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The Golden Acorn: Book 1 (UK EDITION) (The Adventures of Jack Brenin)
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The Golden Acorn: Book 1 (UK EDITION) (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Cooper
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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

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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 This brilliant story deservedly won the Brit Writers' Awards 2010 for unpublished writers.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)

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.

From the Author

I hope you enjoy the first book in the Jack Brenin series. Book 2 is almost finished and due out in the new year. Book 3 and 4 are planned out and ready to be started once Book 2 is published. The Adventures of Jack Brenin are suitable for any independent reader who loves magic and adventure.
I've written two other books which are due to be published, hopefully in time for Christmas. These are aimed at younger readers in the 7 - 9 year old age range, 'Hawke & Co.' and the other 'Hanging Gate Hall'.

About the Author

Catherine Cooper has taught in primary schools for 29 years. Her love of history, myths, legends and the Shropshire countryside gave her the ideal grounding to write an extraordinary magical children's fantasy adventure.

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Nora tapped her wand impatiently on the kitchen table before speaking to Camelin.

`I'm sure I'm right, Jack Brenin is The One.'

`He can't be, he's so small and weedy; he's supposed to be strong and brave.'

Nora thought for a while before she spoke again.

`He's a Brenin.'

`Well, there has to be a better Brenin than this one.'

`The prophecy's quite clear and this Brenin was born on the right night, in the right place and at the right time. The trees have been watching him since he arrived, they seem satisfied he's The One.'

`The trees could be wrong,' Camelin mumbled in case he was overheard. He knew how fast word could travel from one tree to another. If Arrana, the ancient Hamadryad, heard him he'd be in big trouble. She lived in the oldest Oak tree in the heart of Glasruhen Forest and was always very well informed.

`I'm sure he'll help us. If he doesn't all will be lost. He's our last hope and we're running out of time.'

`If he's our last hope we're doomed.'

As Nora paced up and down the kitchen, the end of her wand began to splutter; red sparks erupted from the tip.

`We need help, I'm going to write to Elan; she needs to be here.'

As Nora wrote, Camelin hung his head; he knew she was right. Time was running out; Arrana was slowly dying. She was the only Hamadryad left on earth and without her protection, the tree spirits of the forest would eventually fade away and only hollow trees would remain. Unless they found someone willing to help them find a way to open the portal into the Otherworld and bring back new Hamadryad acorns, their own time on Earth would end too. As each year passed, Arrana grew weaker. It would need a very special person to accept the challenges, which lay ahead. Camelin continued to sulk. Jack Brenin had not impressed him.

`He's not the kind of boy who's going to care if the spirit of an ancient oak tree lives or dies'

`If he passes the test he will.'

There was a long silence. Eventually Nora fished in her pocket and produced a beautiful golden acorn and placed it carefully on the table.

`Put this where the boy will see it, it's the only way to be sure.'

`I bet he kicks it. I was watching him yesterday kicking cans and stones about. What kind of help could he possibly be? The journey we've got to make might be dangerous, too dangerous for the likes of Jack Brenin.'

`Take the acorn, if he sees it and picks it up we'll know he's The One.'

Camelin scowled. He picked up the golden acorn and reluctantly left the kitchen to find a good place to hide and watch; he might have a long wait. He wasn't happy; Nora was probably right but Jack Brenin was the furthest thing from a hero he'd ever seen.

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