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The Kingdom and the Cave

The Kingdom and the Cave

‘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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Genre: Children's, Teenage & Educational / Children's / Teenage Fiction & True Stories / Classic Fiction (children's

On Sale: 5th November 2015

Price: £7

ISBN-13: 9780349005881

Reviews

A writer of wild humour and unrestrained imagination
Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
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
Joan Aiken's invention seemed inexhaustible, her high spirits a blessing, her sheer storytelling zest a phenomenon. She was a literary treasure
Philip Pullman
She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew
Amanda Craig, The Times
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