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Huckerby, Mark and Ostler, Nick: Defender of the Realm

Magazine article School Librarian

Huckerby, Mark and Ostler, Nick: Defender of the Realm

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Huckerby, Mark and Ostler, Nick

Defender of the Realm

978 1 407180 46 5

Dark Age (Defender of the Realm)

978 1 407164 24 3

Scholastic, 2017, pp352, 6.99 [pounds sterling]

Hayley has saved enough money to take her ailing gran to the Tower of London for a day trip when the hideous Black Lizard lands in the courtyard, killing a Yeoman Warder and destroying the tower in search of the real Crown Jewels. Then out of nowhere a glowing horse and rider appear: the legendary Defender of the Realm. The creature is wounded by the Defender and they both disappear, but not before Hayley sneaks a bit of the Black Lizard's scaled armour into her backpack to research later, which of course puts her in grave danger. Not long afterwards Alfie--heir to the throne of England and very unhappy about it--learns of the sudden death of his father, the King, and is sucked into an uncontrollable series of events leading to his eventual coronation. …

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