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Interview with Lari Don & Kelpie Map of Scotland

“My books are about loyalty and bravery and honesty”

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Lari Don Reads from The Beginner’s Guide to Curses

Molly, the Spellchasers heroine, has a close encounter with a kelpie

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Why I Write Strong Girls: Lari Don

‘We’re still telling those old tales with princesses as prizes, so perhaps the revolution isn’t over yet’

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Lari Don: A Season of Endings

‘The end of a book creates the feeling that the reader takes away, the last memory and enduring sense of the story.’

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Lari Don

Children’s fantasy author Lari Don was born in Chile, and travelled widely in South and Central America as a child, before her family settled in North East Scotland. She lived in Tain, Innerleithen and Dufftown, and went to Speyside High School. She st …

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First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts

Winner of a Scottish Children’s Book Award. When Yann the injured centaur clip clops into Helen’s life she decides to help him even though she’s not exactly a vet. But that’s just the beginning…Helen’s first aid kit comes in very handy when she meets …

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The Magic Word

Catriona must write her name on all her thank you notes before she’s allowed to play with her birthday presents. It’s going to take forever! Unless…She puts her coloured pencils and a sprinkling of magical ingredients into a big pot. Then she says th …

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The Secret Of The Kelpie

“Every loch in Scotland, however beautiful, has its cold, dark depths. And every loch in Scotland has its kelpie. But it’s easy to forget those dangers on a sunny afternoon…” Flora is playing with her brothers and sisters by the loch when she notices …

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The Tale of Tam Linn

Janet is forbidden from visiting the woods near her father’s castle because legend says that long ago a local boy called Tam Linn was stolen there by the fairy queen and never returned. But Janet isn’t afraid of fairy stories…Deep in the woods, by a …

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The Big Bottom Hunt

Sandy and Ella are out playing on the beach one day when they spot something sparkling by the jaggy rocks. They run over to see what it is, and find a telescope that someone has left behind. But how will they find the owner? Then they see a funny shape …

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Animal Stories 2: Never Trust a Tiger

As a merchant makes his way to the market, he comes across a beautiful tiger that has fallen down a hole. The merchant is kind enough to help the tiger out of the hole, but once he does, the tiger wants to eat him! The merchant doesn’t think this is fa …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Curses: Spellchasers

Molly Drummond is cursed: whenever a dog barks, she turns into a hare — which can make life quite dangerous…So she does the sensible thing and attends a curse-lifting workshop, run by a local witch. There she meets other cursed creatures: Innes, a k …

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The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away

Molly’s curse is getting worse.The curse-breaking workshop hasn’t exactly turned out how Molly and her friends had hoped. And now something is going wrong with the way curses work.The team need to find the Promise Keeper who controls all curses, but th …

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How to Make a Heron Happy

Hamish is worried about the heron in the park. It always looks sad and grumpy, with its hunched-up shoulders and long frowning eyebrows. So Hamish decides to cheer it up: first he brings bread crusts and biscuit crumbs to the park. But the heron still …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Curses: Spellchasers

Molly Drummond is cursed: whenever a dog barks, she turns into a hare — which can make life quite dangerous… So she does the sensible thing and attends a curse-lifting workshop, run by a local witch. There she meets other cursed creatures: Innes, a …

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Animal Stories 1: The Tortoise’s Gift

One hot, dry summer in Zambia, the rain stops falling. Soon, the animals are very hungry and thirsty. How can they recover? They have heard of a wonderful tree that can produce fruit, but it will only do so if it is asked by name – and no one can remem …

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Breaking the Spell: Stories of Magic and Mystery from Scotland

Meet witches and kelpies, fairies and selkies, brave warriors and courageous girls, in ten spellbinding tales from Scotland, from Orkney and Skye to Perthshire and the Borders…The Stories included are…The Selkie’s Toes * Tam Linn * The Ring of Brod …

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Maze Running and Other Magical Missions

One of Helen’s friends is dying, stabbed in the heart by the Master, and this life-threatening injury needs a magical remedy. Helen and her fabled-beast friends unite, with the help of the dragons, to find a magical token with the power to cure. But th …

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Rocking Horse War

One sunny morning the triplets disappear, leaving only a few mysterious clues behind: an open upstairs window, three missing rocking horses and some strangely shaped marks on the lawn outside. Could they be hoofprints? Used to their silly pranks, older …

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Storm Singing and Other Tangled Tasks

A centaur, a selkie, a fairy and a phoenix — Helen has unusual friends. And in this incredible quest, they face some even stranger opponents, from mermaids to angry killer whales. Helen must help Rona the selkie to win the most important contest of th …

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