Coll Hazel may be the youngest bard, but he is sent on the most important quest of all - before next wintereve, he must find the mythic Avalon, home of King Arthur, and lay the thirteen sacred treasures to rest. Along Coll's journey, he encounters giants, demons, fairies, merfolk and sealwomen, wizards, witches, wise women, heroes and enchantresses. His travelling companion is the raven, Branwen - funny, opinionated and wise. As they face danger and make new friends, they tell each other tales.
These stories are taken from the whole Celtic canon of literature that includes the Mabinogian, the Irish stories of Finn MacCool, and the Arthurian legends, as well as stories from Cornwall, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Brittany.
From the creators of ATTICUS THE STORYTELLER'S 100 GREEK MYTHS - a critical and commercial success (total trade sales: 41,000 + copies in hb & pb) Praise for hb: 'These (legends) are among the best we have and, in Coats's clear prose, idea for bedtime reading and/or holidays in Britain' (Amanda Craig, The Times). Fantastic value for money - 50 stories which stand alone but which link up to form an exciting narrative. Contains famous tales as well as little-known stories. Thoroughly researched - Lucy Coats is a trained historian who brings the past vividly to life. Her stories will enthuse all young readers. Illustrated on every spread by highly-acclaimed artist, Anthony Lewis. Includes comprehensive pronunciation guide.
'This is a well-illustrated, attractive [book]...the prose has an unearthly, long-ago magical quality' JUNIOR EDUCATION PLUS
Lucy Coats studied Ancient History at Edinburgh University and has a wide and deep knowledge of myths and legends and of Celtic lore and tradition. She worked as an editor of children's books and now writes full-time. She is married with two children. Anthony Lewis lives in Cheshire with his wife Kathryn and their three young children. He has illustrated more than 200 books for children. Anthony Lewis lives with his wife and two young daughters in Cheshire. Since he graduated with a first class honours degree in 1989 he has illustrated and contributed to more than 200 children's books at home and abroad.