Petronella and the Janjilons

Sparkling Books
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Loved this book - engaged with it straight away - especially liked Betty. Delightful book. Well recommended. Lorraine Baker, Bookseller, Wales

"... a great book for reluctant readers ... A good fantasy read with good vs. evil"
Ann Klausing, Books-a-Million

"There are three witches, a hidden school and a lot of evil in this story. You'll meet characters that will surprise you and the ending is great. Ms. Bentley does not write boring books. I can see a young one reading this book more than once. Maybe they can even write a story of their own..."
Jo Ann Hakola, The Book Faerie

“What happens next? You’ll have to jump on this fast moving fairy tale thriller to find out!” Bill Baker, Maine, USA.

The book
The Janjilons are not what they seem. They look like a type of monkey but they are really children. How did they turn into Janjilons? And could it happen to anyone?

Behind this mystery is someone evil, Judge Ormerod who wants to be the next Duke of Westshire. With the help of three weird sisters, he has to rid the land of clever children from being an obstacle to him. The Janjilons work for him as the three sisters mete out punishment and keep them locked up.

Petronella starts to look into these strange happenings. But time is running out because when the Judge no longer needs the Janjilons, they will be destroyed.
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About the author

Cheryl Bentley grew up in Manchester and now lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband, two children and their dog. She works part-time as a children's nurse. She has been an avid reader ever since she was a child. In her free time, Cheryl likes reading to her children, painting, jewellery making and taking her dog for walks. She says "I have an over-active imagination and like to write stories for my children."

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Publisher
Sparkling Books
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Published on
Jun 1, 2015
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Pages
144
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ISBN
9781907230585
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Apes, Monkeys, etc
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Juvenile Fiction / General
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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The story twists and turns, from the Frozen Forest, to the land of the Lemon Trees, to the home of the Swamp Witch, as the Sculptor’s and Sorcerer’s adventures circle each other. Their inevitable confrontation reveals buried memories that force each of them to confront the true cost of love and redemption.

The Ice Maiden's Tale the perfect story-within-a-story with magic, adventure and romance reminiscent of The Princess Bride for a new generation of readers.

Excerpt:

Mrs. Kinder settled herself in the chair across from the children and cracked open the book. She adjusted her spectacles, ever so slightly, then caressed the page with her wrinkled fingers.
“In our world, when magic happens outside of a storybook, we call it a miracle. And miracles are considered so rare and special that lifetimes can go by without so much as a hint of one. But there are faraway places where our kind of miracles are as common as blades of grass in an open field. In the northern region of one of these worlds, in the top far east corner, past green forests, swamps, lakes, and even an ocean, there lived a young artist named Gabriel.” ....
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"Casper!” Johanna exclaimed in embarrassment.
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I recommend this story for anyone who loves folklore and monstrous fun! From vampires to dragons, from witches to eerie ferrymen, this tale has it all."

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From The Authors
We began this journey together, as father and son, with the goal of writing a story that spoke to friendship, overcoming obstacles (and the ultimate evils in our world), and of the power of working together to face the biggest challenges in our lives. Yes, it's full of monsters, peril, and steeped in exciting mythology and folklore, but it centers around the powerful bonds formed between an unlikely group of friends as they face a unique set of challenges. We wanted to write a story that we would be proud to read aloud to our, then, newborn son/baby brother (who now, years later, has read them through twice more). It has turned into the adventure of a lifetime as we are meeting people from all over the world who are falling in love with Charlie Sullivan, Darcy Witherington, Nash Stormstepper, and the twins Lisa & Liev Vadinknov - along with a wild, often humorous, and mysterious cast of humans and monsters alike.

Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: Witch Moon is the second adventure in the series, which takes us across the ocean to the Old Country, then on to Book 3: Council of the Hunters, where the group's character and loyalty face the ultimate tests when they meet a surprising and spooky new cast of characters. The Dragon Gate (Book 4) will be released soon, and there will be a total of 6 books in the series!

We'll leave you with more kind words from another Amazon reviewer:

"In my opinion, this series deserves to be a huge hit ... I can guarantee you'll be hooked!"

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A plea has been sent to the Monster Hunters of Hunter's Grove.

Hope is dim. 

These are dark times indeed. The light is fading.
The Witch Moon rises.

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