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The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) [Paperback]

Catherine Cooper
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20 Aug 2010 The Adventures of Jack Brenin
The Golden Acorn is the first book in the bestselling Jack Brenin series. When Jack Brenin finds a golden acorn lying in the grass, little does he know that it is the beginning of a thrilling and magical adventure. Just an ordinary boy, Jack has been chosen for a hugely important task, and enters a world he believed only existed in legend. Full of twists and turns, talking ravens and mischievous Spriggans, 'The Golden Acorn' is a hugely entertaining and exciting tale from a very talented new author. Your kids will love it, and so will you! This brilliant story deservedly won the Brit Writers' Awards 2010 for unpublished writers. Jack’s adventures continue in 'Glasruhen Gate' and 'Silver Hill'. The Golden Acorn can be read as a stand-alone or as the first book in an ongoing adventure. Once you've read this book we're sure you'll want to read more about Jack Brenin and the magical 'Otherworld' he becomes involved in. Book 1: The Golden Acorn (2010) Book 2: Glasruhen Gate (2011) Book 3: Silver Hill (2011) Book 4: The Lost Treasure of Annwn (2012) Book 5: The Oak Lord (Coming Autumn 2013)

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Product details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Infinite Ideas (20 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906821658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906821654
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (681 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Catherine Cooper was a primary school teacher before deciding to write for children. Catherine's love of history, myths and legends and the Shropshire countryside around where she lives shines through her charming stories. The first book in this series, The Golden Acorn, was the overall winner of the 2010 Brit Writers Awards.

More information about Catherine can be found at

School visits begin on March 1st, World Book Day, and end in October. Should you wish to book Catherine, please use the contact form on her website. There will be more details to follow about book signing events and festival appearances. Both Catherine and Camelin can be found on Facebook.

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'The search for a successor to JK Rowling has become a pressing issue... in the running is Catherine Cooper. Her first book, The Golden Acorn, was the winner at the inaugural Brit Writers' Awards and recounts the exploits of young hero Jack Brenin, as he meets talking ravens and explores mythical landscapes.' --Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer

From the Publisher

If you like magic, adventure and a fast moving story you'll love this book, it has it all.
There's nothing in the story a parent or grandparent wouldn't want a child to read.
'An extraordinary magical adventure', a captivating story and memorable characters.
The Golden Acorn is the first book in the Jack Brenin series. Book 2 is due out next year. Book 1 can be read as a stand alone or as the first book in an ongoing adventure. Once you've read this book we're sure you'll want to read more about Jack Brenin and the magical 'Otherworld' he becomes involved in.
Thank you for your interest in The Golden Acorn from all of us at Pengridion Books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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114 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Acorn - a must read! 22 Sep 2010
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The diminishing magical world is on the verge of disappearing forever, and Jack Brenin, born at sunset on Samhain and the only mortal able to see the Golden Acorn, is the last hope...

When I buy books for my younger relatives, I always read the first few pages or first chapter, to be sure it's suitable. When I started to read this, I just couldn't stop and had to have it for myself!
The magical fantasy genre is rather saturated at the moment, so when something like The Golden Acorn comes along, its pages packed with an enthralling and original story, its quality stands out like a beacon. The magic here is that of British folklore, of Druids and dryads, of water nymphs and talking ravens, and hedgerows that open and close behind you to reveal a hidden path to an enchanted wood. The story has vividly drawn, believable characters such as the instantly likeable, self-doubting but still willing hero, Jack Brenan, and a gloriously bad tempered talking raven. The settings and sights are deftly described and paint a perfect picture in the imagination. If you're thinking of buying this book, I recommend that you do so. There's no reading age guide, but I would guess around age 9+, plus adults such as myself who enjoy really well written fantasy stories. A beautiful book and just the thing for the dark, chilly evenings ahead.

The inclusion of 'The Adventures of Jack Brenin' in the title suggests more to come, I do hope so!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! 24 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So many good reviews for this book already so I'll keep mine short.

A well researched book, with simple but effective characterisation and believable dialogue. The story is interesting and involving and should appeal to young readers with an interest in Roman Britain.

It's aimed. I'd guess, at junior school aged kids though it could be read to younger ones who'd enjoy the stories especially the talking birds, magic and funny troll like 'baddies'.

I'm an adult with a long standing love of fantasy (Tolkien, Donaldson etc) but I really enjoyed this book and here's why:

I found it a lovely book in the sense of the warmth and feeling of safety and love that runs thru the entire book!

Reminded me of half forgotten, half true memories of my childhood. All about innocence and happy endings. There is danger and suspense, the 'hero' knows some sadness in his life and there are some 'baddies' in the book but never doubt that 'good' will prevail at the end!

100% recommended for younger readers and jaded, older one's in search of some innocent escapism from our dreary, recession filled world!

Oh, and the follow up - Glasruhen Gate - is just as good!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read. 28 Dec 2010
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This was the first book I read on my new Kindle. I have to admit that I picked it because it was free at the time I got it, but now I have finished it I would highly recommend it!

I usually read science fiction, but for a change I also enjoy fantasy and children's books.

This book reminds me of some of Philip Pullman's works for younger readers such as I was a Rat and that really can't be a bad thing!

The story contains many of the standards in fantasy writing, a quest, druids, witches, a dragon, magical rituals and many other things to capture the interest of young enquiring minds.

After reading The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell many years ago I always enjoy seeing variations on the classic "Hero cycle" and this book fits nicely.

One thing that this book has in addition to those more usual themes is a flight back in time to Roman Britain! This I felt was the highlight of the book and very nicely done indeed. I can imagine children who have no interest in history being keen to find out more about the Romans in Britain after reading this book.

If I had any writing skill at all, this would be the sort of book I would have loved to have written.

All in all a very enjoyable read and an impressive first novel!

A well deserved five stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical (review on behalf of my nine year old) 8 Oct 2012
By Frenchie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My 9 year old daughter just finished The Golden Acorn. It has been there on her kindle for quite a few months, as she prefers animal stories, and she thought it was a ''boys book''. But she surprised me tonight by asking me to buy another ''Jack Brenin'' book. I asked her why, and she said it was wonderful and she liked it very much and it is magical.
When I asked her to write a review she said she did not want to but I was to say it is a five stars. Jack is ace.
So, here I am, dutifully rating it 5 stars and I have also just bought her Glasruhen Gate: The Adventures of Jack Brenin, Book 2 as she requested.
I hope she will enjoy it as much as she did the first one.
I shall read them both myself later on and add my impressions to this review.
I originally bought The Golden Acorn on the strength of all good reviews and I felt safe not to read it first. I am not disappointed. Thank you to all people who reviewed it before me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read.......Magical........ 12 Dec 2010
By mandynolan TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I really enjoyed this book from the start.

It is about Jack a little boy who has moved back to England from Greece. He is staying with his Grandfather and it seems a family tragedy has taken place.

The book has lots of magic in it and I was reminded of reading the Narnia series as a child.( although it is not as genius as them!!!)

It is the sort of story where the child is at the centre and all these amazing things happen and they just accept them.

The illustrations at the start of the book are charming, I always love to see a map of a place at the start of a story!!!

It is an adventure to help the trees and I think it would appeal to readers 9 and above, or younger if read to by your parents.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it as a good adventure story set in England and full of magic.......Excellent, BUY IT!!!
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I loved this book so much. It was a really good read and it kept me entertained for hours on end! It kept on the edge of my seat and I love the storyline. Love it!
Published 6 days ago by Meredith
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
I find it quite irritating that everyone calls Jack Brenin and not just Jack. There's also far to much dialogue, and it's far to normal. Jack Brenin is the one and all that. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous, Age Is Just A Number
I do not usually take the time to write reviews, but I really wanted to share the joy that I got from reading this book. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not finished
I have just started reading this book and it is very good. the start is interesting and makes you want to read more. Enjoying it so far. Well done
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Published 11 days ago by p j ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good story. Great to read on a wet Sunday afternoon. Love the adventures of Jack Brenin. Camelin is a star.
Published 12 days ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Verry snappy book.
I just want you to read it it is so good you really must read this book it,s so good
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