The paperbacks of the exciting new six-book series by the bestselling author, Kate Forsyth
Book 1 – 9th-12th August, 1658:
Once there was a gypsy queen who wore on her wrist a chain of six lucky charms – a golden crown, a silver horse, a butterfly caught in amber, a cat's eye shell, a bolt of lightning forged from the heart of a falling star, and the flower of the rue plant, herb of grace. The queen gave each of her six children one of the charms as their lucky talisman, but ever since the chain of charms was broken, the gypsies had been dogged with misfortune.
Life had always been hard for the gypsies, who live to their own rhythm and their own rules, but since Oliver Cromwell had seized control of England, life had been harder – and drabber – than ever. But now life for the Finch tribe has gone even more horribly wrong. They have been accused of vagrancy and murder, and thrown into gaol with only three weeks to live. The only members of the family to escape are 13-year-old Emilia and her cousin Luka. They have been entrusted to find the six charms and bring them together again. Then, perhaps, the gypsies could once again have some luck... And the Finch tribe could walk free.
What Emilia and Luka do not realise is that there is a price to be paid for each lucky charm, and that the cost may prove too high...
About the Author
Kate Forsyth is a bestselling author across several genres. Her titles include the adult fantasy series, Witches of Eileanan, the young adult fantasy, The Starthorn Tree, and Wishing for Trouble and Dragon Gold for middle-grade readers. Kate lives with her husband, three children and a black cat called Shadow in Sydney.
Jeremy Reston is young up and coming illustrator. He has illustrated a few of the Quentaris Chronicles and the covers of the Danika books.
A Gypsy family in Cromwell's England shrugs off old Maggie Finch's gloomy warnings and heads to the fair to make some money entertaining the crowds. When the contemptuous local pastor and Cromwell's villainous agent Coldham confront this "tribe of infidels," mayhem erupts, and most of the hapless Finches get tossed in jail. Thirteen-year-old Emilia and her cousin Luka escape to get help, and so begins their suspenseful, 20-day race with time against the day the magistrates will hang their loved ones. Emilia, who has "the eye" like her fortunetelling baba, is charged with reuniting five charms from five widely dispersed Gypsy families to form a magic chain powerful enough to save the day. Trudging through the spy-ridden countryside with Coldham on their heels, the two heroes (and their horse, dog, bear and monkey companions) bravely persevere. While the historical context seems occasionally overexplained and the actual plot occasionally underexplained, this fast-paced adventure, published in Australia as a six-book series called the Chain of Charms, is a multifaceted tale told with zeal and heart. (historical note) (Fiction. 12-14) (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Chain of Charms
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st June 2008
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 11.1 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.12
Edition Number: 1