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Head of Zeus
Once Upon a Hillside
Once Upon a Hillside by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Chiara Fedele

Angela McAllister's seven original stories follow the changing landscape of lives on one hillside from the Stone Age to the present day.

Six thousand years ago, people first came to the hillside and a story began. A Neolithic girl, Roman twins, a herbalist's daughter, an orphaned bird-scarer, an archaeologist's niece, three children without a home. Each faced their troubles on that ancient downland. All found healing in the place that Granny Down calls home.

Wilderness, weather, history, archaeology and folklore infuse each tale. With gorgeous illustrations of the wildlife and surrounding landscape at different points in history, this glorious full-colour, gift book is a celebration of the enduring power of nature and lives well lived.

Head of Zeus, a Zephyr book * Children’s Fiction
06 Jul 2023 * 224pp * £12.99 * 9781801107532
'The stories read aloud well and the illustration is gorgeous'
Nikki Gamble's Book Blast
'Once Upon a Hillside will appeal to every child who has ever wondered about where they live, what happened in the past and how the people and times have changed... This book has immense potential to study as part of a cross-curricular history topic. A stunning book for upper KS2 and lower KS3'
School Reading List
'Notable for its production values, exquisite jacket inside the dust jacket, paper quality and gorgeous illustrations'
Sunday Times

'Twelve Shakespearean stories rewritten to be accessible to children .... Presented in a richly illustrated gift edition' The Bookseller, on A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories.

'It will make an excellent teaching resource, giving teachers ideas for right through the year to celebrate cultural diversity' Parent Touch, on A Year Full of Stories.

'McAllister's versions of eight stories by Charles Dickens are both fresh and compelling'
 The School Librarian, on A World Full of Dickens Stories
Angela McAllister
Angela McAllister
Angela McAllister has been published consistently since 1987, writing original fiction for all ages and also published several bestselling collections of folk tales. Her work has won many awards, including The Red House Book Award and The American Folklore Society 'Aesop Award'. Angela lives in Dorset.
Chiara Fedele
Chiara Fedele
Chiara Fedele was born in Milan and now lives in a nearby village. She took a degree in Illustration at La Scuola del Fumetto. Chiara works with Italian and international publishers. She has won a number of awards including the Premio Cento Illustrator Competion in 2008, Sydney Taylor Award Silver Medal in 2018 and 3x3 International Illustration Award Merit in 2019. Insta: @chiaraillu
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