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Endymion Spring

by Matthew Skelton

Penguin Uk | May 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Endymion Spring is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
"You've stumbled on to something much larger than you can possibly imagine."

In the dead of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snow-covered streets. The chest, covered in images of mythical beasts, can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent's-head clasp taste blood.

Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something pierce his finger. The volume is blank, wordless, but its paper has fine veins running through it and seems to quiver, as if it's alive. Words begin to appear on the page--words no one but the boy can see.

And so unfolds a timeless secret . . . .

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 7.85 × 5.05 × 1.25 in

Published: May 1, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141320346

ISBN - 13: 9780141320342

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book. great adventure. excellent writing the book was exciting, more than I expected. after reading it I immediately looked on chapters website to see if author had written addition books to purchase
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An adventure between the past and the present Thi story involves a young boy, a little girl girl and their mom who moved to Oxford for the her scholar research. She rekindles old friendships with old teachers and friends while Blake goes out and discovers the mysterious book of Endymion Spring. This is a magical fiction adventure that you wouldn't want to miss.
Date published: 2008-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Matthew does a good job with "Endymion Spring", the book really come alive with attention to detail, the way the pages change when you are reading about the past and the present is very creative. The storyline is smooth and flowing and the idea of a mute as a narrator is imaginative. The mix of fantasy and reality is excellent, and the first chapters leave you guessing and deeply intrigued. Reading "Endymion Spring" is time well spent and I suggest that you should buy it and read it, chances are you won't be dissapointed. Jeremy Miller
Date published: 2006-06-04

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Endymion Spring

Endymion Spring

by Matthew Skelton

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 7.85 × 5.05 × 1.25 in

Published: May 1, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141320346

ISBN - 13: 9780141320342

About the Book

A boy in an Oxford library touches a strange, centuries-old chest that is covered in images of mythical beasts, and can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent's-head clasp taste blood. As he feels the prick of the book, words begin to appear on the page--words no one but the boy can see.

Read from the Book

Blake checked his watch—thirty-six minutes—and sighed.He tried walking backwards now, tapping the books in reverse order, to see if this would help pass the time. A series of stern-looking portraits glared down at him from the walls. Like magicians, they were dressed in dark capes and had sharp, pointy beards. Elaborate ruffs, like squashed chrysanthemums, burst from their collars. The older men had jaded eyes and tortoise-like skin, but there were also a few pale-faced boys like himself. He glanced at their nameplates: Thomas Sternhold (1587–1608); Jeremiah Wood (1534–1609); Isaac Wilkes (1616–37); Lucius St. Boniface de la Croix (1599–1666). Each man was holding a small book and pointing to a relevant passage with a forefinger, as though reminding future generations to remain studious and well-behaved.Blake disregarded their frowns of disapproval and continued running his fingers along the books, rapping the spines with the back of his knuckles.All of a sudden, he stopped. One of the volumes had struck him back! Like a cat, it had taken a playful swipe at his fingers and ducked back into hiding. He whisked his hand away, as though stung. He looked at his fingers, but couldn’t see anything unusual. They were smeared with dust, but there was no obvious mark or injury on his skin. Then he looked at the books to see which one had leaped out at him, but they all seemed pretty ordinary, too. Just row upon row of crumbly old volumes, like toy soldiers in leather uniforms standing
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From the Publisher

"You've stumbled on to something much larger than you can possibly imagine."

In the dead of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snow-covered streets. The chest, covered in images of mythical beasts, can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent's-head clasp taste blood.

Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something pierce his finger. The volume is blank, wordless, but its paper has fine veins running through it and seems to quiver, as if it's alive. Words begin to appear on the page--words no one but the boy can see.

And so unfolds a timeless secret . . . .

About the Author

Matthew Skelton was born in England and grew up in Canada. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Oxford University. Endymion Spring is his debut novel. The author lives in UK and Canada.

Editorial Reviews

“[Endymion Spring] may give Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code a run for its money. . . .
It is unputdownable.”–The Irish Independent

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12