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Annemarie Allan


Range: Kelpies Paperback 208 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9780863157431 Publication date: 25th March 2010
Genre: Fantasy Theme: Scottish Folklore Ideal for ages: 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

"I call you once, I call you twice, I call you three times over…"

While out exploring a nearby loch with her brother Davie, Ellen mutters an old rhyme -- and an ancient creature answers her call. Ushig is a kelpie, a shape-shifting water wraith, and his intentions are naything but pure.

Dragged into a dark, parallel world, inhabited by creatures of Scottish legend, can Ellen save herself and her brother from Ushig and the predatory Queen of the Night?


'This is a thrilling, contemporary and darkly beautiful adventure.'
-- Teach Primary

'Ushig is the perfect, escapist, holiday read for 8-12 year olds.'
-- Suse Coon, Lothian Life

'Beautifully written... Challenging and engaging with plenty to discuss, this would work well as a group or guided reader.'
-- Sally Harrison, Write Away

'This book is well written and well researched, leaving the reader eager to learn more about the legends that surely inspired it. The plot is fast paced and believeable. The changes in location flow together seamlessly to create an immersive world that is incredibly powerful.'
-- School Librarian

'This was a really good book with a lot of detail and it explains the characters really well... It is a bit of fantasy, but realistic enough to make you want to read on.'
-- Naomi Whitney, Castlebrae Community High, Teen Titles



Annemarie Allan studied at Stirling University and worked as a teacher and librarian near London. Returning to Scotland, she took up a post at the Scottish Arts Council, and started writing fantasy and science fiction for children in her spare time. Her novels Breaker, Hox…

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