First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts
“And the best bit is…” Helen flicked a few pages back in the book, “the best bit is, this isn’t some fairy tale like Cinderella that could come from any country. This one is set in Scotland…”
Helen opens the door one night to find a very strange boy on the doorstep. A boy who needs first aid … from a vet. But Helen’s mum, the local vet, only believes in science books and would not believe in this boy, so Helen borrows the veterinary equipment, heals his wound, and finds out how he got injured. She then finds herself involved in a quest for a lost book, a battle by a Borders wood, an ambush in Orkney and a chase through dark tunnels under Edinburgh. She discovers a talent for riddles as well as first aid, and meets many other fabled beasts who live just off the edges of our maps.
This was the first children’s book I ever wrote, and I wanted to use all the elements I love from adventure stories and fairy tales, but set it in the Scotland I know now. So there are dragons and monsters, spells and riddles, but also violin rehearsals, packed lunches, and a mum who expects the heroine to go to bed at a sensible time.
I’m really delighted that First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts won the Royal Mail Awards in 2009, and I’m also delighted with the new cover, by artist Manuel Sumberac, who also created the wonderful covers for all the other Fabled Beast Chronicles: Wolf Notes, Storm Singing and Maze Running.
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