About the Book:
Ellie Sparrow’s summer gets hotter by the minute!
This adventurous 12-year-old girl just stumbled upon an ancient secret which spells a whole lot of trouble. Now she must fulfil an age-old promise as she becomes helplessly swept up in lives and events surrounding the Great Fire of London.
Forced to live on her wits, Ellie will discover new friends and powerful enemies in the famous city of London. When the Great Fire catches hold, Ellie’s world will shift again. Difficult choices will have to be made, choices that will lead her to the court of King Charles II. Can Ellie’s presence be the key to saving the life of an innocent man?
Targeted Age Group: 9-12 years
Into The Darkness
It fell upon us like madness. Whirling, roaring, splintering, blazing madness. The first to catch fire was Josiah’s butchery, though no one had the time or words to mourn his loss. For a moment we stood like stone, staring into the face of a screeching monster.
It wants to eat us up, quick as a flash. Like a thousand wolves or a starving army.
These flames will not be stopped by water, leather buckets and axes. They are many and they despise us. They scorch and fume at our determination to stand and fight.
The fire teased and hissed, leapfrogging one building only to turn back with full force and engulf it. Then lead windows melted, glass boiled and the place tumbled. Like a ragdoll discarded by an angry child.
“We must go,” I tugged at Mrs Lyon’s arm, coughing on the acrid smoke. Mrs Lyon turned to face me, tears leaving tracks in the smoky grime of her cheeks.
“Where will we go?” she said as if in a daze.
“Towards Westminster,” I implored. “The fire won’t take Westminster.”
We ran. I gripped Dan’s hand, Mrs Lyon followed. The smoke covered us like a shroud leaving barely enough oxygen for our overworked lungs.
“Dan, Westminster,” I coughed “you must get us there.” Now the fire was playing a manic game of Hide and Seek. We would gulp down a lungful of fresh air only for the pall of smoke to fall again. It was disorientating, bewildering chaos.