Luke the Flint Knapper's Son - book cover with boy looking at Avebury stone circle

Avebury Luke and the Flint Knapper’s Son Written by Barbara Townsend Illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje

Avebury - Luke and the Flint Knapper’s Son
by Barbara Townsend

Illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje. Price: £8.99

This book has been a long time coming and was well worth the wait!

Avebury required a book which was aimed at children and this little gem is both easy and imaginative to read as you are taken back through time, when Luke realises, he can ‘time travel’.

Halvar, the flint knapper's son, is unaware of the stone's powers is busy polishing an axe head in 2000  B.C. He finds himself at Avebury where Luke discovers him. Based on facts there is also a map and a timeline at the beginning of the book which begins 8300 BC up to the present day.

Both children and parents are then able to organize information in a chronological sequence so that they can better understand change and key events of historical interest and significance which is  particularly aimed at Avebury and it's immediate surroundings including Windmill Hill, The Sanctuary, Silbury Hill, and West Kennet Long Barrow.

The book was critiqued by some of the children from Kennet Valley C of E Primary School, Lockridge, Marlborough, Wiltshire. This is what they said:

‘I loved the fact that the book included things that are at Avebury’

‘I was lost in the land and wanted to read more’

Barbara is also the successful author of:

  • Stonehenge - Luke and the Bluestone
  • The Savernake Big Bellied Oak
  • The Oaks of Savernake and the Legendary Ghost
  • Old Harry and Tales of the Jurassic Coast
  • Harriet - the Brave and courageous bee.

Reviewed by Jane Easton.








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