Here Be Dragons
The Snowdonia Chronicles: Book One
- Sarah Mussi
- Paperback (432pp)
- 01 Sep 2015
Ellie Morgan wants a boy who’s all hers. Just for once, it would be nice to meet someone that Sheila
the cow hadn't got her claws in to.
A remote farmhouse on Mount Snowdon is hardly the ideal setting for meeting anyone – unless, of course, you count her best friend George or creepy Darren (which Ellie doesn’t). But when a boy, glimpsed through the mist and snow, lures her up to the Devil's Bridge, Ellie realises the place she knows so well still has its secrets ...
The stronger her feelings for this strange boy become, the more she is in danger: a battle as old as Snowdon itself has been raging for centuries and now Ellie’s caught in the middle.
Something has left its lair.
It’s out there stalking her.
Who ever said true love was easy?
Sarah Mussi is an award-winning author of children’s and young adults’ fiction. Her first novel, The Door of No Return, won the Glen Dimplex Children’s Book Award and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. Her second novel, The Last of the Warrior Kings, was shortlisted for the Lewisham Book Award, inspired a London Walk, and is used as a textbook in Lewisham schools. Her thriller, Siege, was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal (2014) and won the BBUKYA award for contemporary YA fiction. Her thriller, Riot, was longlisted for The Amazing Book Award and shortlisted for The Lancashire Schools Award. Her most recent novel, Bomb, was published in 2015 by Hodder Children’s Books. Sarah was born and raised in the Cotswolds, attended Pate’s Grammar School for Girls, and graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art and an MA from the Royal College of Art. She spent over fifteen years in West Africa as a teacher and now teaches English in Lewisham, where she is also the current Chair of CWISL (Children’s Writers and Illustrators in South London).
- Title: Here Be Dragons
- Sub-title: The Snowdonia Chronicles: Book One
- Author: Sarah Mussi
- Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-910240-34-2
- Rights: Exclusive: UK & Commonwealth (exc. Canada). Non-exclusive: RoW (exc. USA, USA territories, and Philippines)
- Publication date: 1 September 2015
- Edition: First
- Size: 198mm x 129mm
- Extent: 432 pages
- Cover: Paperback
- Weight: 300g
- Retail price: £6.99
Also available as an ebook:
- Imprint: Vertebrate Digital
- ISBN: 978-1-910240-35-9
- Rights: Worldwide
- Publication Date: 1 September 2015
- Price: £6.99
'Sometimes what you really need is something to read that is both light and fluffy but heavy on the adventure — something to pull you out of a slump where you’ve been having trouble reading anything. For me, that book was Sarah Mussi’s Here Be Dragons. It is the perfect book to get you out of a reading slump because it has all the best ingredients: a strong female lead, cute boys, fun characters, Welsh myths, dragons, and nothing too terribly serious. The world-building is light, and the teenage voice is authentic.'
'Here Be Dragons has been another thrilling read from Sarah Mussi!!! She never disapoints! Full of mystery, magic, enchantment and romance. I love this book! It's full of all the classic mythical symbols and creatures one remembers imaging being real as a child walking the hills of countryside! A modern classic'!
Araminta Barnor, Waterstones reviewer
'The book was based around Welsh legends and language, which was very cool to learn about. As it's set around Snowdon, the danger and the mystery of dragons seemed all too real. The way Mussi blended ancient legend with the Pendragon family and Henry, the mystery boy, was very cleverly done.'
Anya, An Awful Lot of Reading
'I was really impressed with the premise, the mix of the old Merlin legends and the battle of the red and white dragon, with a new modern twist. It's got such an exciting start with a physical heroine saving another girl. And it's nice that she tried to rescue the love interest in the story, before she finds out the truth about Henry. I was also impressed with the use of the Welsh language and customs. Great MG read.'
Charlotte, Amazon reviewer
'Mixing legend with modern technology, ‘Here Be Dragons’ is an un-put-down-able story that combines excitement and action with strong and believable characters.
Aimed at teens but suitable for girls from around ten or eleven, the authentic teen voice of sixteen year-old Ellie Morgan immediately pulls the reader into the story and carries us through to the gripping and dramatic climax.
All Ellie wants is a regular ‘four-by-four life’ with four walls around her and four wheels under her, all designed to keep her safe. But safe is one thing that Ellie’s not destined to be … not from the moment she glimpses the strange boy through the mist and snow and sets her heart on discovering who (and what) he is.'
Z. J. Cookson, Amazon reviewer