The Anouka Chronicles: The Old Oak Tree

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ADVENTURE FANTASY MYSTERY CHILDREN'S YOUNG ADULT

2000s,Contemporary

Philippa W. Joyner

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In a desperate plea to save Anouka from demise, siblings William and Rosabella Joy are hurled into a web of strange new "friends". A Black Witch is set to turn the human world into a slavery of coldness if she finds her way in?

Genre

Adventure,Fantasy,Mystery,Children's,Young Adult

Short Summary

William Joy is typically acting with lethargy; not wanting to go to school. That is until he falls from a tree, unhurt, is befriended by an elf, and his sister drags a pale, odd new boy into their home to be interrogated by their Mother, the werewolf and William's porridge.


William realised that his role all along was to save his school, and in order to do this, he had to lead the werewolf (the new headmaster) back to his estranged half-sister who planned to turn the "new" world into a wintry terror of doom. He could succeed only if he played by the twisted rules.

Setting

Rural England

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Quest,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: William Joy

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Outspoken,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Rosabella Joy

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Confident,Engaging,Skillful,Funny,Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: Angus Moon

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Engaging,Heartthrob

Additional Character Details

Name: Myriad

Age: 50

Gender: Other

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Confident,Gracious,Outspoken,Modest,Skillful,Secretive,Leader

Development Pitch

In a desperate plea to save Anouka from demise, William and Belle Joy are hurled into a web of strange new friends supposedly there to help. The Black Witch is set to turn the human world into a slavery of coldness if she finds a way in. It will become all-powerful beyond any other control. Her accomplice, an elusive goblin, is trying to capture four children, and if these children surround the Old Oak Tree only darkness will prevail for eternity. But who is it? Angus Moon, a charming Scottish boy, is bewildering and no one seems to understand his role; Alyssa too seems a rather knowledgeable dark horse; and Myriad, the elf, well, he's just ridiculously tiny. A new headmaster, Mr Vixonight, is acting suspiciously and his presence is not quite right. Miss Terrine? She just smells and seems to be only made up of bones; and Miss Lovett, too bothersome she is. At the crux of Anouka, will the light or the dark side prevail? Will Mr Vixonight be able to hide his true colours? Will Angus Moon ever stop flirting? And Alyssa, will her heroine nature help or hinder? With all this to work out, William and Rosabella could get slain alongside their friends if they don't guard their wits, or will Mrs Joy be able to rely on her son to get back home unscathed, with at least a semi-pleasing school report? For once. Yes, William does prevail, and surprises himself in the meantime putting himself before others, thinking, trying a resolve that only he is able to fix.

About The Author

Philippa W. Joyner has worked professionally as a P.A. for two decades, but in 2013 she was inspired by her children’s whimsical offerings and active imaginations and she wisely used their indirect talents to create eight titles akin to a Contemporary Narnia. The first, The Old Oak Tree. The author originally grew up in Hertfordshire, and completed her studies at Bangor University, Wales gaining a B.A. Hons with Distinction in French and Theatre. She currently resides in her chocolate box village in Kent at the foot of the North Downs with her husband, two children, and a multitude of wildlife which inspired her next collection of adult books akin to Bill Bryson's wild travels. “Anyone looking for a new Children’s fantasy series should look no further than Philippa Joyner’s ‘Anouka Chronicles’. Full of magic, mystery and suspense you can’t help but be drawn into their world. Perfect for readers in the 9-16 age range, great for Harry Potter fans looking for an alternative fantasy world to get absorbed into.” - Sarah, Waterstones, Maidstone, U.K. “The books feature an abundance of parallel worlds, mystery, peril, suspense and well-written protagonists which readers can empathise with easily. They bear comparison to Philip Pullman, C.S Lewis, Alan Garner and Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, and will be loved by fans of these authors.” - Paul, Waterstones, Ashford, U.K. The Anouka Chronicles: The Old Oak Tree Synopsis: In a desperate plea to save Anouka from complete demise, William and Rosabella Joy are hurled into a web of strange new friends. A Black Witch is set to turn the human world into a slavery of coldness if she finds her way in. Her accomplice, an elusive goblin, is trying to capture four children, and if these children surround the Old Oak Tree only darkness will prevail for eternity. But who is it? Angus Moon, a charming Scottish boy, is bewildering and no one seems to understand his role. Alyssa too seems a rather knowledgeable dark horse. And Myriad, the elf? Well, he's just ridiculously tiny. A new headmaster, Mr Vixonight, is acting suspiciously. Miss Terrine? She just smells of old coffee. And Miss Lovett? Too bothersome she is. At the crux of Anouka, will the light or the dark side prevail? Will Mr Vixonight be able to hide his true colours? Will Angus Moon ever stop flirting. And Alyssa? Will her heroine nature help or hinder? William and Rosabella could get slain alongside their friends, or will Mrs Joy be able to rely on her son to get back home unscathed, with at least a semi-pleasing school report? For once.

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12,13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: New Generation Publishing

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

ISBN-13: 978-1785077500