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Sam Gayton


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“A resonant story about family, friendship and loss, and the power of hope and unity. Gayton reminds us that small things are sometimes the most important.”—Sunday Times [UK]

To protect her village from a giant, Greta recruits a champion: Hercufleas! He may be tiny, but this young flea is certain he’s destined for greatness. Being a hero is harder than it seems, though, and Hercufleas and Greta face unexpected choices—and consequences—in their desperate attempts to save the village, and each other.
     Big heroes come in small packages in a superbly imagined tale that is part comedic adventure, part poignant coming-of-age epic, and wholly original.

Praise For Hercufleas

" Gayton's narrative is nicely and convincingly detailed, both in the matter of monsters, villains, and minor magics, and the matter of being incredibly small."

"A clever tale of the power of the small over the mighty, with an itchy twist. A solid addition to large middle grade collections."
–School Library Journal

"Wonderfully endearing.”—Daily Mail (UK)

 "This is a must read for fans of fantasy and books such as Kate DiCamillo’s Tale of Despereaux."
—School Library Connection

Clarion Books, 9780544636200, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

About the Author

Sam Gayton’s children’s books include LiliputThe Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn, and Hercufleas. He loves American novels, Italian food, and the English countryside. He lives in the UK.