The Stolen Lake
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The Stolen Lake

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Dido Twite, heroine of Black Hearts in Battersea and Nightbirds on Nantucket, is on her wildest adventure yet. On her way back to London aboard the Thrush, Dido and crew are summoned to the aid of the tyrannical queen of New Cumbria. Her island is an infernal place where birds carry off men and fish eat human flesh. The queen is greatly distressed because a neighbouring king has stolen her lake. Dido faces fire, flood, wild beasts and, ultimately, threat of execution in order to get the lake back. Is she equal to the challenge?

A rich mixture of legend, fantasy, humour and pure snowballing adventure.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 224g
  • RED FOX
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099477394
  • 9780099477396
  • 169,734

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Dido Twite, the scrappy heroine of Black Hearts in Battersea and Nightbirds on Nantucket, is on her wildest adventure yet. On the way back to London aboard the British man-o-war ship, the Thrush, Dido and crew are summoned to the aid of the tyrannical Queen of New Cumbria. Her island is an infernal place, Dido decides, after noticing a suspicious lack of girl children and hearing rumors of birds that carry off men, and fish that eat human flesh. But a neighboring king has stolen the queen's lake and is holding it for ransom. Now it's up to Dido and the crew to face fire, flood, execution, and wild beasts to get the lake back -- or else.
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"A natural storyteller with the gift of endless and usually comic invention"
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"The Stolen Lake is zanier and more devilishly fiendish than ever" * The New York Times * "A natural storyteller with the gift of endless and usually comic invention" * Guardian * "Joan Aiken's imagination is inexhaustible" * Daily Telegraph * "Joan Aiken is the best contemporary writer of historical fantasy we have" -- Susan Hill
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About Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken was born in Sussex in 1924. She was the daughter of the American poet, Conrad Aiken; her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge, is also a novelist. Before joining the 'family business' herself, Joan had a variety of jobs, including working for the BBC, the United Nations Information Centre and then as features editor for a short story magazine. Her first children's novel, The Kingdom of the Cave, was published in 1960.

Joan Aiken wrote over a hundred books for young readers and adults and is recognized as one of the classic authors of the twentieth century. Amanda Craig, writing in The Times, said, 'She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew.' Her best-known books are those in the James III saga, of which The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was the first title, published in 1962 and awarded the Lewis Carroll prize. Both that and Black Hearts in Battersea have been filmed. Her books are internationally acclaimed and she received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the United States as well as the Guardian Award for Fiction in this country for The Whispering Mountain.

Joan Aiken was decorated with an MBE for her services to children's books. She died in 2004.
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768 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 30% (232)
4 38% (292)
3 25% (189)
2 6% (47)
1 1% (8)
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