Do you like mysteries and adventures? Have you always wanted a pet monkey? Does the idea of creeping down a secret passage send a delicious shiver down your spine? Then you are going to love reading The Chain of Charms series!
Luka and Emilia, thirteen-year old Romany children, set out on a perilous journey to find six lucky charms that will, they hope, help them to save their families from the gallows.
Together they flee across the English countryside, accompanied by their animals - a mischievous monkey called Zizi, an Arab mare named Alida, a big shaggy dog named Rollo, and a dancing bear called Sweetheart.
Over the course of the six books, Luka and Emilia tangle with spies, smugglers, highwaymen, witches, and impoverished aristocrats, and must out-run and out-wit a vindictive thief-taker called Coldham. On the way, they find themselves caught up in a dangerous plot to restore the exiled king of England to his throne.
These books are full of action, suspense, humour, magic, and real-life history. Luka and Emilia go to real places on their adventures, and meet people who truly existed. Reading these books, you can discover all sorts of amazing things about gypsies – why they like eating hedgehogs, for example – and what life was like in the time of Oliver Cromwell, a general who cut off the head of the king of England and set himself up to rule in his place.