Paul Durham

Paul was raised in Massachusetts and attended college and law school in Boston. He now works as an entertainment lawyer, and serves as a Trustee of the not-for-profit New Hampshire Writers Project, an organization that helps get unpublished authors published and published authors read. In Exeter, New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife, two daughters and an enormous, bushy cat, Paul writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck. THE LUCK UGLIES is his first novel.


The Luck Uglies

Stefan Bachmann, author of THE PECULIAR and THE WHATNOT: "Funny, magical, and absolutely crackling with those little sparks that make a book wonderful. It's an action-packed adventure with heroes you'll root for and baddies you'll hiss at, all set in a land that I, for one, would love to visit again."

Marissa Burt, author of STORYBOUND and STORY'S END: "Midnight adventures, smart humor, a richly imagined otherworld, and winsome characters - THE LUCK UGLIES has the perfect ingredients for a spell-binding read. If you are lucky enough to pick up this book, prepare for a wild ride!"

Christopher Healy, author of the HERO'S GUIDE series: "Paul Durham has created the best kind of fantasy world - one that is equal parts wondrous and deadly, and in which the line between heroism and villainy is deliciously blurred."

The Luck Uglies #2: Fork-Tongue Charmers
It's not easy being the daughter of the High Chieftain of the Luck Uglies. Now an insidious new lawman in Drowning has declared Rye an outlaw, and she's stuck on the strange and remote Isle of Pest. But the island quickly feels much less remote when the battle to control the future of the Luck Uglies moves to its shores. To defeat the Luck Uglies' bitterest rivals, Rye must defy a deranged earl, survive a test meant to judge the grit of the fiercest men-and uncover some long-buried family secrets. And when Rye leads the charge to defend the island, she and her friends will meet an eerily familiar enemy. . .

The Luck Uglies #3: The Last Reckoning (UK Edition)
In this exhilarating conclusion to the critically acclaimed Luck Uglies series, the final battle between the Luck Uglies and the treacherous Fork-Tongue Charmers comes to Rye O'Chanter's doorstep. Filled with adventure, humor, friendship, and a hint of magic, this fantasy series is an irresistible cross between Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series and Joseph Delaney's Last Apprentice. When Rye travels back home to Village Drowning to help her father with his plan to defeat the Luck Uglies' bitter rivals, she finds the place in shambles. Monstrous Bog Noblins now raid the streets at night. And people are afraid to leave their houses because no one is around to protect them. Rye realizes she can't wait for the adults to sort it out -so she enlists her friends to come up with a plan. A plan that could change everything for Drowning . . . because the only way to save her village may be to destroy it. The Luck Uglies was named an ALA Notable Children's Book as well as a New York Public Library Title for Reading and Sharing, and it won the Cybil Award for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction.

The Luck Uglies #3: Rise of the Ragged Clover (US Edition)

Forthcoming April 2016

"A reckoning is imminent for Rye, Harmless, and the village of Drowning in the final volume of this entertaining and original series. Having escaped death more times than seems possible, Harmless prepares for a final showdown with Slinister, the leader of the Fork-Tongue Charmers, for the right to be called High Chieftain of the Luck Uglies. But with the Luck Uglies scattered, Bog Nobbins have overrun Drowning, leaving the village a terrorized, mostly abandoned place. Rye once again finds herself in the middle of the action, and as she and her friends battle to save the village, her breathless recklessness will either doom or preserve them. Durham has infused such life into Rye' s world over the course of this series that watching it teeter makes for a heart-stopping reading experience. But as Harmless says, "Sometimes, when you get to the end, you realize that the journey was the best part," and Rye O' Chanter' s journey from ragamuffin to heroine has been nothing less than exhilarating." -Kara Dean, Booklist