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Rhys A. Jones was born in 1955 and grew up in a mining village in South Wales with his nose in a book and his head in the clouds. He managed to subdue his imagination long enough to carve out a career in medicine and writes whenever the chance arises. Rhys lives in West Wales with his very understanding wife. The Obsidian Pebble is his first children’s novel.
The Obsidian Pebble
11-year old Oz Chambers lives in a haunted house. His mother wants to move, but Oz would rather do double algebra (yuck) every day for twelve months than leave. When he and his friends hear ghostly footsteps in the boarded-up dorm at Halloween, it leads to an exploration of the old place’s eerie reputation.
Oz finds a parcel posted to him by his dad the day before he died. Inside is a box, and inside that, a pebble-an artefact of astonishing power and a clue to the house’s secrets. Suddenly Oz begins to change; he goes from maths dunce to A student overnight and has to deal with suspicious teachers and jealous pupils.
But the footsteps in the locked rooms don’t go away and slowly, Oz begins to knit together the strands of lies and mystery that tie the obsidian pebble, his father and the house together. But what he hasn’t bargained for is that he’s not alone in his search for understanding, and that solving these puzzles leads to other, much darker secrets that will test his loyalty and his bravery to the limit.
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ISBN 13: 9781937053741
ISBN 10: 1937053741
Length: 240 pages
Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy for ages 10 and up.
There was no sound at all in the atrium as midnight approached, but outside the wind moaned as it gusted around the stone walls and beams creaked as the old place resisted the elements. Oz finished adjusting his watch and reached down to pick up the bottle when a noise made him start.
Oz looked up suddenly. Maybe Ellie wanted something else from the kitchen. More likely it would be Ruff. But there was no one there.
He started to climb the stairs again. Must have been his imag … Oz stopped and stood stock-still.
Soft and deliberate and sounding very near, the footsteps came again.
The hairs on Oz’s arms stood instantly to attention. He swivelled around. The atrium was empty. Except for the faint moaning of the wind, the only other noise he could hear were the hammers of his heart pounding out a drum roll.
Then they came once more. This time they were distinctly louder.
Oz tilted his head to try and pinpoint exactly where they were coming from. Not above. Not below. Suddenly Oz realised he was standing on the step below the first floor landing. Whatever was making that noise was behind the wall separating him from the rooms beyond. Someone or something was walking across the floor in one of those rooms, rooms that had been locked up for years. He craned his neck to listen. The noise had died. He took another step forward just as something tapped on the wall right next to where he was standing.
Oz jumped and almost dropped the Coke bottle. His pulse took off like an Atlas rocket and he had to stuff his fist in his mouth to stop from crying out. He leapt up the remaining stairs and through the oak door into the dorm.
THE BEAST OF SEABOURNE
Oz Chambers has a wonderful secret; the obsidian pebble, gifted to him by his dead father, is an artefact of astonishing power. The sort of power that makes the year eight science project a hands-down walkover thanks to the the pebble’s genius avatar, Soph. But, there are sinister forces abroad who will do just about anything to get their hands on the pebble, and when fellow pupils start being attacked, Oz finds himself in very hot water. Soon Oz and his friends, Ruff and Ellie, are caught up in a centuries old mystery involving a missing ring, lava toothpaste and a murderous monster known as the Beast of Seabourne”
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press MG
ISBN 13: 9781939392138
ISBN 10: 1939392136
Length: 270 pages
Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy for ages 10 and up