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    • ISBN:9780349005881
    • Publication date:05 Nov 2015
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The Kingdom and the Cave

By Joan Aiken
Illustrated by Peter Bailey

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Joan Aiken is the author of many favourite children's books, including The Wolves of Willoughby Chase series. When she was just seventeen she wrote her first novel, The Kingdom and the Cave, a thrilling adventure about a cat and his boy.

'The Under People. They live in a huge Cave. They are thought to be boring upwards. Giant worms and flying ants. Underground magic.'

Mickle, the palace cat, knows the kingdom is in danger. He can feel it in his whiskers and he has found a mysterious note in the royal library... (Yes, of course he can read, and speak - if he chooses to!) Mickle can't trust the King and Queen with his mission, so he and Prince Michael, with the help of their animal friends (and quite a bit of magic!), set out on a perilous quest to find the sinister Under People, discover their secret power and save the Kingdom of Astalon.

In her first novel, written when she was only a teenager, Joan Aiken showcases the imagination, wit and storytelling zest that would lead to classics like Arabel's Raven and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

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  • ISBN: 9780349005874
  • Publication date: 05 Nov 2015
  • Page count: 192
  • Imprint: Virago
Joan Aiken's invention seemed inexhaustible, her high spirits a blessing, her sheer storytelling zest a phenomenon. She was a literary treasure — Philip Pullman
It is the mixture of irrepressible gaiety and invention with the tragic that makes Aiken one of the great children's authors...impossible to calculate the number of people who have enjoyed her books - who have had some magic injected into the mundane — Sunday Telegraph
She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew — Amanda Craig, The Times
She's one of the most important and interesting children's fiction writers of the last 50 years — Neil Gaiman
It is the mixture of irrepressible gaiety and invention with the tragic that makes Aiken one of the great children's authors...impossible to calculate the number of people who have enjoyed her books - who have had some magic injected into the mundane
She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew — Amanda Craig, The Times
A writer of wild humour and unrestrained imagination — Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
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