Phelim was the only one, they said, the only one who could save the world from the Hatchlings of the Stoor Worm. The Stoor Worm, who had been asleep for aeons, since it was vanquished by the hero, Assipattle, was beginning to waken. It was the booming of the guns, the cries of the wounded, the dreadful sounds of war that had woken it, and now its Hatchlings were abroad to terrorize the people who had forgotten all about them, forgotten all the ancient magics. But how could Phelim, who was only a boy, after all, save the world from all these dreadful monsters? And where could he find the Maiden, the Fool, and the Horse who were supposed to help him? And as Phelim leaves his home and sets out on his quest, the words of the domovoy ring in his ears: 'You are the one. To stop the Worm waking. To do what must be done.' Geraldine McCaughrean is a best-selling author who has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award (twice), and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. The Stones Are Hatching is now reissued in a smaller mass-market paperback format.
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Thisis my latest novel and the riskiest yet.
Here is an adventure story for children of 12 and over. While researching another book, I kept coming across monsters which, until very recently, were believed in and propitiated all year round. This is my attempt to bring them back to life. Phelim Green, againt his better judgement, finds he has been chosen to deal with impending disaster. He must stop the Stoor Worm waking. In the meantime he and his travelling companions - the Maiden, the Fool and the Horse - must contend with the offspring of the Worm which are hatching out from the stones beneath her warming body. It's scary in parts - apparently more scary than I intended. If you are looking for something to hold a boy's interest, you might give it a try. It should appeal equally to girls, but since when was getting girls to read a problem? Hope you like it.
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Book Description HarperTeen, 2000. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060287667