The Queen of Darkness lives under the ground in the shadow of a mountain, Mam Tor. Before she was carried down into the shelter of the cavern, she snatched the two things she could not bear to leave behind - the purple-blue heart of the glacier and the gold of the sun. Out of these she makes a child and names him Blue John. He lives in the caves with her, forbidden to go out into the light. One day a party of children comes to the caves and Blue John follows them out into the sunshine and is turned to stone. (Blue John is a precious stone mined in the Blue John and Treak caverns of Derbyshire. The name is said to come from the French bleu-jaune.)
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Berlie Doherty studied English at Durham University and has been a full-time writer, for children and adults since the publication of her first book in 1982. She has won two Cornegie Medals - for GRANNY WAS A BUFFER GIRL and DEAR NOBODY - and the Writers' Guild Award for CHILDREN OF THE SEA. Berlie lives in the Derbyshire Peak District. Tim Clarey is steadily building a reputation as a fine children's illustrator. He has contributed to a number of anthologies. Tim lives in Cornwall.
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