Hollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman

Hollow Earth

Author: John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman

Categories: Fiction  

Age range: From 9 years to 12 years

Price: £6.99

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Publication date: 2 February 2012

ISBN: 9781907151644

About the book:

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...

Reviews:

''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

'a sincerely, skillfully written adventure story with an old-school feel and page-turning energy' — Doctor Who News

'fantastically mysterious... Books which transcend age like Hollow Earth are rare - we highly recommend it!' — www.thebookclub.co.uk

'Hollow Earth isn't just any book. It may be the Next Big Thing in young adult literature' — Popmatters.com

'a brilliant read... keeps the reader on edge and hungry for the next page' — Millport.com

'A page-turning supernatural thriller with an educational side, with well researched detail into real paintings by famous artists', Julia Eccleshare — LoveReading

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