Quicksmiths Book 2: 'The Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmith' was made possible by the generosity of Arts Council England. Book 3 coming early 2024!
#TenRiddles was part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2022 created by The Reading Agency, in partnership with the Science Museum Group, and brought to life by StoryTrails.
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...such a fantastic book, packed with so many ideas... it’s hard to sum it up in one sentence!'
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.. stuffed with likeable characters and a plot that will keep you guessing until the very last page. One of the best children’s fantasy books I’ve read so far this year. Do not miss it!’
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Kip Bramley has a feeling that there is something more out there, beyond everyday life; something big, something incredible.
So, when he receives a cryptic invitation, delivered by a beetle-shaped drone that appears to be breathing, he doesn’t hesitate. The clues lead to Quicksmiths College of Strange Energy, where a new reality awaits – a reality of wormholes, flying Skimmis, hidden powers, and the mischievous mowl. Soon Kip and his pet flying squirrel, Pinky, find themselves hunting for riddles set 400 years ago by a mysterious genius. But this isn't any ordinary treasure hunt: as the clock counts down, the danger rises...
Will Kip and his new friends outwit the gathering forces of darkness and get to the Ark of Ideas in time to change their world forever?
Welcome back to Quicksmiths College of Strange Energy for more mystery, more riddles and more earthshaking inventions. Strap yourselves in for a rollercoaster journey through time and space that will transport you to impossible places!
With the Ark of Ideas resisting even Professor Steampunk’s attempts to learn its secrets, the trail left by renaissance genius Eartha Quicksmith has gone cold. But then a dream discovery and a freak accident send Kip and Timmi hurtling on a dangerous quest through fantastical hidden worlds.
To survive these strange new realms, they must decipher new riddles, battle monsters and face old enemies. But can they escape the Myriad Pirates to complete Eartha's mission, and can Albert and Leela help them get home safely again?
Loris Owen likes mysteries, enigmas, conundrums, puzzles and synonyms. She roamed around the world a bit before moving to Kent where she runs a mowl sanctuary and spends her days hunting for interesting combinations of words. The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith was her first novel.