TorchJill Paton Walsh
science fiction, history, young adult
Their parents have decided; young Cal and Dio will marry. On the wedding day, they follow the village custom of going to visit the old man who lives in the marble fields, so that he can bless their marriage. But the old man has hurt himself and is dying, and his last words reveal his secret: he was the guardian of the last Olympic torch, and now Dio must carry on in his place. And so Cal and Dio, along with a few of their friends, set out on an extraordinary journey to discover the torch's true meaning and to find its home.
Jill Paton Walsh is the author of books for adults, young adults and children. Her novel Knowledge of Angels was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Her crime novels and mystery novels include The Attenbury Emeralds, A Presumption of Death, The Wyndham Case and A Piece of Justice, which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. With Dorothy L. Sayers, she was co-author of Thrones, Dominations. Her novels for children and young adults include A Parcel of Patterns. She lives in Cambridge, England.