The Hob and the Deerman
Published July 15th 2014
The Crowfield Demon
Published in the UK April 4th 2011
Published in hardback in the US in February 2012
Cover illustration by David Frankland
Repairs begin and William is given the job of lifting floor tiles in a haunted side chapel. There he finds a box from an earlier pagan time containing a small wooden bowl, covered with strange warnings and symbols.
The bowl is cursed and a hideous demon is unleashed within the Abbey’s walls, that will wreak unspeakable havoc. Can Will and his friends summon help in time or is it the end of Crowfield forever?
The Crowfield Curse
Somewhere in the forest, behind the abbey where he lives, is a grave.
And buried deep in the snow is an angel.
But how can an angel die? What has it to do with the monks of Crowfield Abbey, who have taken care of Will since he was orphaned? And why does Will get the feeling that when he looks out, something hidden in the dusk is staring back at him?
On a bitter winter’s day in the year 1347, 14-year-old Will Paynel is sent to the forest to gather wood. He stumbles across and rescues a creature caught a trap – a hob, who comes to share with him a terrible secret. Somewhere in the forest near Crowfield Abbey, an angel lies buried. With the arrival of two strangers to the abbey, the mystery deepens. Will and the hob are drawn into a dangerous world of Old Magic, a bitter feud and ancient secrets. Will needs to unravel the truth and put right an age-old wrong if he is to survive, and time is running out…
Shortlisted for the Times Children’s Fiction Competition 2008.
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Prize 2010.
Selected for the 2010 Booktrust Booked Up scheme.
Shortlisted for the Gateshead Children’s Book Award 2011.
Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2011.
A 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Book.
Nominated for the intermediate category of the 2013 Grand Canyon Book Award.
New York Public Library’s “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing”.
‘…a real page turner…it belongs in the same dark place as The Spook’s Apprentice.’ Joseph Delaney.
*”A wondrous mystery.” —Kirkus, starred review.
*”Suspenseful and spooky…with an edgy battle between good and evil.” —School Library Journal, starred review.
From School Library Journal
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Published in the UK January4th 2010. ISBN: 978-1-906427-15-3
Paperback edition published in the US January 1st 2012.
Cover illustration by David Frankland.