In the wilds of north-west Mull, three friends have their duties to the laird of their castle, but it doesn't stop them getting mixed up with myths and legends. Dylan is the messenger, sent off on journeys all over the island to gather information and send the laird's communications to their addressees. Dougall is his brother, a quiet chap with a knack for science, who spends his nights watching the stars with his uncle Hamish. Deirdre is the smith's daughter, and her duties mostly keep her close at home, but she would love to go exploring the island like Dylan.
This collection of stories introduces Dylan, in his original guinea pig form; he eventually becomes a key player in the author's Princelings of the East series. In the first tale, Dylan's life is in danger when he discovers something brewing in the hillside, the reason the whole castle is in dire straits. The second story sees Dylan accidentally washed into the sea, and Deirdre using her initiative to find him, with a little help from a mythical friend. The third story brings Dougall to the fore, when he makes friends with a reindeer who has lost his compass, or so he says. And in the final story some mysterious lights on the island of Ulva prove a temptation to Dylan, despite the warnings in an old legend.
These four fantasy adventures with guinea pig characters are written for readers aged 8 and upwards. Each runs to about 7,000 words, with 4, 5 or 6 illustrated chapters.
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About the Author
Jemima Pett has been living in a world of her own for many years. Writing stories since she was eight, drawing maps of fantasy islands with train systems and timetables at ten. Unfortunately no-one wanted a fantasy island designer, so she tried a few careers, getting great experiences in business, environmental research and social work. She finally got back to building her own worlds, and wrote about them. Her business background enabled her to become an independent author, responsible for her own publications.
Her first series, the Princelings of the East, mystery adventures for advanced readers set in a world of tunnels and castles entirely populated by guinea pigs, is now complete. The tenth and final book, Princelings Revolution, came out in October 2020. Jemima does chapter illustrations for these. She has also edited two volumes of Christmas stories for young readers, the BookElves Anthologies, and her father's memoirs White Water Landings, about the Imperial Airways flying boat service in Africa. She has compiled four collections of flash fiction tales, publishing in the first half of 2021. She is now writing the third in her science fiction series set in the Viridian System, in which the aliens include sentient trees.
Jemima lived in a village in Norfolk with her guinea pigs, the first of whom, Fred, George, Victor and Hugo, provided the inspiration for her first stories, The Princelings of the East. She is now living in Hampshire, writing science fiction for grown-ups, hatching plans for a new series, and writing more short stories for anthologies.