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Authors: Alex Cliff
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    Published 2007
    Text copyright © Alex Cliff, 2007
Illustrations copyright © Leo Hartas, 2007
All rights reserved
    The moral right of the author and illustrator has been asserted
    Set in Bembo
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Made and printed in England by Clays Ltd, St Ives plc
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    EISBN : 978–0–141–90245–6
    For Peter, for everything, but most of all for
hearing the clipper-clapper and for always
knowing what I wish to sing.
(Stephen Crane:
There was a Man
with Tongue of Wood)
    Just imagine…
    One Who Will it Be?
    Two Despair!
    Three The Raging Bulls
    Four Bucking Bronco!
    Five Taming a Bull
    Six The Battle Begins!
    Seven The Symbol in the Wall
    Eight The Power of Fellowship
    Nine Scars

    the grey stone walls of a ruined castle on a hillside. Beyond the castle walls, a dark moat glitters. It is quiet and peaceful, apart from the occasional caw of a group of ravens perched on the castle walls.
    A thunderclap echoes around the castle keep. The ravens fly into the air in alarm as a hawk with cruel eyes swoops out ofthe blue sky. The hawk lands beside the castle’s one remaining tower. As it lands, it changes into a very tall woman. A cloak of brown-grey feathers swirls from her shoulders and her black eyes flash angrily. This is the evil goddess Juno.
    She snaps her fingers and the stones on the inside of the tower wall start to crumble away. A man’s proud face appears. He grabs the edges of the hole. ‘Today is the day, Juno!’ he roars. ‘Today I will get the last of my superpowers back!’
    â€˜Never, Hercules!’ Juno cries. ‘I will not stand by and watch it happen!’
    Hercules thumps his fist into the wall of the tower. ‘Seven tasks, you have set those two boys. They have succeeded in six. If they complete the final task today, I will get the last of my superpowers backand will be able to break free from these walls. Then –’ he glares at her – ‘then you will be sorry!’
    â€˜But you will
get the power back today!’ Juno shrieks. ‘The boys must bring twenty raging bulls back to the castle. No mortal could ever do that. The bulls will trample and gore them. They

    will not survive. And when they die so do your chances of escape,

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