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Thomas Leeds

Children's Writer

Author of Jayben and the Golden Torch and Jayben and the Star Glass

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Thomas writes children’s novels inspired by his extraordinary life with a brain injury and epilepsy. Having lost all his memories in an accident, he re-discovered reading and writing and was inspired to write an adventure story after regaining a childhood memory. He lives in Essex, making new happy memories with his wife Sophie and their two young children.

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The JAYBEN Series

Book 1: Jayben and the Golden Torch

Out now!

Book 2: Jayben and the Star Glass

Available to pre-order:
In shops March 2024!


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Jayben and the Star Glass

Book 2 - coming March 2024

The second book in an incredible immersive fantasy series about a boy with no memories and a world that only he can save. Perfect for fans of Francesca Gibbons and The Land of Roar.

Jayben has realised his destiny as the Ninth Dreamer; he is the only one with the power to defeat Null, the villain who has been making everyone in the Elf World forget, but the Golden Torch has been stolen. Without it, Jayben must find another way to harness his power.

When Jayben finds a golden gemstone, he struggles to recall its significance. But a wise captain on board a great ship tells him that it's an enchanted Star Glass gemstone, which could make Jayben powerful enough to defeat Null's wickedness once and for all.

But Null is on the way to the sweltering desert of Fellooz, where there is an ancient tomb full of Star Glass gems, which will make Null three times more powerful with a single touch if held under the magical light of the impending solar eclipse.

Can Jayben beat Null to the tomb before the eclipse ... and will he harness his powers before Null wipes everyone's memories for ever?

Praise for Jayben and the Golden Torch:
'I loved this book - a triumphant and richly imagined fantasy as well as a compelling insight into life with seizures and memory loss. I can't wait to see where this story goes!' - Lee Newbery, author of The Last Firefox
'A modern classic of children's fantasy with a necessary hero' - Lizzie Huxley-Jones

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Jayben and the Golden Torch

Book 1 - out now!

Can one boy with no memories save the world?

In the Earth world, a boy dreams of faraway lands to escape life with his horrible aunt.
In the Elf world, he wakes up with a mysterious golden torch but without any clue who he is ...
except for the compass he pulls from his pocket, engraved with one name:

Jayben discovers that many moons ago, a giant put a dark spell on the golden torch, and the elves forgot everything that had come before. Now they hang precious memories in jars on trees, just to try to remember.

But a new darkness grows among them.

An evil villain called Null is burning down the forests, hellbent on finding the torch and becoming the most powerful being ever to live.

If Jayben can find his own magic and ignite the torch with its fierce violet flame, his power will be unstoppable ... Can Jayben save the world before the lights go out forever?

A story of courage, hope and friendship. Whatever pages are missing in your story, you can be the hero on the next page.

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Abi Fellows at DHH Literary Agency

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