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Benjamin knows he shouldn't have taken the stone from Dragon's Rock. Ever since then, he's had the same terrifying nightmare of the dragon chasing him, breath like a furnace, roaring in fury, racing faster, faster.
He decides to return to Dragon's Rock and replace the stone - maybe then he'll be left in peace. But once there, he realises just what a powerful force is at work, and that he's no longer the only person tormented by this fearsome, dangerous beast....
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Tim's second novel, Dragon's Rock, is set in Devon. It's another thriller, this time about earth magic and prejudices and the way our inner natures impact on our outer environment. The story came to him while he was finishing Midget.
At the time he used to live in a small village near to Dartmouth and most days had to travel on his motorbike to the town of Totnes. On the way he'd pass a low stone wall along the top of a field, at the bottom of which was the crumbling ruin of a farmhouse (which is still there to this day). A mile down the road, high up on a hill, was a solitary standing stone that broke into view as his motorbike crested the rise, then vanished a few seconds later when the hedge cut it from view.
Before long, as Tim rode to Totnes, he was stopping by the stone wall to gaze down at the ruined farmhouse, and then, a mile later, stopping again to gaze up at the standing stone – and on the way back from Totnes, he would do it all over again. Soon Tim was writing a novel about a ruined farmhouse and a standing stone called Dragon's Rock.
'A nightmarish chiller' Times Educational Supplement
'This book was a brilliant read' Teen Titles
'Most likely to appeal to confident readers who enjoy a blend of fantasy and realism' School Librarian
'Bowler's novel is not light; it deals with death, anger, hatred and murder. The fact that this is seen from the perspectives of young boys makes it all the more hard-hitting.' Grail
'A gripping tale of ancient magic...Dragon's Rock
demonstrates Tim Bowler's storytelling talents to the full.' Totnes Times
'I am currently reading your book "Dragon's Rock
" at school. It is great.' Chris
'I have only read one of your books, but I really enjoyed it.' Jess
'I am a great fan of yours, and I really like Dragon's Rock
'I have read Dragon's Rock
and I thoroughly enjoyed it.' Luke
'I'm reading Dragon's Rock
and so far, I'm really enjoying it. After the first page, I was into it. I like it so much, that I want to have the whole collection! I hope you keep writing.' Emilie
1. Draw a map of the farm and the outlying area, showing the fields and all the main places in the story.
2. Script an imaginary conversation between Toby and Benjamin a few months after the story has taken place. Are they friends now? What kind of relationship do they have?
3. Write a newspaper article (either tabloid or broadsheet) in which you report on the disappearance from the area of the vagrant woman who was often seen hanging around Dragon's Rock.
4. Discuss the symbolism of the dragon. Is the rock just a lump of stone or does it have some deeper meaning?
5. Write the story of the Wild Woman from the first person. Include a description of what happens to her after the story ends. Where does she go? What happens to her?
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