3 Novels by Kate Stradling
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Overview: Kate Stradling enjoys writing somewhat whimsical, somewhat dramatic, and fantastical young adult fantasy novels. Think of the Ruses series as a sort of Game of Thrones for the young if you will, with social situations they can relate to, as she strives to do in all her writings.
Genre: Fantasy l YA
Goldmayne: A Fairy Tale
Evil witches, cursed royalty, heroes by happenstance, and happily ever after: Duncan does not believe in fairy tales, but when he runs away from his father’s farm, he tumbles headlong into one. Old Dame Groach recruits him as caretaker of her crumbling estate, where he must tend her poisonous garden, beat her white horse daily, and keep far away from the mysterious closet beneath the stairs… and that’s only the start of his fantastical troubles! A retelling and shameless embellishment of the French-Canadian folk tales, "Scurvyhead" and "Sir Goldenhair."
A Boy Called Hawk
When four gifted children escape from the government-run Prometheus Institute, it’s up to their classmate, 10-year-old Oliver Dunn, to bring them back. Unfortunately for him, Hawk, Hummer, Honey, and Happy West did not leave on a whim, and they have no intention of returning quietly. With the help of the powerful Government-Civilian Alliance, Oliver and his handler Emily must track down the truants before they can wreak havoc across the southwestern United States. Submit now, dear children. The state demands it.
A Rumor of Real Irish Tea
A twist in fortune has landed Oliver Dunn and his handler Emily at the Prometheus Institute’s F Campus, where aspiring delinquents and bureaucratic red tape abound. Meanwhile, Oliver’s sworn enemies, Hawk, Hummer, Honey, and Happy West, continue to chase rumors of the mysterious Altair, much to the ire of the GCA. When a stringent military general decides to end the Wests’ mischief once and for all, Oliver is again enlisted to help. In this follow-up adventure to A Boy Called Hawk, Oliver, together with a disgruntled classmate, a charming news reporter, and a know-it-all administrative assistant, must must outsmart the Wests to restore order and his tarnished reputation.