Published: 01/02/2012
ISBN: 9781780880693
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James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra
by Colm McElwain

Anything can happen in Orchestra... As mysterious as it is beautiful, the land holds many secrets for the young reader to unravel...

As an infant, James Clyde was deposited at a children’s home by his wounded, blood-soaked grandfather. As a result, he grows up under a cloud of mystery. Eleven years later when he hears about his strange past, he vows to uncover the truth. But before he can, his grandfather hands him a magical and mysterious diamond of Orchestra. With the aid of his friends, Ben and Mary Forester, James must protect the diamond from evil forces.

Soon, however, their lives are in grave danger. They are being hunted by a sinister man dressed in black and his blood-thirsty army. Outnumbered, James finds he must use the power of the diamond to escape their clutches – or become another victim of their murderous quest.

So begins a journey that will transport them to an alternative world where they must confront the mysterious man in black for a final, winner-takes-all battle… James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra will appeal to children aged 12-15 that are fans of fantasy fiction. Colm is inspired by a number of authors, including J. K. Rowling, C. S. Lewis, Brian Keaney and Charles Dickens.

James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra won the Bronze award in the 9-12 year-old category of the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2012.

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The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide, Spring 2012

This book is about a boy (james clyde) who doesnt know anything about his family except his grandfather who he goes to live with every christmas with his friends mary and ben forester.this christmas he finds something out about himself that will change his life forever. he is chased by a man dressed in black looking for a diamond that grants 1 wish that james received from his grandfather.he uses the power of the diamond to escape the man in black's clutches. He then goes to the magical land of orchestra where he finds that he is needed there and I cant tell you anymore because I'll spoil it.

by Peter Mc Phillips


James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra is a gripping and refreshing fantasy novel, sure to excite fans of classic fantasy adventures, from those in the Harry Potter series to C S Lewis’s Narnia novels and J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

The story moves at a terrific pace, and the reader finds themselves rooting for James Clyde and his friends Mary and Ben from the novel’s intriguing start to the final battle with the mysterious man in black.

This is a startling and refreshing debut.

by Daren King, 2006 Nestle Children's Book prize winner


This is an extraordinary and interesting fantasy novel about friendship, betrayal and faith which is appealing not just to younger people but also older ones who still look for some sort of adventure and excitement. It is a refreshing story that captures the imagination of a reader who soon becomes the part of the story. You simply must love the main protagonist James and his friends Ben and Mary. The story begins when James steals some items from a store in order to have some fun with his friend Ben. He is trying to hide from security guards and unexpectedly ends up in the room of the fortune teller who reveals him the facts about his life which the boy finds to be totally absurd. He couldn’t even imagine that his life will become totally different when he and his friends Ben and Mary go to visit his grandfather, Wilmore, for Christmas. Wilmore’s house soon becomes intriguing for kids and they start researching. Meanwhile, Wilmore leaves the house to meet his most awful foe named Gilbert. After a small talk Gilbert leaves but other horrifying creature wounds Wilmore who hardly comes to the house and reveals the whole truth to James. James now knows that he has a large task and he must save his friends and also people of Zara. The three of them somehow manage to escape from their foes after James followed the instructions of Wilmore and used the power of the diamond and the chest to escape in a totally different world. In that new world James is welcomed as a leader and savior. In magical and appealing place, his new friends tell him the whole story of his family, his people and about his worst enemies, Gilbert and Abigail. James is preparing to revenge his father and Wilmore’s death and also bring peace to Orchestra. At the same time, their enemies have some plans to get the third and the last diamond so that they could become immortal and powerful. In the end, they do get the third diamond but are they strong enough to defeat the people who always stick together and who use not only the power of weapons but also the power of love and friendship.

by Merida


 

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