Princess Bella has been snatched from her secret garden by a terrifying monster, leaving behind nothing but a glittering golden ball! Not even the bravest knights in the kingdom can save her from the huge, dark, fire-breathing creature with enormous wings, a great swishing tail and deadly claws. But clumsy Ned the stable boy is determined to succeed where the gallant knights have failed. Can he defeat the dragon and get the girl? Or will he let the chance to become a hero slip through his butterfingers? Join our unlikely hero and his animal friends on their daring quest across the plain, through the woods and into the mountains to find out . . .
J. M. Trewellard trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and worked for several years as an actor before the birth of her two sons. She returned to Cornwall, where her family have lived for generations, and taught Literature and Theatre Studies. She is a founder member of a touring theatre company in the south west for whom she is a creative director. She has been writing plays, poetry and short stories and this is her first children's book. A freelance illustrator for over twenty years, Ian Beck has undertaken many different kinds of illustration work, from packaging and greeting cards to the record cover for Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album. Ian turned to writing and illustrating children's books on the birth of his own first child and is the creator of many successful picture books. His first book for older children, The Secret History of Tom Trueheart (OUP) was published in June 2006.