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Kai-ro [Paperback]

Graham Marks
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31 Oct 2007
2499, a strange new city has risen, hot and dusty, dotted with half-built pyramids and ruled over by a dark army. Beneath it all, forgotten statues of ancient gods lie waiting to wreak their power on an unsuspecting world. And one boy will stand up and become a hero, in a classic tale of good versus evil.

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  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (31 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746078889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746078884
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham has spent his whole career in children's publishing, firstly as a designer and Creative Director and latterly as a journalist and author. His first published work was a book of poetry, Seeing is Touching (Taurus Press), which came out while he was studying Information Graphics at Harrow School of Art. For some reason, he didn't see this as a sign of things to come and didn't write anything else for years.

Graham has worked for Marvel Comics writing scripts (which was his storytelling apprenticeship), done an eight year stint as a copywriter in an advertising agency (where they pay you more for writing less) and was the Children's Editor for Publishing News until it's closure in 2008. He has also written a number of TV and film-related books, for characters such as SpiderMan, Wallace and Gromit, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Judge Dredd.

Bloomsbury have published his critically acclaimed YA fiction, including Radio Radio, How It Works - South Lanarkshire Book Award winner, 2005 - Zoo, Tokyo - Catalan Young Adult Fiction Award , 2009 - and Omega Place.

Usborne publish his thrillers for the 8-12 age range, including Snatched!, Kaï-ro, I Spy: The Constantinople Caper and its sequel Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper.

Meanwhile Catnip have republished new and revised editions of the books he wrote in the mid-90s: Strange Hiding Place, Faultline, Takedown (previously titled Skitzo) and Playing with Phyre (previously titled Haden's Quest).

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'thrilling and moving' -- Books for Keeps, January 2008

From the Back Cover

When the Gods go to war, it is always the mortals who suffer.

And when the sun rises on a world where once again Stekh, God of Chaos, and Horus, God of the Sky, walk the land, then battle is inevitable.

A darkness rises in Kai-Ro...

Stretch Wilson's world is a hard place. All he has, since his father was taken as slave labour, is his dog, Bone - until the fateful day when he discovers something extraordinary, deep in the heart of Bloom's Mount, a gigantic pile of ancient rubbish and waste. Something that will change his life for ever.

One boy, alone and abandoned.

Stretch doesn't know it, but he is the only person who can stop the evil that lives in Kai-ro from taking control, for eternity.

And how can a boy do all that on his own?

Brilliantly imagined, Kai-ro is a thrilling adventure story full of dark menace and heart-stopping twists and turns.


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Really enjoyed this book. The start slowly builds up the plot well, introducing really interesting ideas in a kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with seedy characters and cut-throat gangs. With a large cast of characters and a theme that draws on Egyptian mythology, you do have to work a little to keep up and keep your brain in gear. That said, the climax will sweep you along without giving you time to blink, let alone think. Definitely want to read what else this author's done...
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