Published: 01/06/2011
ISBN: 9781848766914
Format: Paperback



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In 1967, considering herself to be destined for a life of mediocrity, Barbara Spencer hi-tailed it to the West Indies to watch cricket, the precursor to a highly colourful career spanning three contin... read more

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The Bird Children
by Barbara Spencer

“A great evil has overtaken our land, my Lord... The kingdom of Sudana – that I can keep safe. It is beyond the encircling mountains where people dwell in fear. Fear like an impenetrable shield as when you cover your eyes there is only darkness.”

Two sorcerers: one good, one bad. Jacob, who uses his power to safeguard the Prince and inhabitants of the Kingdom of Sudana; Mendorun who has already learned the secret of positive energy and wields an army of giant crows. Now he is snatching away children, to steal their souls and create birds that can think. His plan? To become the most powerful sorcerer on earth and he will destroy anyone or anything that gets in his way.

The only person standing in his way is a football-mad teenager from Birmingham, Jack Burnside, whose best friend a camel called Bud, can walk through time and space. Jack is in Morocco when Jacob appears with the news that Bud has fallen into Mendorun's hands. Jack must reach him before Mendorun can unlock the camel’s magical powers. Unwilling to get involved in another scary adventure, Jack refuses. He couldn’t help even if he wanted to. He’s on an organised tour with fourteen other boys and every minute of their time is accounted for. He couldn’t possibly help...

… Or could he?

A fantasy for children, aged 9 - 12, The Bird Children is the second of the Jack Burnside adventures. The first, A Dangerous Game of Football, was published by Halsgrove.

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"I decided long ago that you can either be cowed by the absurdities of life or lampoon them."

My love affair with both life and words began in 1969, when ‘Fashion’ Magazine paid me the goodly sum of £25 to write an article about travel. Other articles followed and from these humble beginnings came children’s books, full of rib-tickling humour and scintillating action.
However, my desire to wax lyrical about the absurdity of life remained and whilst journeying by train to some far distant school or to a signing at Waterstones, I began scribbling down my thoughts. Blogs, anecdotes and short stories followed. Now, of an age to remember the past, I thought, why not? There has to be heaps of people around like me … well, not exactly like me but near enough to enjoy and remember how life once was.

Age and the Antique Sideboard will be published in August 2017.

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