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The Blackthorn Branch
The Blackthorn Branch

The Blackthorn Branch

9-12

JUVENILE FICTION

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, (US $12.99) (CA $17.99)

Publication Date: September 2023

ISBN 9781839132032

Rights: US & CA

Andersen Press (Sep 2023)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.
 

Overview

Cassie must rescue her brother from the Fair Folk, who dwell in the underworld of Annwn. But the task is no simple one . . . 

Cassie’s older brother Byron has fallen in with the wrong crowd – it’s soon clear these boys are wild, reckless and not human at all. They are tylwyth teg – Fair Folk, who tempt humans down into the dark places of the world. And Byron is tempted.

When he goes missing, Cassie and her cousin, Siân, follow his trail to an old abandoned railway tunnel which goes down and down into Annwn, the underworld. Here they find that the tylwyth teg are restless – and angry. Their leader, Gwenhidw, wants to protect Annwn from the damage humans are doing to the world. Byron is part of her plan. But Cassie won’t let her big brother be part of anyone’s plan. Can she rescue her brother before it is too late?

Reviews

"A magical adventure with a rich folkloric atmosphere." —Waterstones

Author Biography

Elen Caldecott graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and was highly commended in the PFD Prize for Most Promising Writer for Young People. Before becoming a writer, she was an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard. Elen's debut novel, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant, was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Prize and longlisted for the 2010 Carnegie Medal.