Celandine : The Touchstone Trilogy

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Set seventy years before "The Various", the second book in the trilogy follows the adventures of young Celandine at the onset of the First World War. Having run away from her detested boarding school, Celandine is too afraid to go home in case she is sent back. As she seeks shelter in the Wild Wood near her home, little does she think she will encounter in a world where loyalty and independence is fiercely guarded, and where danger lurks in the most unlikely places. Celandine's troubled character finds both refuge and purpose among the secret tribes of little people that she alone believes in. These novels are full of mystery, beauty and adventure; this second novel is both page-turning and life-affirming. This is a truly remarkable trilogy.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 131 x 200 x 32mm | 346g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552549681
  • 9780552549684
  • 396,168

About Steve Augarde

Steve Augarde was born in Birmingham, but spent most of his life in the West Country, working as an illustrator, paper-engineer, and semi-pro jazz musician. He has written and illustrated over 70 picture-books for younger children, and has produced the paper-engineering for many pop-up books, including those by other artists - as well as providing the artwork and music for two animated BBC television series. Steve is married with two daughters and lives in Yorkshire.show more

Review quote

"Quality fantasy writing with a fine feel for the past" Publishing News "Beautifully crafted, this book is sure to capture the imagination of readers" Through the Looking Glass "Enchanting fantasy, and very touching" Oxford Times "The narrative pace never falters, the writer so confident and respectful of his creation that the reader is drawn gladly into the enchantment... For all that adults might find to admire in it, it is nevertheless a big, generous children's book" -- Jan Mark Guardianshow more

Review Text

"Enchanting fantasy, and very touching"show more

Back cover copy

Not everything in this world can be understood by us, nor should it be . . . The year is 1915, Britain is at war, and life for Celandine has become unbearable. Bullied at boarding school and haunted by the loss of her brother, Celandine runs away to a place known only to her: the secret world of the little people. But her existence among the Various is no less dangerous than the one she left behind, for the little people are also at war, and Celandine is in the line of fire . . . Hypnotic and uplifting, Steve Augarde's extraordinary sequel to The Various will take you to a place where the magical becomes real, and the real becomes magical. 'Quality fantasy writing with a fine feel for the past' Publishing News Praise for The Various, winner of a Smarties Medal: 'A children's classic' Sunday Telegraph 'The narrative pace never falters . . . the reader is drawn gladly into the enchantment' Guardianshow more

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566 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 28% (160)
4 38% (214)
3 25% (142)
2 6% (35)
1 3% (15)
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