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The Flash of Lightning

Crashes of thunder, flashes of lightning, and the pelting of rain on the windows fills the Manor. A figure appears between flashes, guiding you towards a door that appears like no other.

It is pointed and made of wood with mythical symbols. You open the door to see that you have stepped inside a peculiar potions room.

A clue is inside, and among all the jars, you know exactly which one it is. The one with the flash of lightning inside.

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In order to collect the flash of lightning, you must read a book that incorporates folktales.

Once you have completed your reading challenge, be sure to fill in this form with the book you read! Alternatively, if you work in a school, then fill in this form instead.

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Thomas Taylor was a successful illustrator long before he became an author with his children’s debut, Malamander. A few years after completing art school, Taylor was commissioned by Bloomsbury to illustrate the cover of the original 1997 release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. Following this, Taylor went on to illustrate picture books, and even released a novel for teens called Haunters in 2012. In 2019, Taylor’s middle grade debut Malamander was released and became a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. This was soon followed by Gargantis in May 2020. The director of Pixar’s Toy Story 4 has been announced to helm the upcoming movie adaptation of Malamander.

Participants of Believathon 3 will receive double points for completing a book by Thomas Taylor as part of their reading challenges.

Thomas Taylor Bibliography

Click on any of the book titles below to be taken to the Goodreads page and add the books to your shelves!

The Legends of Eerie-On-Sea (2019-present)

  1. Malamander (2019)
  2. Gargantis (2020)

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