Twins Arthur and Rose can’t wait to go back to Roar, the fantasy world they get to through their grandad’s attic. Roar is a land of dragons, mermaids, unicorns, ninja wizards and where anything they can imagine can be real. 

But when they return there’s no time for exploring, because a message arrives from their scarecrow enemy, Crowky. 


The Box would always contain the things that scared the twins most – and if Crowky gets hold of it, Roar could be in more danger than ever. 

Soon they find themselves on another thrilling adventure, accompanied by old friends and new faces and seeing parts of Roar they’d almost forgotten. But will they get to the box before Crowky does? And if it opens, what will they see?

Praise for The Land of Roar:

‘This funny, captivating story is filled with the painful pangs of growing up and the transporting qualities of imagination’ Guardian

‘A vividly imagined adventure, […] full of heart, humour and a terrifying villain’ Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

‘This is proof, not that it’s needed, that Jenny McLachlan is a writer of enormous heart and versatility. I’m a really big fan’ Phil Earle, award-winning author of Being Billy and co-author of Get Me Out of Here! with Andy McNab

‘Roar is an exhilarating, hilarious, vividly drawn tribute to the power of the childhood imagination, the love of family and the magic we risk losing as we grow up. If you plan to visit one new place in 2019, make it Roar’ Sarah Driver, author of The Huntress trilogy

Beautifully illustrated throughout by Ben Mantle.


  1. Any guidance as to the age range of children who would enjoy having it read to them please? My 6 year old grandson loved having the Harry Potter books being read to him – would he like this do you think?

    1. Hi if your grandson enjoyed Harry Potter being read to him then I think he would enjoy The Land of Roar. It’s recommended for ages 8-12, but my daughter enjoyed it being read to her when she was seven. It has a some scary scarecrows in it, but nothing compared to the Death Eaters! The two main characters are eleven years old. I hope this helps.

  2. Dear Ms. McLachlan, I loved your book. I like the inspirational sentences like: to dream what you want to dream. Write so more. Best wishes. Scarlett Amsterdam NL

    1. Hi Scarlett I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reply. I’ve got a big behind with my messages recently because my children are at home and it gets hard to write at the same time! I’m so pleased that you enjoyed my book and took inspiration from it. It means a lot to me. Have you read my other teen books? You might like Sunkissed right now. It’s a good book for the summer. Take care, xx Jenny

  3. Hello Jenny, What an amazing adventure. We have just finished Return to Roar having borrowed The Land of Roar from the library during lockdown and preordered your new book as soon as we finished the first. My 6 & 4 year olds absolutely love the series (as do their parents and grandparents who have all had the pleasure of reading chapters) and we can’t wait until #3! My 4 year old puts a deep voice on all through the day and pretends to be Croaky, haha! I thought they might be a bit scared of the scarecrow army and croaky but they have been captivated and have lost themselves in the wonderful world of roar. Thanks for writing such fun stories.

    1. Hi Kate, thank you for leaving such a lovely message. I’m absolutely thrilled that your 6 & 4 year olds (AND grandparents!!) have enjoyed the Roar books so much. You’ll be pleased to know that I’m busy editing book 3 right now – at least I should be! It’s brilliant that they read them with their grandparents because – as you could probably tell – the book is all about how wonderful grandparents are. Mine certainly inspired Grandad! I fear slightly for your youngest’s voice – Crowky is a challenging one to sustain – but I love the idea of a 4 year old going around talking with a sinister voice! When I’ve read it to my children I’ve begun reading Crowky with a full on croak, but had to give up after a few sentences! Thank you again for such a kind letter and Roar 3 is coming soon – please reassure your children that lots of wildly adventurous things are going to happen to Rose and Arthur!

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