Hollow Earth


Lots of twins have a special connection – being able to finish each other’s sentences; sensing what the other is thinking; perhaps even knowing when the other is in trouble or in pain – but for 12-year-old twins, Matt and Emily Calder, the connection is beyond special. Together, the twins have extraordinary powers – they are able to bring art to life, or enter paintings at will. Their abilities are sought by villains trying to access the terrors of Hollow Earth – a place where all the demons, devils and creatures ever imagined lie trapped for eternity.

The twins flee with their mother to the security of an island, off the west coast of Scotland, where their grandfather has certain protective powers of his own. But too much is at stake, and the twins aren’t safe there either. The villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within…

John and Carole E Barrowman’s first novel for young adults was published by Buster Books on February 2, 2012 and is available from all good bookstores and online retailers. On February 6, 2012 Hollow Earth topped Amazon’s chart of Children’s Sci-fi and Fantasy novels. Hollow Earth was published in the US on October 30, 2012 by Aladdin Books, the children’s division of Simon and Schuster, and is now available from all good book stores and on-line retailers.

John has recorded an audio book version of the novel for AudioGO (UK) and this is now available for download or on CD.


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Got it @nytimes @washingtonpost @latimes @WSJ?

Writing fiction is about making aesthetic choices. I’m finishing a Civil War novel. I’ve chosen to be authentic in action, setting etc. but I’ve chosen not to use language that is racially charged even if some of my characters actions are.

Susan Elia MacNeal@SusanMacNeal

Tweeps, I've been thinking a lot about this topic, as THE HOLLYWOOD SPY is set in racially charged L.A. in 1943, just after the Zoot Suit Riots. What are your thoughts? #amwriting #amwritinghistoricalfiction https://t.co/mZjRbewveG

I hope liberals stop waiting for the day a republican politician will do the principled or right for the country thing. They won’t. They care about power and their agendas, not yours.

“I also want to thank this young man, who took our fish-out-of-water story about the Rose family and transformed it into a celebration of inclusivity, a castigation against homophobia, and a declaration of the power of love,” added @Realeugenelevy #Emmys

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