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The UK - Young, Fresh and Magical


It just wouldn’t be the same to travel without the kids! Or perhaps you might just want to try to see the UK through the eyes of a kid? No matter which column you fall into (perhaps both!) we’ve got 3 of our favourite young adult novels that will end our week in The United Kingdom off on a sky-high note!

1. The Last Dragon Slayer, by Jasper Fforde

Magic used to be powerful, unregulated. Now, magic has started fading away and the government requires everyone to fill out forms to use it. Jennifer Strange runsKazam, an employment agency for soothsayers and sorcerers, many of whom used to be powerful enough to control the weather, and now have to resort to things like household repairs to pay the bills. When Kevin’s visions started everyone was surprised, especially Jennifer. The visions predict the death of the last dragon by a dragonslayer, and that Jennifer will have something to do with it. All of a sudden Jennifer is a celebrity and an outlaw. Jennifer has no idea what is going on, only that something is coming…Big Magic…

2. The Song of the Quarkbeast, by Jasper Fforde

A Last Dragonslayer Novel

King Snodd has realized that whoever holds all the magic also holds the power to everything, including untold financial gains. The King has appointed Blix to be his head sorcerer, and the only thing standing in their way of total magical domination is sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, the acting head of the only other House of Enchantment left in the world, Kazam. Ancient decree dictates that Kazam can refuse Snodd’s demands, but Blix challenges Kazam to a contest: the first team to rebuild their half of Hereford’s collapsed 12th-century bridge gains control of the other’s House of Enchantment. Even with only one functioning wizard and her faithful assistant, this might be Jennifer’s chance to vanquish Blix and derail King Snodd’s plans.

3. The Hunchback Assignments, by Arthur Slade

Modo has a peculiar gift, he can change his appearance at will. Mr. Socrates, a member of the shadowy Permanent Association, has been training him since he was an infant. Now 14, Modo’s training is complete and Mr. Socrates drops him off in the middle of downtown London with nothing but the clothes on his back, to try and survive. Modo fares well, mostly keeping to himself, until one day the beautiful Octavia Milkweed comes knocking on his door. Soon Modo and Octavia find themselves uncovering a sinister plot being formed in the sewers beneath London. Will they be able to stop the mad scientist Dr. Hyde before he unleashes his monstrous plans upon unsuspecting Londoners?

United Kingdom

Charlotte Street

Welcome to the United Kingdom!

This week we’re heading to London, with our first stop on Charlotte Street, the setting of Danny Wallace’s brilliant new novel, Charlotte Street!

Told with trademark British wit and style, this wonderfully light-hearted tale of boy meets girl, boy stalks girl, tours through the well-known London neighbourhood, both on and off the beaten path. Grab a spot of tea at a cafe or a pint at one of the local pubs and take in the unique sights and sounds of Charlotte Street.

Buckingham PalaceCharlotte Street

Now that you’re thoroughly acquainted with Charlotte Street, tour through the city’s hottest spots with Lindsey Kelk's I Heart London!

Follow world traveler Angela Clark in the conclusion to the witty and romantic “I Heart” series as she navigates her complicated love life and family when she’s summoned back to her hometown of London. Visit some of the trendiest restaurants, bars and shops in one of the world’s most fashionable destinations and plan your own getaway with Angela’s Guide to London included in the back of the book!

Ready to win a fantastic UK prize pack of books? Click here for your chance to win!