Life has just gone from bad to worse for Sam Donnelly. School has broken up for the summer holidays, which is a good thing, but his mum is sick with a mystery illness and he's been sent to The Bay to stay with his bullying twin cousins indefinitely. What Sam doesn't kw is that his life is about to change, forever. His discovery of a gold medallion at the beach sees him plunged into an adventure, and into ather realm that he had only imagined existed in legends. His loyal friend Jackson unwittingly comes along for the ride, and grudgingly accepts his fate when the boys realise that there's turning back even if they wanted to. Their destination is Auratus, the golden city, and Sam's task is to return the medallion to the Solarium in the Golden Tower. If they fail, the world will fall into darkness and to be ruled by Sceleratus, the evil Sea Lord, who will stop at thing to get the Sun Medallion. Can Sam save Auratus and his mum? And will he and Jackson ever find their way home? What the reviewers say: Any story worth its weight in gold should hold the reader prisoner in its world and out of yours. This story is crafted in such a way to do that, Colin Mathura-Jeffree Adventure, mystery and a plethora of colourful undersea creatures await as you turn each page and explore a wondrous ocean world with best mates Sam and Jackson, Kendall Hewetson The Medallion of Auratus is a fantastic story. With very contemporary characters, Enting takes us on a riveting journey that's a mixture of Jules Verne and a Greek hero myth. It's an intelligent read loaded with classical references that come to life for young readers. It's also full of humor, danger, mystery and action...Enting leaves you hanging on the edge at the end of each chapter. If your kids are anything like mine, they'll be pleading to keep reading and stay up late to hear what happens next in this confusing world of maritime mystery, Patrick Rose The book's heroes are children in a faraway and strange land but one that is grounded in just eugh reality to make it utterly engaging and believable, Kate Jorgensen Beautifully written and gloriously descriptive. The story-telling is spellbinding; it reminded me of being a child again and reading C.S. Lewis, Meg Matthews. The Medallion of Auratus takes the reader to a richly imagined, highly creative watery world filled with twists and turns that move the action along at a page-turning pace. Nikki Birrell
Carolyn Enting was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and grew up in a rural bush setting on Blue Mountains Road overlooking the Tararua mountain ranges. The family home, built in the early 1970s by her parents, had floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in the high stud lounge that spanned two levels. The lounge also housed a tree trunk at its centre upon which a mezzanine platform with more bookshelves perched - like a floating tree house library. Many solitary hours in her childhood were spent reading fantasy and detective novels as well as writing stories dreamed up in her imagination, and exploring the bush and surrounding farm country. She currently lives in Auckland where she is associate editor of MiNDFOOD magazine. Prior to moving to MiNDFOOD in 2012, she worked for The Dominion Post in Wellington for 11 years as a feature writer and fashion editor. Titles she worked for as a journalist prior to that include the Upper Hutt Leader and Army News. In 2013 she received the Star Beauty Outstanding Contribution to Beauty Journalism - New Zealand award at the beautydirectory Star Awards. The Medallion of Auratus is her debut novel.