Published Jan 2000
These are the first three stories of the Tollins. Yes, they do have wings, but no, they aren’t fairies. Tollins are a lot less fragile than fairies. In fact, the world ‘fragile’ can’t really be used about them at all. They are about as fragile as a housebrick. In ‘How to Blow-Up Tollins’ a firework factory comes to the village of Chorleywood and the Tollins find themselves being used as industrial supplies. Being blasted into the night sky or spun round on a Catherine wheel is nowhere near as much fun as it sounds. One young Tollin must save his people from becoming an ingredient. In ‘Sparkler and the Purple Death’ our hero looks execution in the face. Luckily, the executioner’s mask is on back to front. Finally in ‘Wind-Bags and Dark Tollins’, Tollin society faces a threat from Dorset, which, again, is much more frightening and nail-bitingly dramatic than it actually sounds.