Orla and the Serpent's Curse: eBook (Reflowable)

By C. J. Haslam

A spooky adventure set in Cornwall; Famous Five with a twist.

A long-dead Cornish witch to thwart and a curse to stop it's just another family holiday. Orla thought she was in for a relaxing break, but when she finds a mysterious glowing necklace in the woods, it turns out there is a slight possibility she may have uncovered a witch's ancient curse. After meeting a coven of suspicious old ladies, it becomes clear that Orla's arrival in Cornwall is no longer a coincidence. The curse is poisoning the land and destroying everything it touches, and Orla is the one person who can stop it. But she’ll need help from the only other member of the family with good instincts – Dave the dog.

Categories: Ebooks

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Reflowable
  • ISBN: 9781406396546
  • Published: 02 Apr 2020
  • Price: £6.99
  • Pages: 304

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Customer reviews


'“It was a real treat to get lost in this sprawling adventure full of magic, pirates, witches and a most heroic Jack Russell. Orla and the Serpent’s Curse is packed full of adventure, mystery, humour and thrills… All shot through with lots of wonderful witchy magic - this is rich storytelling sure to appeal to fans of Catherine Doyle’s magical Storm Keepers series or Robin Stevens’ brilliant mysteries.”' James Nicol

'“A rollicking adventure of witches and pellers and pirates and betrayal all set in a vividly painted Cornwall rich with language and landscape. Brilliant to see an historical novel with a contemporary setting, that incorporates folklore, history, mystery, adventure and family – and with the biggest hearted dog ever – the utterly selfless – Dave.”' Fleur Hitchcock

'Orla and the Serpent’s Curse, by the first-time children’s author CJ Haslam, is a welcome breath of fresh air [...] We pause to admire every view – but the action whips on, resulting in a wonderfully suspenseful debut that will lift the spirits of any child cooped up at home.' The Telegraph

'This is a beautifully written tale of an adventurous and unstoppable young girl and her pet dog.' Parent Talk

'Set in Cornwall, this darkly comic adventure starts innocently with twelve-year-old Orla and her family on holiday. However things rapidly take a spooky turn when she discovers a glowing necklace in some woods and soon she’s embroiled with witches, pirates and a mysterious curse that only Orla, with the help of her trusty dog Dave, can break. Think Famous Five with a twist' The Good Web Guide

'Featured in a piece from C. J. Haslam.' The Sunday Times

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