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Gill Arbuthnott

Gill Arbuthnott(1958- )
Gill Arbuthnott
was raised in Edinburgh, studied zoology at St. Andrews University, and worked for two years as a biomedical researcher in Southampton before returning to Edinburgh to take up a teaching post at Edinburgh Academy where she teaches biology.

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The Keepers’ Tattoo: YA high fantasy with historical overtones

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The Keepers' Tattoo by Gill Arbuthnott

The Keepers' Tattoo, previously published as The Keepers' Daughter in the U.K., is a young adult high fantasy with historical overtones. While it is set in an imaginary world, the story revolves around the earthquake-ruined city of Thira and the highly advanced "Keepers" who once lived there. Gill Arbuthnott is clearly drawing on the real-life Thera and the mysterious Minoan culture that may have inspired the legends of Atlantis. I've long been fascinated by all things Minoan, and so I loved this aspect of the novel.

As The Keepers' Tattoo begins, young Nyssa is living an ordinary existence as a cook in her adoptive father's tavern. Then, the Shadowmen — sinister henchmen of the tyrant Alaric — arrive in her small town, and Nyssa is quickly hustled awa... Read More

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Chaos Clock — (2003-2004) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Kate and David are eleven years old and best friends — playing football and doing their museum project together. But in Edinburgh, where they live, time is coming unstuck and the past is breaking loose. Old Mr Flowerdew needs their help in the war between the Lords of Chaos and the Guardians of Time, which is centered around the mysterious Millennium Clock at the Royal Museum. Can Kate use her grandmother’s golden necklace to restrain the power of Chaos, and will David be able to help the Guardians, even if it means losing his mother all over again?

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Dark Spell — (2013) Young Adult. Publisher: 15-year-old Callie Hall has just found out she’s a witch, and things keep going wrong. Sometimes her mind seems to make things happen, things she can’t control. She can set fire to things without a match, and when she’s angry people can get hurt. Her friend Josh understands she’s a bit weird, but its only on a dark and dangerous visit to the tunnels under the ruins of St Andrews’ castle that he realises just how strange she really is. Something comes back with Callie — in Callie, something she can’t escape. Can Callie control her power long enough to send back the darkness, before it takes over her life? And will Josh ever understand her secret? A brilliant, engrossing teen fantasy from the author of Winterbringers and The Keeper’s Daughter.

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