The Robe of Skulls (Paperback)

By Vivian French, Ross Collins (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763643645, 200pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2009

Fall 2008 Kids' List

“A highly entertaining cast of fairy-tale-ish characters. In the end, everyone -- good and bad -- gets exactly what they deserve.”
— Cinda Meister, Booksmart, Morgan Hill, CA
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"A romp filled with language play and just plain nonsense. . . . Everyone gets his, her, or its due; goodness is rewarded; and evil punished oh-so-wickedly." -- The Horn Book

High above the mountain village of Fracture, trouble is brewing. The sorceress Lady Lamorna wants a skull-studded gown of deep black velvet, but her treasure chest is empty of gold. That doesn't stop her, however, from kidnapping, blackmailing, and using more than a little magic to get what she needs. Will her plans be foiled by the heroic Gracie Gillypot, two chatty bats, a gallant (if scruffy) prince, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a grudge, and some very ancient crones?

About the Author

Vivian French's writing career began in 1990 after many years of acting and storytelling. She writes across genres and age groups and has published dozens of acclaimed books for children, including A PRESENT FOR MOM; GROWING FROGS; I LOVE YOU, GRANDPA; T. REX; and THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS. She lives in Scotland.

Praise For The Robe of Skulls

"Ttwenty-four-carat gold. I forgot reading could be this much fun." — Philip Ardagh, author of the Eddie Dickens trilogy — Philip Ardagh