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Napoleonic Wars with dinosaurs!

* WINNER of the Young Adult section of the New Zealand Book Children's Awards
* Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards
* A Junior Library Guild Selection

Fifteen year old Willem lives in hiding in a small Belgian village on the edge of the great Sonian Forest. Willem and his mother have been living in secret for most of his life, since his father, a famous magician, fell out of favour with the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

It is a world not much different from our own, in which small 'saurs' are a part of everyday life. Some are farmed, some are pets, others, more dangerous are avoided. There are rumours of even greater 'saurs' roaming the uncharted islands of the Americas.

When a girl from the village is killed, it becomes obvious that there are hidden terrors in the forest and that they are connected with Napoleon's plans to conquer Europe.

But Willem has a secret that could interfere with the emperor's plans and Napoléon will stop at nothing to find him.

War is coming, and young Willem is no longer safe, for Gaillemarde is just a stone's throw from the fields of Waterloo -- fields which will soon run red with blood.
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Suggested Age Range: 12yrs +

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...a compelling and powerful read....

- NSW Premiers Literary Awards Judges - April 2016

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a well-constructed, imaginative slice of world alternative history...

- Kinderlit Canada - April 2016

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Thrilling and positively addicting...

- School Library Journal - January 2016

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one can only hope that Falkner is a swift writer...

- Booklist - January 2016

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