We were excited to welcome local writer Joffre White for a return visit to Hunting Raven Books on Saturday 14 April. He came to chat to young readers and sign copies of his newly published book Frog and the Sandspiders of Aridian.
The story follows on from his first novel Frog – now released in paperback for its fourth edition!
FROG and the SANDSPIDERS of ARIDIAN
is a fast paced fantasy tale and is one of this year’s Frome Festival ABC Day books.
Following on from his previous adventures in the Medieval Dimension of Castellion, the hero Chris Casey returns as the legendary Frog, this time unexpectedly accompanied by his best friend Billy Smart.
The Guardians call upon him again to help fight the abominable Lord Maelstrom and his sister, the wicked Belzeera. Set in the second Dimension of Aridian, a scorched, desert world where most of the population live underground, he meets new allies including the young Nadiah and her energy-wielding girls of the Sisterhood along with a mysterious character known only as The One.
A new Guardian, in the guise of the beautiful Cassaria is on hand to aid him with her Magic and her loyal followers Prince Ameer and Sand Master Katar. Frog’s journey takes him into the depths of Aridian, from the spider hatcheries at Pelmore to the wonders of the subterranean eco systems of Arachnae. Amongst his encounters are giant spiders, the ugly Saurs, the aggressive Dreden, the enchanting Firefox and the revered Sandspider Arac-Khan. Join him as desperate enemies and monstrous creatures pursue him at heart-stopping and break-neck speeds through the underground waterways and caverns of Aridian.
Find out what secrets The One holds and what happens when evil turns true friends into enemies.
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Joffre was inspired to write his first children’s novel ‘Frog’ after making up a series of bedtime stories for his son Chris. FROG is a fast paced fantasy tale of a 12 year old boy, Chris, who discovers a mysterious suit of armour in his garden and is soon transported into a multi-dimensional world of colourful characters.
Joffre, a member of the national association of writers in education, is passionate about and actively promotes the importance of literacy and reading through visiting schools and libraries, and delivering interactive, motivational and inspiring sessions designed to excite and energise children’s imagination and interest in the power of words. He attracts new fans and followers wherever he appears, gaining acclaim from teachers, librarians and pupils alike for his work in schools and colleges.
Following a highly successful 2011 tour taking in venues across the South West, South East and London, featuring on BBC Radio Wiltshire and appearing over three days at the Earl’s Court Literacy Festival, he has now visited more than 90 schools and colleges and made numerous book signing appearances. 2012 will see Joffre embark on his 4th UK book tour, following demand for his acclaimed school workshops and sessions.