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The Sky Beneath the Stone

Alex Mullarky


Also available as: Paperback

Range: Kelpies eBook 288 pages ISBN: 9781782507970 Publication date: 24th February 2022
Genre: Fantasy Theme: Empathy Ideal for ages: 10, 11, 12 and 13 Not available to buy in USA Canada
Ivy North is an adventurer and expert map reader who can pitch a tent in four minutes flat. There's just one problem.
She's afraid to go outside…

When her little brother is transformed into a kestrel, Ivy follows him into Underfell, the strange and magical realm beyond the garden wall.

Battling her dread of being out in the open, can Ivy navigate this extraordinary world of powerful fairies and purple skies to break her brother's curse?


'I absolutely adored this! This Sky Beneath the Stone is beautiful, bright and brilliant -- a perfect blend of magic, adventure and heart, with a gorgeous Cumbrian setting, a wonderful weaving of nature, folklore and history, heart-lifting incidental inclusivity, and OS grid references at the start of each chapter so you can map the journey! It is one of those books I want to press into every young reader's hands, because I know so many of them will fall in love with it.'
-- Sophie Anderson, Carnegie-shortlisted author of The House with Chicken Legs

'A beautifully written adventure steeped in the myths and magic of the Lake District. I long to journey through the wall and explore the enchanted, dangerous wilds of Underfell!'
-- Ross MacKenzie, author of the Nowhere Emporium trilogy

'When her brother is enchanted, a young girl must overcome her fear of the outside in this assured fantasy debut. The richly drawn Lake District setting is enhanced by Ordnance Survey grid references at the beginning of each chapter.'
-- The Bookseller

"Alex Mullarky weaves the reader through every twist and turn imaginable as the two friends and the ever-faithful Grendel take us on their quest in this fantastic magical adventure full of hope, courage and a little sprinkle of magic when all seems lost. A stunning cover by Diana Renjina sets the scene for this wonderful novel that has OS grid references at every chapter heading - a map lovers dream!"
-- Sarah Broadley, My Book Corner

"We were captivated by this book, which is filled with folklore, adventure and characters you can't help but root for, in one of the most original magical worlds we've ever travelled through. Plus, reading it has added a few things to our own bucket lists (see hawfinches, visit Long Meg, buy a tup).
If you love wildlife and the wilderness, and enjoy a quest with a generous sprinkling of magic, then we know you'll find this story a treat."
-- Roaring Reads

"I adored this book. I grew up in Lancashire and spent a lot of time in Cumbria, so many of the places in the book were familiar to me."
-- Charlotte Somewhere

Sky Beneath the Stone


Alex Mullarky is a writer and veterinary nurse who loves creating stories about nature and magic. As a child she was happiest exploring imaginary worlds in the fields behind her home in Cumbria. Alex enjoys working with wildlife and has bottle-fed joeys in Australia and…

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