Once Upon a Castle

Once Upon a Castle

by Alan S. Blood


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478306757
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/24/2012
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Alan S. Blood worked in the Civil Service, Advertising and journalism (edited three publications) before qualifying as a Teacher from the University of Reading. He enjoyed a long, distinguished career in the Teaching Profession, in both Primary and Secondary levels of education, in several parts of the UK which eventually led to Senior Management. His main subject area was English and, at one time, he was Head of English and Drama. Throughout, he gained considerable knowledge of literature that children and adolescents enjoy.

Alan now devotes his time to writing novels, plays, screenplays and poetry. He won top award in the 'Hastings International Poetry Festival' (2003) with his controversial 'litter' poem 'CONTRITE CAN CANNOT'. The paranormal genre features in much of his work.

'ONCE UPON A CASTLE' is a ghost story written for young people (but also enjoyed by adults) set in World War 11. It concerns both a real and a phantom castle based upon Alan's experience of strange castles on the wild Northumbrian coast of England on cold, dark wintry afternoon.

Alan Blood has widely travelled the world and undertook research in Chile where some of his supernatural crime thriller 'CRY OF THE MACHI A Suffolk Murder Mystery' is set. He was previously a Cotswold Morris Dancer and the novel is a conflict between the forces of good and evil linking a Chilean 'Machi' and 'organised crime' to murders in a Suffolk Morris Men side.

Alan enjoys wildlife photography in the Welsh countryside, painting and scraperboard engraving and lives in a rambling Victorian (1873) house.

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Once Upon a Castle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
nle1 More than 1 year ago
1939 in Britain brought the war home with a vengeance and many London children were either sent to the country to stay with relatives or unknown families who volunteered to take them in. Among these are Tom and Mary Lovell, 12-yr old twins sent to live with their Aunt Victoria and Uncle Leslie.  Vicky and Uncle Leslie run a huge farm and don’t have a lot of time to spend with the kids so they find their own entertainment.  They also find a cute small dog they name Scamp.  The only odd thing is they only see him in times of stress.  Mrs “M”, the housekeeper, has never seen him nor have the other two adults.   This short tale brings home the separation children of London were subjected to by many well-meaning parents.  Some children’s trips didn’t turn out as well as the Lovell’s so they were fortunate.  This YA novel will also be enjoyed by adults for the history content alone.  Your World History student should read this one.
teddygoogs More than 1 year ago
A wonderful ghost story set in world war II England. A story to sit with your children and warm cocoa. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful short novel about 12 year old twins, Tom and Mary who are evacuated from the South of England to the wilds of Northumberland in World War 11. Here, with the full vigour of teenage rebelliousness, they encounter terrifying supernatural experiences involving Castles - and, after some spine-tingling adventures, are rescued by the Royal Navy. Yet, this is only the beginning of more unexpected tragedies before the twins escape from it all. 'Once Upon A Castle' is of equal appeal to both boys and girls and, although written for adolescents, the book would also be a very popular read for adults.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Mary and Tom Lovell are twins and they are set for an adventure, only they don't realize it yet. They've been taken from boarding school and sent to northern England to live with an aunt and uncle that they have never met before. Like so many other children, they have been relocated for their own safety against German bombers over London. It's the 1940s and the world is at war. Interestingly, in their escape from battles over their home in London, they enter into a centuries-old battle, but no one believes them. Castles and ghosts from long ago, tales and legends passed down from one generation to the next - what is real and what is imagined?  Alan S. Blood is a retired English teacher. History and English literature are his passion, which is evident in this story. The author weaves a compelling tale of fact and fantasy-based-on-fact, a adventure that takes the reader across the rugged landscape of Northumbria in northern England, in search of castles which are and which once were, and the ghosts that continue to haunt them. There's also a bit of mystery to this tale, as the twins try to defend what they saw and come to some understanding of the historical ghost story's relevance in their time. It's a time of war and the ghosts are also at war. Which story will prevail? And, is there a meaning behind the mystery? a tragedy yet to unfold? The author has created an historical fantasy story, much like C.S. Lewis' popular Narnia series. I hope the twins' adventures continue. Well done!
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
Due to WWII, twins, Mary & Tom, are being relocated to the country while their parents serve in the war effort. While there, they intend to explore a castle and stumble across an ancient legend. Or is it childhood imagination? A vivid and delightful narrative captures the reader and propels the story and characters through the adventures. Characters are inventive, varied, colorful, and caring. Overall, an enchanting read.
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved the story concept, but just felt it was lacking some. Being a short story sometimes the authors feel they need to overlook some details, but this one could use more. Then when the end came it seemed the author didn't know how to close it so it just ended abruptly. The author shows lots of potential but this one just didn't measure up.