Talendia: The Lost Boy
Talendia: The Lost Boy
The Lost Boy is the first novel in the Talendia series and A. E. Colmer's debut novel.
A fantastic world hidden beneath our own. A resourceful heroine and hero with a mystery to unravel. The story began in Merrymead, a fictional town in Cornwall, where a young boy, Samuel Lucas, vanished after a stormy night chasing a cat in his uncle's garden and discovered a staircase in the trunk of an old mulberry tree. The only clue to his disappearance was his book "Tales from Talendia" that he had received from his uncle the same day. Thirty years later, a young and troubled girl called Frida, who lives in London with her single mother meets a mysterious bookseller who sells an old book with the same title to her. Frida quickly notices that the book is dedicated to Samuel Lucas. The same night, Frida and her mother have strange visitors who can turn into birds and are seeking Frida out. She manages to escape from them through a small door under her bed that leads her to Talendia, a kingdom inhabited by wizards, witches, centaurs, dwarves and other fantastic creatures. Frida quickly makes friends, but realises that Talendia must face a dangerous enemy. She comes to believe that Samuel also somehow got to this magical world. She is determined to find him before it is too late for all of them.
The main character of the novel is Frida, an 11-year-old-girl with mixed Irish and Indian background who lives with her single mother in London. She is a determined young person who has a very strong sense of fairness and is not afraid of standing up for the right cause or protect her friends if needed. Apart from her there are many other strong female characters in The Lost Boy, including two good witches, a magical shop owner and the queen of one of the three kingdoms appearing in the book. These female characters represent not only gender but also cultural diversity. It was important to me to emphasise what women are capable of and that no matter who they are and where they came from as long as they share the same values. This is true about the other characters of the novel as well.
Key Words:Strong Girl Character, Mixed Heritage, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Children's book, Witch, Dragon, Giant, Dwarf, Centaur, Magic
This book fits into CPID's gender diversity agenda!
A. E. Colmer
A. E. Colmer was born and grew up in Hungary where she later studied law and political science at the University of Debrecen by which time she had completed a collection of poems, a novel, two dramas and various articles for magazines.
After qualifying as a lawyer, she lived in Budapest for a few years. She moved to London in 2010 and has been living here ever since, now with her husband, Thomas, their cats and a Newfoundland puppy.
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