Barrowman, John Hollow Earth

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Hollow Earth

 
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Lots of twins have a special connection - being able to finish each other's sentences; sensing what the other is thinking; perhaps even knowing when the other is in trouble or in pain - but for 12-year-old twins, Matt and Emily Calder, the connection is beyond special. Together, the twins have extraordinary powers. They are able to bring art to life, or enter paintings at will. Their abilities are sought by villains trying to access the terrors of Hollow Earth - a place where all the demons, devils and creatures ever imagined lie trapped for eternity. The twins flee with their mother to the security of an island, off the west coast of Scotland, where their grandfather has certain protective powers of his own. But too much is at stake, and the twins aren't safe there either. The villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within... (Large Print Edition)

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a fine piece of storytelling (Choice Magazine)

a captivating children's fantasy adventure (S Magazine, The Sunday Express)

Gripping (iVillage.co.uk)

a pacy adventure (Book Witch)

nail-biting, exciting read (Woman's Way)

The central conceit - that certain people, known as Animare, are able to bring to life any picture they draw - is interesting and explored well, and the main characters, Matt and Emily Calder and their hearing-impaired friend Zach, are appealing and given convincing dialogue. The plot, meanwhile, sees sinister forces aligning to exploit the children's powers to open up a netherworld full of demons and there's a good use of lesser-known beasts from myth and fable. (Financial Times)

an exciting page-turner...awash with devils and demons, set against an atmospheric backdrop (Scottish Sunday Post)

a superbly exciting story (Newbury Weekly News)

a world that is sure to capture children's imaginations (The Ulster Star)

a fascinating premise for a story... The potential is huge and there is plenty of scope for more gripping adventures (Parents in Touch)

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Carole E. Barrowman is a Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. John Barrowman has worked in television, musical theatre, film and music, and stars as Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood and Doctor Who. His autobiography, Anything Goes, was published in 2008.

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