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The Blackhope Enigma

An old painting… a strange labyrinth… The sudden appearance of skeletons in a locked room… For centuries, Blackhope Tower has been shrouded in intrigue, which seems to centre on a curious painting hanging in the Mariner’s Chamber.

Its meaning has baffled historians, but when fourteen-year-old Sunni Forrest visits the tower, she finds herself transported to the very heart of the Blackhope Enigma, and the painting itself. Can she and her friend Blaise overcome its dangers and evade their ruthless pursuers? And will they find their way home… alive? An age-old mystery is about to unravel. For age 9+, Templar Publishing UK and Candlewick USA

Long-listed for the 2011 Branford-Boase Award, 2012 Amazing Book Awards; short-listed for the 2011 Leeds Book Awards, 2011 Waverton Good Reads, 2012 Scottish Children’s Book Awards, 2012 West Sussex Book Awards.

A Junior Library Guild Selection, Fall 2011

"An impressive debut." The Bookseller

"Sure to appeal to the X-box generation with its fast-paced plot, constantly twisting and turning, and its strong-well-drawn characters." The Scotsman

"Recommended for lovers of mythology and monsters, mystery and magic." School Library Journal

"The plot, like a labyrinth, is full of unexpected twists… a fully realized, action-packed debut." Kirkus Reviews

"Fast-paced and full of mystery and fantasy – a good combination." Library Media Connection

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For teachers and librarians

A great set of Teachers' Notes on The Blackhope Enigma is available to download on the Scottish Book Trust website. It has some excellent questions for discussion and fun classroom activities.

 

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The Crimson Shard

Captives in another time; custodians of a powerful secret. A visit to a private London museum takes a sinister turn when fifteen-year-old Sunni Forrest and her friend Blaise are lured through a painted doorway into the past.

As a clandestine, eighteenth-century world of art thieves, forgers and body-snatchers closes in on them, they must take their chances on the treacherous streets of the city. Can they evade their captors and keep an ancient secret from falling into the wrong hands? And will they find the key to unlock the only way home – before it closes forever? A gripping time-travel adventure imbued with alchemy and intrigue. For age 9+, Templar Publishing UK and Candlewick USA

A Junior Library Guild Selection, Fall 2012

"Flavin is an accomplished writer using an unusual background against which to develop her characters and unfold an intelligent, captivating story." The Scotsman

"The characters are richly drawn and the pace brisk… A gripping continuation." Kirkus Reviews

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The Shadow Lantern

Whatever you face in the chamber, you must never let the flame go out…

When a mysterious old oil lantern and a box of painted slides appear at Blackhope Tower, Sunni and Blaise are drawn back to the place where their adventures first began.

On discovering that the slides conceal secrets about artist-magician Fausto Corvo, the pair find themselves caught up in a deadly pursuit. An old enemy is still tracking Corvo and he will stop at nothing to find him.

Sunni and Blaise must fight to protect Corvo's secrets and rid themselves of Soranzo's evil threat once and for all. For age 9+, Templar Publishing UK and Candlewick USA

"Teresa Flavin continues to display dexterity of mind and a lightness of touch as she resolves the many layers and facets of this unusual and engrossing trilogy." The Scotsman

"As can be seen from the attractive cover, this darkly supernatural mystery story will please many readers who love art and magic... It is a story full of striking images - and this is further developed by the use of Teresa Flavin's own illustrations in the text... Confident readers of nine and over who like unravelling mysteries and exploring eerie worlds full of artistic creepiness may well enjoy all three books in sequence." K.M. Lockwood, Serendipity Reviews

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Jet Black Heart

“Dearest Eli, I cannot wait for the day that we escape ...”

Dory is on holiday on the moors with her family when she stumbles across a Victorian walkers' 'letterbox' and a faded message for a boy called Eli. The message opens a slip in time and soon Dory is battling alongside gorgeous Eli to help save his sister from her cruel father. But is there more to Eli - and his gift of a Victorian heart pendant - than meets the eye?

A spine-tingling mystery combines with elements of the supernatural in this thrilling title with illustrations by the author. Published by Barrington Stoke in the UK. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+.

Shortlisted for the 2016 Coventry Inspiration Book Award in the 11-16 Rapid Reads category.
Included in Book Trust's 2015-16 School Library Pack.

"Jet Black Heart is a novel that draws you into its world of past heartaches and new, real terrors.
Tread with caution... or you're in for a scare." Fantasy Book Review

"A chilling story … to keep the most reluctant reader entertained… a gripping read". School Library Association

"Time travel, intrigue, and other chilling stuff. Lovely." Bookwitch

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