The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

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*"A wondrous mystery." --Kirkus, starred review

*"Suspenseful and spooky...with an edgy battle between good and evil." --School Library Journal, starred review

If the deepest secret has been spoken, can the deadliest curse be broken?

Sent into the forest to gather firewood for the medieval abbey where he's an apprentice, Will hears a cry for help, and comes upon a creature no bigger than a cat. Trapped and wounded, it's a hobgoblin, who confesses a horrible secret: Something is buried deep in the snow, just beyond the graveyard. A mythical being, doomed by an ancient curse...

What does this mystery have to do with the cryptic brotherhood of monks Will serves? What does it have to do with the boy himself? When two cloaked figures darken the church's doorway and start demanding answers, Will is drawn into a dangerous world of Old Magic.

*Includes a timetable of daily life in the abbey, a glossary of monastic terms, and a sneak peek at the chilling sequel THE CROWFIELD DEMON!

New York Public Library "100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing"

A 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Book

Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award
 

About Pat Walsh

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Pat Walsh is a trained archaeologist as well as an amateur historian, inspired by the rich mythology of Britain. Born in a haunted house in Kent, she now lives in Bedfordshire, England, with her husband and children. THE CROWFIELD DEMON is the sequel to THE CROWFIELD CURSE, her debut novel. Visit her at www.pat-walsh.com.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Scholastic Inc.. 338 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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now he’s escaping the bowl, bent on vengeance against the Abbey and hunting Will’s pure soul.

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It moans but also talks, so despite his neck hairs hackling at this incomprehensible being, William brings the hob home to the single sympathetic monk at Crowfield Abbey.

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The hob – hobs don't give out their proper names to humans – knows something about it and so do the two unaccustomed visitors who arrive at the abbey.

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Portland Book Review

After his family dies in a fire, 14 year old William moves to the Crowfield Abbey where monks look after him in exchange for his labor.

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Fantasy Literature

Hell to Pay, the third novel in the TO HELL AND BACK series, will be published in paperback and eformats on February 26 in North America, and a couple of weeks later in the UK and other points.

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Fantasy Literature

The story begins when Will rescues a hob — that is, a strange fay-creature – from an iron trap and takes it back to Crowfield Abbey for healing, though he’s careful to keep it a secret from the monks.

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