Published: 28/11/2016
ISBN: 9781784621094 / 9781785899577
Format: Paperback

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John Holroyd is the author of The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring and Snake Ring at Risk & Other Stories. ... read more

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by John Holroyd

This ring has great magical powers.
It’s said it can even alter the way events happen.

The Snake Ring’s magic is unique, unseen yet powerful. It can change the way events happen, warn good people of danger and lead villains into failure and disgrace. It belongs to young Thomas, who is preparing to set off to seek his fortune. He leaves the ring in the care of his sweetheart, Gerda, but she is careless and allows the ring to fall into a river nearby…

Thomas arrives at the Shining Kingdom, where he finds work in the king’s kitchen. To his surprise, one day the king gives the boy a knighthood and a bag of gold, even suggesting he might marry a princess. But Thomas is true to his love and asks to return home. The king equips him with a horse, a sword, a badge to prove his importance and… the Snake Ring! It has appeared to protect him once again.

Feeling pleased with himself, Thomas ignores the ring’s warning not to take the path through the forest on his journey home. He is captured by robbers, who lock him in a cave and take his ring to the next town to sell it. Meanwhile Gerda is beginning to think Thomas will never return and is being urged to marry another man. Is the ring’s magic strong enough to make a miracle happen and bring Thomas and Gerda back together?

The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring is a folk tale full of magic and danger. It is an ideal read for boys and girls aged nine to thirteen, as well as parents who enjoy reading with their children.

Snake Ring at Risk & Other Stories is a heartwarming collection of fantasy short stories that will appeal to readers age 9 and above.

Continuing on from John Holroyd’s previous book, The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring, this collection centres on the story Snake Ring at Risk which sees Thomas and Gerda’s most treasured possession, the magic snake ring, being the centre of a feud with Gruninax, a mighty wizard. After making a promise that the ring would never leave his family, Thomas is put under immense pressure when Gruninax goes to extreme lengths to secure ownership of the ring. Plagues of locusts and beetles are unleashed, livestock is killed and houses demolished. What happens will surprise you..!

Other stories include Pie and the Witch, Like Nothing on Earth and Jack’s Revenge. Each story includes strong moral messages for children, whether it’s to think about the consequences of their actions or to not judge a book by its cover. The stories are focussed on younger children allowing a direct comparison between reader and character and will appeal to children aged 9 and over, as well as parents who enjoy reading with their children.

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I am Charlotte I have just read the Peculiar Tale of the Snake Ring. I love the book. My tutor Rosie gave it to me. I rate it at 100/100. I like it because I love the way the ring... No, I love everything about it. I love reading and writing books, they make me happy.

by Charlotte, aged 8


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