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Blue John

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The Queen of Darkness lives under the ground in the shadow of a mountain, Mam Tor. Before she was carried down into the shelter of the cavern, she snatched the two things she could not bear to leave behind - the purple-blue heart of the glacier and the gold of the sun. Out of these she makes a child and names him Blue John. He lives in the caves with her, forbidden to go out into the light. One day a party of children comes to the caves and Blue John follows them out into the sunshine and is turned to stone. (Blue John is a precious stone mined in the Blue John and Treak caverns of Derbyshire. The name is said to come from the French bleu-jaune.)


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Hardback Editions

April 2003 : USA Hardback

Title: Blue John (Viking Kestrel picture books)
Author(s): Berlie Doherty
ISBN: 0-670-91164-X / 978-0-670-91164-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Children's Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2017 : UK Paperback

Title: Blue John (Little Gems)
Author(s): Berlie Doherty
ISBN: 1-78112-578-3 / 978-1-78112-578-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
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April 2003 : UK Paperback

Title: Blue John
Author(s): Berlie Doherty
ISBN: 0-14-056872-7 / 978-0-14-056872-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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