The Cradle of All Worlds: The Jane Doe Chronicles

Stranger Things meets Pullman’s Northern Lights in this dark and magical fantasy adventure.


Fourteen years ago, Jane Doe and her father arrived on the steps of the Manor – the entrance to a dangerous labyrinth connecting the island of Bluehaven to many other worlds. That was the same night the earthquakes started, and Jane and her silent, troubled father, John have been feared and despised ever since. When the strongest quake yet strikes and John disappears back into the Manor, Jane embarks on a perilous adventure to find her father and save her world – perhaps all worlds – from destruction …

Fans of Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson adventures, Frances Hardinge and the Netflix blockbuster Stranger Things will love this heart-pounding and spell-binding middle grade adventure with its nod to the classic 80s movies The Goonies and Indiana Jones.

‘Stuffed with monsters, double-crossing and heaps of peril. Jane’s a vibrant, winning heroine, full of wit and sarcasm, and Jeremy Lachlan’s cinematic writing is a joy’ – Booktrust

Jeremy Lachlan, a Sydney bookseller, has always been obsessed with the big epic adventures such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and The Chronicles of Narnia – and was inspired to write The Cradle of All Worlds while lost in the Cairo Museum. The first book in a duology, this is his debut novel.

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