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Abi Elphinstone

  • 5 stars across 11 books
    Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood building dens, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher in Africa, Berkshire and London. She is the author of THE DREAMSNATCHER, THE SHADOW KEEPER and THE NIGHT SPINNER, a series of fast-paced adventure books for 8-12 year olds which follow Moll, Sid, Alfie and wildcat Gryff's quest to find the Amulets of Truth and destroy the Shadowmasks' dark magic. When she's not writing, Abi volunteers for Beanstalk charity, speaks in schools and travels the world looking for her next story. Her latest adventure involved living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia...
    1st January 2018

    Sky Song

    'A shimmering thrill-ride of a book. I loved every page.' Lauren St John, author of The White Giraffe 'Sky So... More

    (24 reviews)
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    3rd November 2016

    Winter Magic

    A beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children's writers. The Drea... More

    (16 reviews)
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    28th February 2019

    Everdark: World Book Day 2019

    It is midnight in Crackledawn - a midnight full of magic. Sea dragons stir in the depths of the ocean, silver whales sur... More

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    23rd February 2017

    The Night Spinner

    'Abi Elphinstone's books are full of adventure, wit, heart, and, above all, bravery' Katherine Rundell, author of ... More

    (13 reviews)
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    25th February 2016

    The Shadow Keeper

    'Reminded me of the very best of the Harry Potter books' Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild 'A thrillingly wil... More

    (9 reviews)
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    26th February 2015

    The Dreamsnatcher

    Twelve-year-old Moll Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare - t... More

    (9 reviews)
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    30th May 2019

    Rumblestar

    'Imaginative, adventurous and wonderful' Robin Stevens, author of A Murder Most Unladylike series 'The U... More

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    30th November 2016

    Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

    As the sun rises behind Mount Yuhan, a leopard, a hornbill, a civet and a tortoise ascend a ladder into the clouds. A fl... More

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    4th October 2018

    Sky Song

    'A shimmering thrill-ride of a book. I loved every page.' Lauren St John, author of The White Giraffe 'Sky So... More

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    1st September 2005

    The Snow Dragon

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    31st October 2019

    The Snow Dragon

    You can be late for many things in life, but you should never keep an adventure waiting... In Griselda Bone's gl... More

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