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Celandine (Touchstone Trilogy #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  559 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Set seventy years before The Various, the second book in the trilogy follows the adventures of young Celandine at the onset of the First World War. Having run away from her detested boarding school, Celandine is too afraid to go home in case she is sent back. As she seeks shelter in the Wild Wood near her home, little does she think she will encounter a world where loyalty ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by David Fickling Books (first published November 3rd 2005)
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James Comey
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Steve Augarde writes with remarkable brushstrokes of color and character. He blends frail and strong people and "Little People" with unexpected story lines that encircle with cords of concern. Imagery, rich in the smells and sounds of the land, contrast with the brutal behavior of girls in an austere boarding school. In this second offering of the Touchstone Trilogy, Augarde successfully mixes psychology, mysticism, war(on many levels), family, loss and discovery, and the fierce determination to ...more
I remember this story about a girl who gets sent to boarding school. What a nightmare. Just writing the word causes my stomach to go in knots. Of all the things. A school you can never leave. No wonder she ran away to live with the fairies! Pity nobody else believed in them; though I must say it's not so scandalous that someone would make something up just to get out of school either, and that's the truth.
Jun 11, 2010 rated it liked it
I thought this was the first of the series. I'll have to go find the first one now. That says something about it though, that it can be the second and not be dependent on the first. That's rare sometimes in a middle book. I wonder what the first is about?

Calais Reed
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Quite depressing, I did not like it nearly as much as I liked the first book.
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
“She was running away for the third time. How terrible it would be if she were caught again.” With just these two sentences, Celadine by Steve Augarde proves more riveting but also darker than The Various: the first book in the Touchstone trilogy. Unlike its predecessor which I found in the juvenile section of my local library, Celadine was properly shelved as young adult. It is more disturbing, unsettling, and controversial. Whatever will the third book be like?

In Celadine, we are thrust back i
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jennifer Wardrip
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In book two of THE TOUCHSTONE TRILOGY, we are introduced to Celandine and her life in 1915.

Her governess is horrible and enjoys making her life miserable. When she's sent off to boarding school, she hopes things will be better. Instead, she discovers things can and do get worse. She's bullied and accused of being a witch, and to make matters worse, her country is at war with Germany.

When Celandine has the chance, she runs away from school and goes t
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that when I first picked up 'The Various' around age ten, I found the book rather tedious despite my love of the subject matter - fairies, or 'the little people'. I, however, persisted, and made my way through 'Celandine', the prequel to 'The Various' and 'Winetr Wood'. I enjoyed 'Celandine' much more than 'The Various' yet failed to pick up a copy of 'Winter Wood' until sometime earlier this year. Having reread the first two books in the trilogy, I can now appreciate the near-flaw ...more
Book 2 in this series was definitely better then Book 1. The storyline is beginning to take more shape and it becomes clear that this book is not really about "faires" or "The Various" as they are called in the book, but instead about the family on who's land they reside, and the relationship that develops with this family across generations. In this light, this story, and this book in particular, is more about a young girl's struggles in her life and how her relationship with the little folk he ...more
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Now that I'm nearly done reading 'Celandine' I am wishing I had gone back and read 'The Various' to refresh my mind, which is rarely compared to a steel trap. However, there's always next time, and there will be a next time. 'Celandine' is the second in a trilogy which crosses the borders of time, existence and reality. In it, we get to meet Celandine, Midge's predecessor, made famous in 'The Various'. I always like a heroine who is extraordinary but even more ordinary and Celandine is that.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sequel to 'The Various' or, actually, prequel: this takes us back to 1915 and the story of Celandine, Midge's ancestor and the first of her family to encounter the Various. This is very much a book of two halves: the story of Celandine, which is largely taken up with a long, miserable period of exile at a strictly-run boarding school peopled by hateful fellow-students and teachers who are little better and, running alongside that, the Ickri's pilgrimage from the cold north in search of their los ...more
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story of the Various. There are 2 tales in this book. One is of the Ickri and their journey back to the Naiad to find the Orbis and reunite the Touchstone with it. The other of Celandine, which starts out as a little girl who fell down the hill during the Coronation party. While laying in the shade she first spies the Various in the trees.

The story follows Celandine while she is tormented in a horrible boarding school (being Austrian during WW1 was no picnic, but this school
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jade, Becky
Rather more substantial than the first book in the series, this deals with the history hinted at in 'The Various' - Midge's great aunt Celandine and her encounters with the 'little people' (and various others, including the dreadful lot at Mount Pleasant school).

I found this book completely engrossing, and the depictions of the little folk are unlike most found in books. These are no charming, pretty little fairies or elves, but ragged little tribes eking out a meager existence in the woods, liv
Juniper Sparks
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Celandine is an exciting book with a black and white illustration in nearly every chapter, such as the one on page six of a train. The book had a lot of words that I did not know. Some parts of the book were also quite confusing until later in the book when it is all explained. Overall, I would rate this book 7/10. The book begins with a part far into the book, and is therefore confusing until that much of the book is read. Celandine, the main character, is very brave. After escaping her school, ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely am in love with this book and Celandine and the Various themselves. I realize I started the series on the second book, but hopefully (it being a prequel) it didn't spoil too much fun. I found myself browsing the Teen section of the library and am surprised by the intriguing books I have added on my to read list. This book tells a timeless ageless story. I will be encouraging my 8 year old son to read it as well. For a "children's" or "teen" book it has absolutely no cheesiness whats ...more
Aug 12, 2009 added it
I picked this up having no idea what it would be: no dust jacket information, the back cover only says, "Not everything in this world should be seen by us, nor should it be...", and I didn't have the time to read the first pages or find a book I'd actually heard of. If I had read the first few pages, I probably wouldn't have read it, but then I'd miss out on something amazing.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazingly good. The characters, the story, the dialect all blew me away. It's better than the first in the series: cleverer, more engaging. I can't wait for Winter Wood to come in through interlibrary loan.
Cupcake Girl
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Celandine is a rather naughty girl which is half of what made this book so fun. When she attacks her evil governess, Miss Bell, and makes her leave, Celandine is sent to a boarding school. With Horrible teachers and nasty girls how will Celandine survive? Answer: She runs away 3 times. Once she runs away she seeks refuge with the various.
Cheryl Estorgio - Pontillas
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I believe that there is an explanation of everything- although we shall never know the explanation for everything. Not everything in this world can be understood by us. Nor should it be. It is not necessary.+
Joseph Levesque
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-lit
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Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
So many layers to this story. Great period piece information, wonderful detail in the accents and life patterns ... a formidable lead character and a wonderful other-world hideaway. Great escapism, reminiscent of King's 'Stig of the Dump' on a grander scale.
I didn't actually finish this before I had to take it back to the library.

While it's well-written it didn't grab me and I wonder if it would grab any teen/young adult readers. Perhaps I didn't give it long enough.
Dec 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-children
I read this 2nd book in the trilogy first. So far, I'm not sorry, because book 1 (The Various) happens much later in the timeline. This book has some fairly depressing parts during Celandine's boarding school experience, but has a satisfying ending. Not necessarily happy, but satisfying.
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this after finishing The Various, and it lived up to the anticipation. Definitely up there with The Stolen Child and every other wonderful magical children's adventure tale.
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Liked this one just as much as first one!
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
some chapters were good and some were not so good.
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was a very good read! I enjoyed it, and am currently reading the first of the Trilogy.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Sep 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anybody
luv dis!!
Apr 14, 2009 marked it as to-read
i hope this is a good book!! does anyone know?
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I began writing children's books when I was at art college, which means that I’ve spent over thirty years as a children's author. Must be nearly time to grow up. About eighty titles published to date, I think. These include story books and pop-ups for younger readers, as well as my more recent novels for older children. I'm also an illustrator and paper-engineer, and you can see examples of this t ...more
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Touchstone Trilogy (3 books)
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“I believe there is an explanation for everything - although we shall never know the explanation for everything. Not everything in this world can be understood by us, nor should it be. It is not necessary.” 4 likes
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