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  • Published: 2 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448187805
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Hercufleas


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A wildly inventive tale filled with adventure, humour and lots of fleas. You'll be itching to read on. Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016

Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2016

Winner of the West Sussex Children's Story Book Award

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 . . .

  • Pub date: 2 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448187805
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the Authors

Sam Gayton

Sam Gayton lives in Margate. In 2009 he completed the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University and not long after published his first book, The Snow Merchant. 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).

Peter Cottrill

Peter Cottrill was born in Liverpool and loved art from an early age. After a string of different jobs, he began illustrating books and has had two picture books published. Alongside illustrating, Peter now teaches at a college in London and practices Shiatsu.


Praise for Hercufleas

“Resonant story about family, friendship and loss, and the power of hope and unity. Light touch and fertile inventiveness. He reminds us that small things are sometimes the most important.”

Sunday Times, Nicolette Jones

“Wonderfully endearing... Gayton is increasingly imaginative with each successive book”

Daily Mail

“Irresistible. Unbefleavable fun!”

Andrea Reece, Lovereading

“Exciting, imaginative and interesting.”

Declan, age 8 for lovereading.co.uk

“Wonderfully unusual story. Superbly told. Holds the reader's attention throughout.”

Parents in Touch

“Gayton is going from strength to strength; definitely an author to follow.”

Books for Keeps

“Sparkling word play and imaginative detail. Excitement, mortal danger and a happily ever after ending.”

Reading Zone

“Sparkling word play and imaginative detail. Excitement, mortal danger and a happily ever after ending.”

Reading Zone

“I really enjoyed this story. 5/5”

Elizabeth Dutton, age 10 for National Geographic Kids

“An inspiring tale”

The School Librarian


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