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Publication Date: 5 Sep 2019
Subject: Children's novels
Suitable for: Primary
|Paperback||20 Aug 2020||
The time of green magic
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A girl and her two step brothers investigate strange happenings in their new family home
When Theo and Polly marry, blending their single parent families together, their children find it hard to relinquish their old lives. Max realizes his birth dad will never come home now, while Abi suddenly finds herself a middle child, expected to share far too much - especially with grubby little Louis. The family start over together, stretching their finances to the limit and renting an eerie, ivy-covered house, big enough for all of them.
But when the children are alone there, strange things start to happen. Worried, Louis summons comfort from outdoors, and a startling guest arrives - is it a cat, or an owl, or something else? Abi reads alone, tumbling deep into books. Max loses his best friend and falls in love.
Meanwhile, Louis' secret visitor is becoming much too real. And when Max and Abi too start to see the great spotted cat-thing that arrives in the night, it becomes a problem the three of them must find a way to solve - together. But where has the creature come from, and how will he get back?
NOTE: One instance of swearing ('bloody') so you may prefer to shelve this in teen colls.
NOTE: Empathy Lab 2021 - Primary List
NOTE: UKLA Book Awards 2021 - Longlist
There is so much about this book that is worth getting excited about - the magical elements are expertly woven through what is essentially a family drama, the characters are charming and immensely likeable and there is a rich atmosphere enveloping it all. It's a cosy read, perfect for curling up with as the nights draw in. As someone who reads and reviews a huge amount of children's and young adult fiction (and can occasionally feel jaded by that), this was a book which made me remember why I love children's fiction so much. One to savour and promote widely.
One instance of swearing ('bloody') so you may prefer to shelve this in teen colls.