The Various (The Touchstone Trilogy Series #1)

The Various (The Touchstone Trilogy Series #1)

by Steve Augarde
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The Various (The Touchstone Trilogy Series #1) by Steve Augarde

Now available in paperback with gorgeous new cover art!

A captivating story of courage and strength against terrible odds, this is the story of Midge, left to stay with her eccentric uncle during the holidays, and her adventures with the Various, a band of fairies. The existence of the Various, who are strange, wild, and sometimes even deadly, has been kept secret since the beginning of time, but when their world begins to clash with the human world, they are threatened with extinction.

This wonderfully imaginative story of love and loyalty is the first in a powerful trilogy. VOYA says of The Various: “A marvelous blend of oldfashioned storytelling, the book has a freshness and immediacy that will intrigue fantasy lovers of all ages.”

“A rousing addition to the durable genre of British fairy lit.”—New York Times

“Augarde unfolds the events gradually, allowing readers to luxuriate in the near-idyllic setting he has created and beckoning them back for future installments.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440420293
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/08/2005
Series: Touchstone Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.96(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Steve Augarde has worked as an illustrator, paper-engineer, and semi-pro jazz musician. He has written and illustrated over 70 picture books for young children, and has produced the paper-engineering for many pop-up books.

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The Various (The Touchstone Trilogy Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Midge has been sent to stay with her Uncle Brian at Mill Farm while her musician mother goes on tour. Though she's not sure what to expect, Midge never dreamed of the adventures she'd encounter at the farm. She stumbles upon an injured winged horse in one of the outbuildings and helps the creature. She learns the horse lives in the Royal Wood. Unfortunately, Uncle Brian has decided to sell the woods and they are set to be plowed down. Midge is led through the brambles and unkempt boundaries of the woods to share this dire news with the Various. While she'd heard stories of pixies and fairies, Midge never dreamed they existed and that she'd be drawn into their world. But things aren't always magical in the world of the Various and not everyone is happy to see her. Now the Various aren't the only ones in danger. THE VARIOUS is a thrilling book told from several different points of view as we learn about the characters both human and of the Various. Though the story moved slowly in places, the idea and characters are intriguing enough to keep the reader enthralled as the story progresses to the fantastic and thrilling ending. I enjoyed being introduced to THE VARIOUS and am looking forward to reading more about them and Augarde's other characters in CELANDINE, the second book in THE TOUCHSTONE TRILOGY.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Various was superb and guess what?!? The second book in the trilogy has come out!!! It is called Celandine. I haven't read it yet, oh but I will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at the request of my daughters but before either had a chance to read it, I picked it up, admiring the beautiful artwork on the cover. As I read the inside of the jacket, I thought to myself Hmmm...this looks interesting and opened to page one. Needless to say, neither of my girls have had the chance to read this book yet as I simply could not stop reading once I'd started. There are parts of the book that read like poetry and the artwork throughout, which was done by the author himself as well as the aforesaid cover, is just gorgeous. This is a beautiful, charming tale and what's really exciting is that apparently it's only the beginning - I see the author plans a trilogy. If you want to be completely caught up in a magical and miraculous world which combines both old-fashioned fantasy and a contemporary reality, this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh how great it was ! I am now on the next book ! I hope the nexted one is even more! Good job steve keep it up
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a new twist... a more believable one... on all those old fairy tales you've heard before. Memorable characters... danger and suspense... all the elements of an excellent book! I can't wait for the other books in the trilogy to come out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't belive that he was able to write this! It's soooooo cool! It was the absolute first book that I couldn't put down! It captivated me so much, I just love it! (Heyyyy. When's the next book com'n?)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who could put this book down? Not me, that's definite. All I'm curoius about is when is the 2nd one coming out?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Various was a most amazing read! I couldn't put it down from the first page -- the story sucked me in from the opening chapter. The heroine of the book, twelve year old Midge, is a bright, sensitive girl who is unknowingly drawn into a magical and dangerous world of a tribe of mystical little people who have lived amongst her family for years and years in the adjacent woods on her uncle¿s farm. These are The Various ¿ a group of two foot tall creatures consisting of a class system parallel to real life -- the Ickri ¿ or the hunters and ruling class, the Tinklers ¿ artistic cave dwellers, and the Troggles, who were considered the lower rung of society. But all existed peacefully together in their common struggle to survive in a modern, ever-changing world alongside the humans, or Gorgi giants as they are humorously called by the author, without being detected. Every single character was original and distinct and made an instant impression. The tale begins with Midge¿s discovery of an injured tiny winged horse in an old barn on the property and takes the reader on an incredible journey from that point on. Will she discover the secrets of The Various? Will she help them survive? Or will they turn on Midge and her family as the enemy? The author is a master of setting up a scene and then drawing out suspense. There was an element of fear in some sections which had me on the edge of my bed, biting my nails, but nothing that would frighten a child¿it was more like ghost story scary. I turned page after page, wondering where it all would lead. and I never had a clue as to where it was headed, which added to the great enjoyment I had as a reader. This book has everything ¿ it¿s chock full of beautiful images, unique and startling characters, and dialogue that was offbeat, brilliant, and at times, very funny, making it one of the best I've ever read and I highly recommend that you pick this one up, whether you are an older child or teenager or even an adult.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took me one week to read this book and it has to be one of the best books I have read. I told everyone at school and have even got my teacher reading it to the class. My bookshelf goes in order of favourite books and I never thought that my Harry Potter collection would move from the far left corner of my bookshelf. If the second book in this trilogy is as good then I'm sorry, but its goodbye Harry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Various is the first novel of Steve Augarde and the first book in a projected trilogy. It is a fantasy set in the Somerset Levels - an area which Augarde knows well. A 12-year old child, visiting the area, finds a wounded and trapped winged Naiad horse in a pig barn and uses all her skill and resourcefulness to release it. From this meeting she is introduced to the tribes of The Various, tiny (knee-high) creatures who inhabit a nearby wood high above the wetlands, and who are under constant threat from their unwitting human neighbours. It is a delightful, engaging and often amusing book, which won a prestigious Smarties Award and should appeal to both adult and younger readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first part of a trilogy, I just couldn't put it down. It's no wonder the Author won the Nestle Smarties Book Prize.I personally think this is going to be a block-buster, and I can't wait for the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I shall be forever grateful to my dear friend who gave me this book as a present. I'm not sure that I would have picked it out as an obvious read had I not been given it. Once started and drawn into this enchanting world, it was so difficult to put down when mundane chores beckoned. The narrative is so richly descriptive that you almost feel you are taking part in this intriguing plot yourself. It's as if you are there with them all, living their every emotion and experience. I love a book that keeps me thinking about it even when I'm not reading it, as this one surely does, and I believe that when the trilogy is complete it will take its rightful place alongside Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' and Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' It certainly leaves you wanting more¿¿¿..
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ultimate modern day fairy tale ¿ You will be gripped from the very beginning of this magical story. I was captivated from page one and quite literally read through the night until I had finished this book ¿ the characters are exquisitely crafted and the story line itself is original and spellbinding throughout. I was so delighted with my `find¿ that I purchased a copy for almost everybody I know, from my youngest niece to my father (aged sixty something) as a Christmas gift last year and I have never been so popular!! Everyone loves it¿ `The Various¿ quite literally appeals to all ages and I firmly believe it will become a classic of our times. I cannot wait for the second part of this trilogy The Various was such an awesome read ¿ you will not be disappointed. If you love someone buy him or her this book (but read it before you hand it over!) On second thoughts you had better buy two copies..
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the story opens we are very much in the present, the mobile phone wielding Midge, a young girl from London is being shipped off to the countryside to stay with her eccentric Uncle. Midge's discovery of an injured winged horse in one of Uncle Brian's outbuildings provides the catalyst for an introduction to one of the most superbly realised band of characters ever to appear in children's literature. These are 'The Various'. A richly diverse society of five very different tribes of little people. The fierce and proud Ickri hunters, the spiritual Nai'ad farmers, the Wisp fishers and two mysterious underground tribes; all are brought together as the encroachment of humankind bears down on their world. As the narrative momentum rolled on, this reader found himself immersed in page turning adventure at its very best. The author blends the two worlds seamlessly and brings them together in a totally believable way to leave the reader thankful that this is just the first part of a trilogy. Bring on book two!
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Only a few reviews sqys not good but it sounds good should i
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Sixth! Ill takeany nest avalible. Creeksplash
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Curled up near skyleaf. -Onetail