Published: 01/12/2013
ISBN: 9781783063543
Format: Paperback



‘This is a most impressive novel. It contains a wonderful cast of characters and many fresh ideas, such as the concept of a disabled superhero and ghost doors.’
Daren King, highly-acclaimed author

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Napoleon Xylophone
by Frank Lambert

A changeling padded out from the shadows at the far end of the cavern. It had taken on the form of a lioness, with fur as black as a starless night. It walked towards Ackx and began to lick its master's face. Ackx opened his eyes and something like a smile crossed his face. Something like the smile a crocodile makes while eating its lunch...

Napoleon Xylophone hates his name; that’s why his friends call him Zam. He doesn’t know it yet, but he is set to become a hero – a hero with a walking disability. When adventure comes knocking, Zam doesn’t let his disability get in the way of fighting the changelings, wytes and gargoyles that come to life in the underworld beneath Newcastle. Not when he has a wheelchair that can fly, a ghost for a best friend and a grandfather who has created a new life form that allows whoever wears it to speak to Time...

Napoleon Xylophone is an inspirational work of fantasy fiction that will appeal to 12-16 year old children. The main aim of the book is to give disabled children a voice to help them express how they fit into society. As Zam, one of the few disabled superheroes in fiction, travels through the pages of his story, he shows the difficulties disabled children encounter every day. Zam is more than a teenager in a wheelchair with an amazing story to tell; he is a hero anyone can look up to.

Frank Lambert has been inspired by a variety of children’s authors, including David Almond, Michelle Paver and Terry Brookes.

Napoleon Xylophone is a finalist in the teenager category of the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2013!

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