Dragon's Green

Dragon's Green

Scarlett Thomas,

Dragon's Green


Canongate, 2017

ISBN 9781782117049

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Who Wrote It?

Scarlett Thomas has always loved stories, magic and mysterious places. She tried (and failed) to write her first novel when she was six. Since then she has successfully written lots of novels, but this is her first one for children. She lives near the sea in an old house full of books, and is a professor in the English department of the University of Kent. Dragon's Green is the first volume in the Worldquake series. She thought of the title of the book when stopping at a café of the same name for tea with her husband. Scarlett believes that the best thing about children’s books is the magic. 

What's It About?

Effie Truelove has made a promise to keep her grandfather's magical books safe from danger. Whatever it takes. But it's not always easy when you're a pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange. Together with her new schoolfriends, Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven, Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld and brave the terrifying Diberi, a secret organisation with plans that could destroy the entire universe.

Fact File

Scarlett’s favourite bookshop is called Big Green Bookshop in London.

“Somewhere in the world there is a magical book. What does the magical book do? It simply changes itself to become the book you need most at this point in your life.”  - Scarlett Thomas, The Seed Collectors

Follow her on Twitter: @scarthomas

Worldquake series website: http://worldquake.co.uk/

Read a Q and A with Scarlett here.


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