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Orla and the Serpent's Curse

C. J. Haslam Paddy Donnelly



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Walker Books
01 June 2020
Children's & Educational; Humorous stories (Children's&YA)
A spooky and darkly comic adventure set in Cornwall - Famous Five with a twist.

Orla thought she was in for a relaxing family holiday, but when she finds a mysterious glowing necklace in the woods, it turns out there is a slight possibility she may have uncovered an ancient curse. After meeting a coven of old ladies, it becomes clear that Orla's arrival in Poldevel is no longer a coincidence. She's the only one who can solve this mystery, and she'll need help from the only other member of the family with good instincts - Dave the dog.
By:   C. J. Haslam
Cover design or artwork by:   Paddy Donnelly
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   221g
ISBN:   9781406388480
ISBN 10:   1406388483
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 June 2020
Recommended Age:   From 10 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

C. J. Haslam is Chief Travel Writer at The Sunday Times. He lives in Cambridge with his family. This is his first book for children.

Reviews for Orla and the Serpent's Curse

Set in Cornwall, this darkly comic adventure starts innocently with twelve-year-old Orla and her family on holiday. However things rapidly take a spooky turn when she discovers a glowing necklace in some woods and soon she's embroiled with witches, pirates and a mysterious curse that only Orla, with the help of her trusty dog Dave, can break. Think Famous Five with a twist * The Good Wide Wed * This is a beautifully written tale of an adventurous and unstoppable young girl and her pet dog. * Parent Talk * Orla and the Serpent's Curse, by the first-time children's author CJ Haslam, is a welcome breath of fresh air ...] We pause to admire every view - but the action whips on, resulting in a wonderfully suspenseful debut that will lift the spirits of any child cooped up at home. -- Emily Bearn * The Telegraph * A rollicking adventure of witches and pellers and pirates and betrayal all set in a vividly painted Cornwall rich with language and landscape. Brilliant to see an historical novel with a contemporary setting, that incorporates folklore, history, mystery, adventure and family - and with the biggest hearted dog ever - the utterly selfless - Dave. * Fleur Hitchcock * It was a real treat to get lost in this sprawling adventure full of magic, pirates, witches and a most heroic Jack Russell. Orla and the Serpent's Curse is packed full of adventure, mystery, humour and thrills... All shot through with lots of wonderful witchy magic - this is rich storytelling sure to appeal to fans of Catherine Doyle's magical Storm Keepers series or Robin Stevens' brilliant mysteries. * James Nicol *

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