Something bad has happened to Prince Alexander, the only heir to the mighty Petrossian Empire.
Something worse than kidnapping.
Something worse than murder.
Somehow, the Prince has been miraculously transformed into a fluffy-wuffy kitten.
Why has this terrible catastrophe happened?
Who are the boy and girl brewing secret potions down in the palace kitchens?
And how are they possibly going to avoid getting their heads chopped off?
Greta is a girl on a mission: to venture to Avalon and bring back a hero who can save her home from destruction by the monstrous giant Yuk.
Many heroes have tried before now. Many have failed.
What Greta needs is a hero whose courage and self-belief are greater than himself. She needs Hercufleas.
The only problem: he is a flea, no bigger than a raisin. But the smallest person might just have the biggest effect . . .
This new edition has artwork from award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell.
Lettie Peppercorn lives in a house on stilts near the wind-swept coast of Albion. Nothing incredible has ever happened to her, until one winter's night, when the night the Snow Merchant comes. He claims to be an alchemist - the greatest that ever lived - and in his suitcase, he carries his newest invention: snow.
'A tale of self discovery, family and friendship...an inventive and accomplished debut' - Independent on Sunday
'A delightful debut...full of action and invention' - The Sunday Times
'A germ of JK and a pinch of Pullman' - TES
Inspired by Gulliver’s Travels, Lilliput is an exhilarating adventure filled with cunning escape plans, evil clockmakers and very talkative parrots. Join Lily as she travels over rooftops, down chimneys and into chocolate shops on a journey to find the one place in the world where she belongs . . . Home.
'An undertaking of which Swift himself would have approved' Irish Times
'Spirited and clever tribute to the original' Daily Mail
Lettie Peppercorn lives in a house on stilts near the wind-swept coast of Albion. Nothing incredible has ever happened to her, until one winter's night.
The night the Snow Merchant comes.
He claims to be an alchemist - the greatest that ever lived - and in a mahogany suitcase, he carries his newest invention.
It is an invention that will change Lettie's life - and the world - forever.
It is an invention called snow.
Sam Gayton lives in South London.
In 2009 he completed the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University. The Snow Merchant is his first book. He is also the author of Lilliput and Hercufleas.
He loves American novels, Italian food and the English countryside. When he's not writing, he likes playing old board games, strumming his guitar and joining as many rock bands as possible (currently at seven).