Hootcat Hill is a fantastic debut children's novel by Lucy Coats. Since the day of it's publication it has had rave reviews. Each book in stock is signed, lined, dated, doodled and numbered 1 of 1.

Book Description
In a world next door but one, old magic and technomagic are destined to clash in a funny and exciting debut novel.

Linnet Perry is 13-year-old girl living in Wyrmesbury. Ordinary on the surface, she has hidden powers which she must be taught to use. When the ancient worldwyrm stirs, fear spreads throughout the town. People begin to disappear. Unless the wyrm is returned to sleep, there will be natural disasters and worse - too much old magic will leak into the world, disturbing the careful balance of modern life. Only Linnet has the rare combination of magics needed to embark on the dangerous quest through the natural and spiritual world to redress the imbalance and restore order. But is she strong enough - and willing enough - to confront her gifts, and use them - especially since all she has ever wanted was it fit in and be like everyone else?

From the Inside Flap
Linnet's life is strange enough already. She's used to Wyrmesbury's weird earthquakes, the odd effects of her dad's peculiar Brews and the secretive ways of the villagers. But then two of her friends vanish, and she discovers that she is the Maiden Guardian - a job that no one can prepare for.


'A funny and exciting first novel'


Amanda Craig, THE TIMES
'what makes this novel special is the fey, fantastical atmosphere it creates.'

'charming, enathralling and probably suitable for almost anyone under 11.'

Nicolette Jones, THE SUNDAY TIMES
'A lyrical fantasy full of old, dark magic entertainingly bound up with ordinary life.'

'An assured debut novel, set in a familiar-but-different world, steeped in myth and legend.'

Product details

  • First Edition First Printing
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1842556142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842556146
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm

Linnet must leave behind everything familiar and safe and set out through the Door in the Owlstones on Hootcat Hill into the unknown. Old and new magics have clashed, and the worldwyrm has been woken from its sleep. Only Linnet can subdue it and restore peace and order.

But is Linnet strong enough - and willing enough - to accept her Gifts,
and use them, since all she's ever wanted was to fit in and be like everybody else?

Lucy Coats has been fascinated by myths and legends for as long as she can remember. She worked as an editor in children's publishing and now writes full time. She lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, two teenage children and pets. Lucy's most recent books are Coll the Storyteller's Tales of Enchantment, a collection of Celtic myths, and the picture book, King Ocean's Flute. She is at work on her second novel for older readers.

About the Author
Lucy Coats grew up in a little Hampshire village on top of a hill, and spent much of her childhood outdoors. She went on to read Ancient History at Edinburgh University, then worked as an editor for a children's publisher, and now writes full-time. She is a gifted poet and reteller of myths and legends. She has two children and lives in the countryside in Northamptonshire.


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