Roderick, a small and furry animal, gazes out from his home high on the side of a mountain. Not far below, a tiny figure is swept from the path by the wind. He races to the rescue and saves Pepin, a squirrel, but when they climb back up to Roderick’s home they find that it has been destroyed.
Seeking shelter in the stormy night, Roderick and Pepin narrowly escape a dangerous band of vagabonds. Soon after they encounter Percy, the invisible man. He tells them how he was lured by leprechaun gold into another dimension and became trapped there by enchantment.
Roderick and Pepin decide to help him and are transported into a mysterious world of tree spirits, elves and other magical beings.
Only the Wizard of Endor can break the spell that binds Percy. The three friends set out to find the Wizard in his castle high in the mountains of Endor but a terrifying monster lies in wait.
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Chapters 1 – 3
Roderick has found himself alone and unsure what to do next when a series of events lead him to make friends with an unusual character.
Publication: May 2019 978 1872970 64 8, paperback, 145 pp NZ rrp $30, 226mm x 154mm
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• Appeals to a wide range of readers, especially those 6 – 12+ who enjoy fantasy fiction
• For fans of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Narnia and Harry Potter series
• Set in a magical landscape very similar to the NZ Southern Alps where The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia stories were filmed
• Strong environmental and personal responsibility themes
• Celebrates the joy of adventure and the power of imagination
Author: Fiona McQueen is a medical doctor, professor and internationally acclaimed academic who changed career direction five years ago and moved away from the city to live with in beautiful Glenorchy, a small town in the alpine region of the South Island. The surrounding landscape was used as the background for much of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. While continuing her medical specialist work Fiona has begun a new career as an author. She is a committed environmentalist, enthusiastic tramper, yoga fanatic, fledgling herbalist and mother and has had a lifelong interest in children’s literature. Fiona’s previous book is The Quiet Forest: the case against 1080. ENDS