Troubador Napoleon Xylophone

Released: 01/09/2012

ISBN: 9781780882628

Format: Hardback

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Napoleon Xylophone


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.

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

Disability Horizons,

Inspirational new novel, gives disabled children a voice

Amazing and inspiring story about a disABLED superhero. A superhero that not only gives disABLED children a voice but will hopefully lead the way for more positive representation for people with disabilities.

The perfect summer read for all the family. A wonderful story filled with fresh ideas, fascinating characters and a world you want to disappear into.

Keeping my fingers crossed for a second book

by Amy

After reading this book I can 100% say that I would reccomend it. It is full of many inspirational characters that instantly grab your attention and leave you wanting to know more about them.

The story is action packed and leaves you on the edge of your seat the whole way through, with questions that you can't wait to find the answer to! You really feel for the characters and I am not ashamed to admit that I was left with a tear in my eye at one point! This to me is what a brilliant book is about. Taking you into the front seat and feeling as if you are on the adventure with the characters.

The story centers around Zam - a young boy with a walking disability who meets new friends along the way who all have different personality traits to offer. My personal favourite being 'Q'! These characters need to save Zam's grandfather from the Mandrake Acx. Can they do it? Well that would be telling...

by Caitlin

New voice and new ideas. Inspirational idea to have one of the main characters a wheelchair user. Giving young people a new hero.

Zam is his story going to continue? I hope so.

I like Mrs YY, and I don't want to give it away, so I wont. Read for yourself, enjoy the story.

by Karen

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I thought there was a great cast of characters, that were easy to relate to and also want to befriend!

The storyline had me on the edge of my seat, I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next!

Will there be a second book? I think so... but please hurry!

by Michael

Frank Lambert

Frank Lambert always wanted to be a Zangulator, but had to settle for being a Chartered Engineer. He lives in North East England with his family and a Jack Russell who always looks guilty. While completing a Masters in Creative Writing, Napoleon Xylophone introduced himself. This is his first novel.

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