The Storm and the Minotaur

by Lucy Strange

On Sale: 08/03/2023

The Storm and the Minotaur

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The Storm and the Minotaur

by Lucy Strange

illustrated by Pam Smy

On Sale: 08/03/2023


About the Book

Lucy Strange interweaves the Industrial Revolution with gripping Greek mythology in this atmospheric tale, featuring artwork from acclaimed illustrator Pam Smy.

Money is scarce in George’s family and so at the age of nine he has to join his father underground, hewing coal in the local mine. It’s far from the dreams George had of continuing his education, and it’s also a dangerous way to earn a living that has already claimed the life of his dad’s older brother.

Not long after he starts work, a summer storm leads to flooding in the mine. Trapped down in the dark, George spots a shadowy figure that seems to be telling George to follow him.

Can a ghost from the past lead him back to safety, or will George meet the same fate as his long-lost uncle?

Particularly suitable for readers aged 9+ with a reading age of 8.

Critical Praise

"Superb, an eerie weaving of history and mythology, in the hollow, haunted world of not-so-long-ago." – Hilary McKay

“A tense and atmospheric story … This gripping and heartfelt book confronts the reality of child labour during the Industrial Revolution, and weaves history and mythology together to great effect." – Juno

"Packed with peril, immersive descriptions and atmospheric artwork that brings the historical period to life, this heart-racing story comes to a satisfying ending when the near-tragedy leads to a change in George’s landscape, and a seam of opportunity opens up in a future that appeared to be set in stone." – My Book Corner, Blog


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781800902473
  • ISBN 10: 1800902476
  • Imprint: Barrington Stoke
  • On Sale: 08/03/2023
  • Pages: 96
  • List Price:14.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes)
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Europe
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Greek & Roman

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