All is not well in the crumbling castle high above the mountain village of Fracture. The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a new robe. It is a very expensive new robe. To get the cash she will stop at nothing, including kidnapping, blackmail and more than a little black magic. But she reckons without the heroic Gracie Gillypot, not to mention a gallant if rather scruffy prince, two chatty bats, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a grudge - and some very Ancient crones.
An exuberant, fast-moving and wildly entertaining tale, with a cast of characters who are good, bad and very, very ugly, The Robe of Skulls will enthral those who like their stories just a little different.
WINNER of the Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Award 2008
“24-carat gold. I forgot reading could be this much fun.” Philip Ardagh
“A magical adventure for children and adults alike. A genuine page-turner. Witches, trolls, princes and heroes. What more could you want? I loved it! James Mac Kenzie, CBBC’s Raven
Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Ross Collins
Published by: Walker Books
Age groups: 9-12
Themes: Folklore, Myths, Fairy Tales, Supernatural
Next book: The Bag of Bones