Spotlight: X-Isle by Steve Augarde

10 Aug

Thanks to the folks from Random House Children’s Books UK I’ve got this press release for you: I saw the hardcover a while ago and it looked interesting enough that it’s stuck in my mind, so its great to hear that the paperback edition is on its way. What am I talking about? X-Isle by Steve Augarde.

X-Isle by Steve Augarde

“Totally emotional and a truly captivating read. I give this book five out of five.”
– Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books

Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X-Isle, the island where life is rumoured to be easier than on what’s left of the mainland. Only young boys are in with a chance, the smaller and lighter the better.

Baz and Ray are two of the lucky few to be chosen, but they soon discover that X-Isle is a far cry from paradise. Ruled by Preacher John, a dangerous religious fanatic, it’s a violent, unpredictable place where terrible things can happen at any moment.

The boys hatch an extraordinary plan in order to protect themselves – the construction of a mighty weapon of defence. But can they complete this weapon in time, and are they really prepared to use it in order to secure their freedom?

Powerful and compelling, X-Isle is a fast-moving thriller that will keep you guessing right to the very end.

Steve Augarde was born in Birmingham, but spent most of his life in the West Country, working as an illustrator, paper-engineer, and semi-pro jazz musician. He has written and illustrated over 70 picture-books for younger children, and has produced the paper-engineering for many pop-up books, including those by other artists – as well as providing the artwork and music for two animated BBC television series. His first book for older children, The Various, won a Silver Smarties Award in 2003.

X-Isle by Steve Augarde (9781849920124)
Published by David Fickling Books on 2ND September 2010 in Paperback, £7.99

I’ll be getting into this book pretty soon (have 2 or 3 others to finish before I do though, so please be patient) and I may even be able to run a giveaway, so keep alert for that. 🙂

Check out Steve’s site here, and if you’d like to pre-order your copies of X-Isle, follow this link. 🙂



Posted by on August 10, 2010 in Announcements, Spotlight


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3 responses to “Spotlight: X-Isle by Steve Augarde

  1. AlexJ

    August 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Nice cover art!

  2. Bookstooge

    August 11, 2010 at 4:25 am

    You know, why is it ALWAYS religious fanatics? Why not FOOD fanatics, or cell phone hater fanatics? Or Apple fanboys? 😉

  3. Dave-Brendon de Burgh

    August 11, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    @ Alex, yep, I dig it, too. 🙂

    @Bookstooge, Hehehe that’s a good point you’re making there… 😉


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