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In this spirited sequel, the Brightstorm twins venture to hidden lands in search of a missing explorer and the secrets he uncovered.
The ragtag crew of Captain Harriet Culpepper is off on another adventure! Ermitage Wrigglesworth, the notable explorer and author, has been reported missing in Stella Oceanus to the east. Twins Arthur and Maudie are eager to answer the call of adventure to find him, but their old nemesis and newly discovered aunt, Eudora Vane, is also on the hunt. As Lontown’s most famous explorer families set sail aboard their sky-ships, it soon becomes clear that Eudora’s not just after the missing explorer. There’s a secret she’s chasing, something Wrigglesworth had discovered before he vanished, something that definitely shouldn’t be in Eudora Vane’s hands. The Aurora’s crew will have to journey to uncover Wrigglesworth’s secret first, and will discover new lands and new friends along the way.
Return to Vashti Hardy’s “marvelously imagined” world (Publishers Weekly) in this sweeping and propulsive follow up to Brightstorm, hailed by the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books as “a novel of grandeur and action.”
About the Author: Vashti Hardy is a children's book author who lives near Brighton, England, with her husband and three teens. She has an honors teaching degree and an MA in creative writing from the University of Chichester.
Praise for Brightstorm:
"Enjoyable… Arty’s determination and Maudie’s engineering skills both prove vital in the journey across the varied terrain of Hardy’s marvelously imagined world and its surprising allies, from desert kings to thought wolves." - Publishers Weekly
"A narrative with overtones of both Charles Dickens and Philip Pullman… A ripsnorting yarn." - School Library Journal
"A novel of grandeur and action." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Hardy has drunk from the same cup as Philip Reeve and Philip Pullman. This is a skillful, gripping and hugely enjoyable account of the bonds that keep families together despite the most awful adversities." - Literary Review
"[A] pacy tale of lies and greed versus loyalty and derring-do." - Guardian