Raven's Hoard is the follow-up to The Secret of the Swan. Nate is a young archaeologist who finds himself embroiled in an exciting and, at times, terrifying adventure involving smugglers, Vikings and treasure hunters. He comes face to face with a real 18th century revenue man and his betrothed, Dolly. They become entangled in a race to find a sacred sword and are beset by all kinds of difficulties - not least of all being catapulted between different times. They witness great events, including a horrifying Viking battle, strange discoveries in a graveyard and the mysterious appearance of John Stell, a scribe from Furness Abbey. These adventures take young readers on a rollercoaster ride through time as they pit their strength and skills against their enemies both in the distant past and Nate's present. Furness Abbey is again revealed as a hub of spiritual energy and mystery, holding its secrets close. Nate experiences the loss of two important people in his life, but learns that the end is not always final. He is amazed when he meets them again, in different guises and situations. He soon learns that his adventure is closely connected with events in both his brother and his sister's lives and the story ends with a cliffhanger and the tantalising prospect of further adventures to come... Out of Time 2: Raven's Hoard is an fantasy adventure story for children aged 9-13 years old. Gill Jepson has been inspired by Alan Garner, Susan Cooper and Michael Morpurgo. Like her first two novels, Out of Time 2 is set in Furness, with the Abbey being used as a focal point, and will entertain and educate children with its historical context.
Gill Jepson was born and brought up in Barrow-in-Furness. She lived in London for 12 years but returned to Furness where she now lives with her husband. She has 2 grown up sons, a daughter and two grandsons. She is an experienced teacher with an MA in Education and is a Director of an Education compnay, New Horizons Education Ltd and is a free lance press officer and writer. She is keen to engage children with both reading and creative writing and she frequently visits schools to provide author days.
Gill was inspired to write her debut adveenture story, Out of Time, by a story about Furness Abbey told to her by her father: My Dad used to tell me about the time he encountered the Furness Abbey ghost as a child, says Gill. Since then, Furness Abbey has always been one of my favourite places, peaceful but magical. The second in the series is called Raven's Hoard and again is based around Furness Abbey. She hopes that her books will inspire new generations to fall in love with Furness Abbey too.A third book "The Cistercian Conspiracy" is being written now and will be completed this year. Gill also has a younger children's book available, called "Guy the Grumpy Gargoyle" about a little gargoyle who loses his brothers.
If you would like Gill to visit your school and provide an author event you can contact her through her web site at www.out-of-time.co.uk or visit her facebook page Gill Jepson, Out of Time, or on twitter @gilljep.
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