15-year-old Marieke disguises herself as a boy at the all-male archers’ guild of St. Sebastian, which she suspects houses her father’s killers. When the handsome Journeyman archer Tristan takes her under his wing as his squire, soon she’s determined to help him win the annual guild trials, to earn the honors robbed of her own father. Keeping her identity hidden will be hard. Living among a pack of gorgeous boys without giving herself away? That will be harder still. But the hardest thing of all will be keeping the vow she makes for herself to see Tristan become the next guardsman without ever letting him find out she’s a girl – a girl who loves him. Robin Hood meets Mulan and Princess Bride in this frothy but literate romp through medieval Belgium that’s packed with slow-burn romance, lust, longing, angst, humor, and plenty of longbow archery competitions.
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What would you do if you discovered nothing was as you thought, and the fate of your friends, perhaps even the world was in your hands?
That’s the reality Peter must face in this award-winning middle Grade adventure, The Viking’s Apprentice.
Campbell’s Cove is a small town surrounded in mystery and intrigue. The history of the Cove tells us of dragons, trolls, goblins and the evil Master who stole children, livestock and, strangest of all, eggs from the Cove every year. Aided by the hideous monster, Tolldruck there seemed no stopping their evil plan.
That was until, centuries ago, a Viking warrior came to Campbell’s Cove and vowed to rid it of all evil, and claim the prize offered by the mysterious church elders. The Viking succeeded and everything returned to normal. The evil was gone, and Campbell’s Cove was safe again… Until now.
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When Peter and George visit Peter’s Granddad’s amazing mansion in Campbell’s Cove for the summer holidays they had no idea it would change their lives forever. Deep beneath them in the caves of the Cove an evil has returned, an evil which threatens to destroy everything they believed to be true about the world.
Peter must learn who he really is, and what he must do to save the children of the Cove. Together with George and his Granddad they go on an adventure that reveals secrets, test friendships and confronts their biggest fears. Can Peter save the children? Can the Master be stopped? Find out in The Viking’s Apprentice.
Around Lake Fibian, Max, Cristobel, and Spyder are notorious. Stories of their pranks and troublemaking ways have followed them all of their lives. When they hear the tales about a creature called the Hoppernot, they believe the Elders are making up stories to keep young frogs (okay, mostly them) in line.
But when frightened Elders announce a Hoppernot sighting, the trio think they know exactly what to do. With a nose for adventure—and because the Elders are all talk and no hop—they sneak off to find out if the legendary creatures are real and discover Hoppernots not only exist, but they are destroying their home and putting lives at risk.
The adventure begins when Max, Cristobel, and Spyder issue a call to action to drive the dangerous creatures away from their beloved home. Along the way, they discover a secret weapon, an unlikely alliance, and they must find a way to make the Elders forget their troublemaking past and trust them enough to follow them into a battle of survival and fight for the lake they call home or risk losing it . . . and their lives.