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Carole Anne Carr
Children's author of historical fiction, books used by schools and universities in many parts of the world.
Children's author of historical fiction, books used by schools and universities in many parts of the world.

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Bother, I hate this when I receive a card, there is no address, and I can't say thank you. It is from Alex, Peter and Lauren. Can anyone help, please? It is a delightful card, depicting a Nativity Play. Alex, if you see this, an address, please...


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Another rain filled day, so sorry for those in the North of England having to leave their flooded homes, just before Christmas. Any Christmas cards arriving on the doormat today will be rather soggy. Just the day for editing River Dark, making shopping lists and sitting by the fire. 

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It was Toland’s twelfth year of life when his father hurled the wolf’s head at the mighty Eorl Uhtred, bringing his childhood to a violent end. These were dangerous times, with people driven from their settlements, tribal wars, and bands of robbers on the roads, but Toland must keep his solemn promise to save the Lindisfarne Gospels from the Vikings, protect his family, and find his father. With his faithful hound Bodo, he sets off on his quest through Anglo-Saxon Northumbria and his many adventures lead him into the fortress of Bamburgh, the mysterious hermit on Inner Farne, the mystery of the stolen jewels, a blood debt, and a terrible discovery at the White Church…

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First Wolf – the first attack of Lindisfarne. Anglo Saxon England Vikings


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Another four chapters of River Dark edited, such heavy work, but half way there. Shall try to reach the last chapters tomorrow. A good day, husband able to visit town on his own, now that he has a buggy that loads and unloads itself into the car, brilliant. But as he regained a certain amount of freedom, he cleared the shelves of his favourite mince pies and came home celebrating! :0)

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Candle Dark - Book One - Ironbridge Gorge Series
Joshua was nearly eleven and he’d worked down the Blists Hill coal pit since he was seven and a bit. He hated it down there. He hated working in the dark, he hated the rats and the stink of the tunnels, and he especially hated it when the mine flooded and his wet boots rubbed his feet raw. Then on the day that Bradley the horsekeeper gave him another beating so bad he ached all over, he made up his mind to run away and find work on the Severn trows. But what would happen to his poor pit pony Drummer, left behind in the dark? What would happen to his Mum and sisters if he left them to the mercy of the evil Isaac Whitlock? And how could he sail to Bristol, when his Dad had been set to work in the most dangerous part of the mine? Afraid of the river gangs and worrying about his Dad, Joshua must decide whether to run for his life, or to stay in Coalport and try to protect his family.
What a wonderful book! Not just for children, this is a gripping read. Only downside is that it is not long enough - and that is never a bad thing to say of a book! I would recommend this book wholeheartedly. Amazon Review - R. Williams
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Candle Dark: A hope for light 15 Aug. 2012 By Susan Kane - Published on Verified Purchase
The Industrial Revolution changed the world in broad strokes. More important is how it changed the lives of individuals, like the hero of this book. Children in the labor force then suffered terribly, without a hope for an upward mobility. This book provided a hope for light in a dark dark place.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and very moving 17 Aug. 2014 By Lizzie Verified Purchase
Thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it was written as a child's book I couldn't put it down. Very well written and extremely moving and I want to read more.
Want to find a brilliant children’s book which will encourage them to read while offering historical accuracy? Check out this latest novel. In ‘Candle Dark’, published and written by Shropshire-based author Carole Anne Carr, she has once again used her wealth of experience as a primary school teacher to create a world set against a backdrop of what life was really like for children working in coal mines in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire during the 18th century. This book highlights the hardships of life down the mines for youngsters as it follows the book’s hero, Joshua, on an exciting adventure. Carole has written a novel that will not only engage children but also encourage them to read for pleasure. This publication can be enjoyed by youngsters and adults alike, and offers a valuable teaching tool for those keen to learn more about life in Ironbridge at that time. I really enjoyed this, it is superbly written and it proved to be very difficult to put it down! Although the characters and events are imaginary, Carole has portrayed the working conditions and the life of the family living in the Gorge at a time of rapid industrial growth, and as well as being an exciting read, is a wonderful teaching tool for Key Stage 2. The author is at present writing a sequel to Candle Dark, entitled River Dark, which has the River Severn and the trows as an integral part of the story. and available in February, 2016
Sophie Corness: Shropshire Star Reporter.

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Almost finished!
have now cleared the front garden of old bushes, replanted, and covered
with bark chippings, after having battled with the back garden and
replanted that too. So pleased I managed it. Now to reduce the pile of
old branches so that the collectio...

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Had a wonderful day reading from my book 'First Wolf ' to Yr 5 and Yr 6 at St. Winefride's Convent School, Shrewsbury. Having taught primary children for 30 years, it was a delight to visit
such an excellent school. Lovely c...

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Oops... have been looking after invalid husband and have totally neglected to write more of my children's books  and put my work online! Must do something about this, but due to his recent fall, I've been very busy.

Looking for a Halloween book for a 9 -11 yr old? Thin Time is Halloween, when the veil between the worlds is so thin that it is possible to pass into the other world...
Alice is chosen by mistake to be Task Bearer by Fymm, a bad tempered tomb dog who is five hundred years old. She must bring back the New Year seeds at Halloween to prevent the world from dying and complete her task before Thin Time ends at midnight. Reluctantly she sets out on her dangerous quest with her small stepbrother Thomas, Fymm, and Ratatosk the Messenger Squirrel who cannot be trusted. Attacked by gargoyles and guided by Matilda from the altar tomb in Tong Church, Alice finds the door into Eihwaz, the Tree of Life, and enters the Other World, just as the gnarled roots close over her head. Descending deep in the earth, and helped by the singing cockerel stolen from the church tower, she must face the three terrible Sisters at the Well of Wyrd and the fury of Niddhogg the Snake-Dragon. Fearful her two gifts will not be enough to protect her, for she foolishly ate the third gift in a fit of bad temper, she faces the Niddhogg armed only with a stone and a gargoyle s shield. But even if she finds the seeds and defeats the terrible Niddhogg, she knows that without a loving heart she will never be able to return to her own world. And how will she know if her heart is loving enough before it is too late? Will she be trapped in the Niddhogg's Cave of Mists forever?
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