this with delight, and new readers will love it and demand all her others at once.’ – Philip Pullman’Katherine Rundell is a phenomenon.

‘ – Neil Gaiman’Fantastically exuberant, wildly imaginative, impossibly brilliant. Rundell’s best, which is something to be marvelled at.’ – Kiran Millwood Hargrave’Between the covers of Impossible Creatures is a world as enchanting, as perilous, as richly imagined as Narnia or Middle Earth.’ – Frank Cottrell-Boyce’A fierce, fantastic, wild-hearted adventure that roars and bristles with imagination. I devoured it like a hungry dragon’ – Sam Sedgman’A rare and remarkable feat of glittering imagination from a truly masterful storyteller.’ – Catherine Doyle’My Book of the Year.’ – Lauren St.



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  1. Nika

    Christopher is a boy from our world. Mal is a girl from the Archipelago, a magical world hidden from us. Christopher has a special relationship with animals, who flock to him in droves. Mal knows how to fly. When these two children meet by chance, it is the start of a wonderful friendship and an unforgetable adventure, in which they are joined by a griffin, a Berserker, a part nereid and a small dragon. This might just be the biggest children’s book of the year, and rightfully so! The story of Christopher and Mal is exciting and entertaining, there’s magical creatures galore (including the brilliant bestiary at the beginning) and the book is extremely well-written. Definitely one for young and old fantasy lovers everywhere.

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