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Head of Zeus
Stone by Finbar Hawkins

A second novel from the bestselling author of Branford Boase-shortlisted and Carnegie-nominated Witch. An engrossing story of fathers and sons, death and grief, and unexpected bonds, new and old, forged by dark and benign magic.

When Sam, grieving the death of his father, finds a silver-flecked stone, ice-cold to the touch, strange and eerie things begin to happen. Myth, legend, magic and witchcraft mingle on the ancient hillside where the chalk white horse has galloped for centuries. Ravens wheel. Wolves prowl. As Halloween draws close, witches dance. Odin gathers brave, fallen warriors to his side.

Only the mysterious new girl, Oona, can heal Sam's heart, revealing tarot secrets with her bewitching ways.

Reviews for Witch:

'A book filled with enchantment, in every sense. Dark, exciting and pacy, Witch brilliantly balances magic and realism' Anthony McGowan, author of Carnegie-winning Lark

'There is real magic here... Perfect reading for a dark, stormy night' Irish Times Weekend

Head of Zeus, a Zephyr book * Children’s Fiction
01 Sep 2022 * 288pp * £7.99 * 9781838935665
'An absolute corker. I read this in a single sitting. Joyful and heartbreaking, beautiful and eerie. If you loved Witch... You'll love this too'
Liz Hyder, author of The Gifts
'Full of myth and magic'
The Bookseller

'Hawkins' descriptive power is considerable' Financial Times.

'I felt its dark jewelled cloak fall about my shoulders and magic me to the time of witch-craft. A story that captures sibling rivalry so perfectly and tells its tale so beautifully I didn't want it to finish' Jasbinder Bilan, author of Aarti and the Blue Gods.

'There is real magic here, though what leaps off the page is the creepy atmosphere and the raw emotion of a grieving, raging girl... Perfect reading for a dark, stormy night' Irish Times.

'Evey is a marvellous, complex, flawed heroine... Hawkins is a master of raising and re-raising the stakes... The tale builds to a climax of incredible, cinematic imagery... A fantastic first outing'
 Cory Doctorow, author of Attack Surface
Finbar Hawkins
Finbar Hawkins
Finbar Hawkins is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Writing for Young People. He grew up in Blackheath, London and now lives in Wiltshire with his family, in a landscape steeped in myth and legend. He is a creative director at Aardman Animations, where he makes fun interactive things for children of all ages. Finbar's debut novel, Witch, shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and nominated for the 2022 Carnegie medal, is also published by Zephyr. Twitter/Instagram: @finbar_hawkins
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The Book of Beasts
These Dark Wings
What the Raven Brings
The White Hare
A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars
The Snow Angel
A Kingdom Falls
Me Mam. Me Dad. Me
The Mystery of the Colour Thief
The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was a Mermaid
Ten Nasty Little Toads
The Monsters We Deserve
Snowflake, AZ
Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon
Wolf Light
Girl 38: Finding a Friend
Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Sea Dragon
Girl. Boy. Sea.
Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror
Invisible in a Bright Light
Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Golden Seahorse
Sofa Surfer
Dangerous Remedy
Viper's Daughter
The Key to Finding Jack
If I Can't Have You
The Time Traveller and the Tiger
The Tindims of Rubbish Island
The Tindims and the Turtle Tangle
The Key to Fear
Circus Maximus: Race to the Death