THE CRYSTAL RUN, the first in a thrilling series of middle-grade novels, by bestselling author Sheila O’Flanagan, is published in paperback today by Hodder Children’s Books.

Frantic to escape from danger, Joe is transported to another world where he is plunged into the training regime of the Runners. Their mission is to protect the shield which keeps the Carcassians safe from their enemy. When he is paired with Kaia on her run, he realises how much is at stake. A Runner’s destiny is death, but he can’t let Kaia die. As they fight to escape, Joe needs to find a way to save them both...

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Praise for Sheila O’Flanagan and THE CRYSTAL RUN

‘O'Flanagan's writing is crisp and concise and her plotting deft…an interesting debut which shows a lot of promise and children of 10-plus who like fast-paced, action-packed stories will certainly enjoy this book.’  Sarah Webb, The Independent

'This atmospheric YA debut from a bestselling novelist brims with all the hallmarks of a classic fantasy quest - a vividly evoked world, heart-rending conflict, compelling action - and the friendship that blossoms between Kaia and Joe makes their mission all the more powerful.' Joanne Owen, Love Reading 4 Kids

'O'Flanagan's writing is crisp and concise and her plotting deft.' - Belfast Telegraph

'Intriguing hints that all it not what it seems within Kanabia.' - SFX Magazine

'Well-written, with a strong plot and excellent characters, this book gives us an exciting, classic-style fantasy filled with intrigue' - Inis

About the author

Sheila is an ex-bond dealer and financial journalist whose novels have all been immediate No. 1 Irish bestsellers - with each publication, she breaks her record of weeks at No. 1. Her last three novels have sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in their British editions. Her 25th book for Headline, THE MISSING WIFE, is published in hardback in June 17. She is currently writing two more adult books for Headline and a follow up to THE CRYSTAL RUN for Hodder Children’s.