Published: 01/08/2012
eISBN: 9781780888071
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Griselda Heppel read English at Cambridge and worked in publishing before giving up full-time work to bring up her four children. She lives in Oxford with her husband and family.... read more

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Ante's Inferno
by Griselda Heppel

‘Scared of me, are you?’ jeered Florence. The rail moved slightly but she didn’t notice. ‘You should be,’ she added softly. Ante gasped. I must warn her! But it was as if her throat had closed and she couldn’t breathe, couldn’t form the words.
Crack. A tremor seemed to go through Florence. The smile vanished from her face. And in that moment, Ante saw what she hadn’t seen before. They were not alone. Next to Florence stood the dim, shadowy figure of a boy. No time to think who he was or how he’d got there.
‘Get back from the hand rail,’ she cried, her voice suddenly free. ‘It’s not safe!’
The next moment came a crash and a scream. Then all was darkness...

Twelve year-old Ante (Antonia) Alganesh has a problem. It’s lunchbreak and Florence’s gang are after her. Desperate for a place to hide, she climbs the forbidden staircase to the old organ loft, where a hundred years ago a boy tumbled to his death. No one will think of looking for her there... Except Florence. Petrified, Ante watches her enemy approach, leaning on the rotten hand-rail. She shouts a warning, but it’s too late. There’s a crash – and a boy appears from nowhere, just as a door opens in the wall behind them. All three find themselves in a tunnel leading to a river bank where people queue to be rowed across by a filthy old ferryman…

Forced to bury their differences, Ante and Florence accompany the strange boy, Gil, on a journey he should have taken 100 years ago through the Underworld. Making their way past the Shopping Maul and Multivice Complex, attacked by Cerberus, Harpies, Furies and the Minotaur, all this is bad enough: far worse is the doubt gnawing at Ante’s heart...

Ante’s Inferno is a gripping combination of fantasy, Greek mythology and adventure, for children aged 9-12 years old. Author Griselda is inspired by C. S. Lewis and Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth.

Ante's Inferno won the Children's award in the People's Book Prize 2013

Ante's Inferno won the Silver award in the 9-12 year-old category of the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2012

Ante's Inferno was shortlisted in Writing Magazine's 2013 Self-Publishing Award

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Just out - the special Passchendaele Centenary 1917 - 2017 reprint of Ante's Inferno with a new jacket. Watch That's Oxford TV's Community Show on Wednesday, 12 July, 8 pm and 10 pm, or Thursday, 13 July, 4 am (!) and 10 am, to see me talking to Eve Ahmed about how I drew on this terrible battle to create the deepest part of Hell in the book. Freeview, Channel 7.

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