Reader Reviewed Spirit by Sally Christie


Written by Sally Christie

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May 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: old magic in the real world of today

A game of Truth or Dare in the humdrum setting of a school trip coach journey is the starting point for Sally Christie’s highly original story. Matt isn’t a quick thinker, so when he’s asked to tell his new school mates something true and unusual, he reveals that he’s seen a fairy. No-one believes him except for Jazzy - perhaps playing Ariel in a production of The Tempest has coloured her view of the world. Together they keep watch in the local woods for its mysterious inhabitants, to the confusion and envy of Jazzy’s former best friend Tash. Next to the strange, magical fairy world glimpsed in the woods, our own seems both more vivid and shabbier, but this beautifully-written, unforgettable story ends with a real sense of hope and growth. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Seren Daly, age 11 - 'This is a fantastic book about the adventures of two young teenagers. I could recommend it to anyone.'
  • Bella, age 10 - 'A strange story with lots going on.'
  • Linda - 'Overall, the story has a lovely vibe about it, that would also be suitable for 11+ readers that want a quick read and  for slightly older non-confident readers as it’s a simple, but well written story.            
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 11 - 'An intriguing story of magic and friendship. Matt, a talented footballer, is new in town and a discovery he makes in the woods makes it even harder for him to try and fit in.' 
  • Toby Little, age 10 - 'I liked the descriptive language in the book...The book is magical and fantastical, and I think it’ll suit readers from about age 9, who like magical stories.'


Spirit by Sally Christie

Matt is new, quiet and shy. Jazzy is outspoken, popular, confident. They'd never normally be friends. But things in the village of Burnham Stone aren't normal: Matt has seen something extraordinary up in Burnham Wood. And Jazzy is the only one who believes him. With the help of Matt's little dog and Jazzy's little sister, the two make surprising discoveries - and unleash such a powerful force that nothing can ever be the same again. A wonderful story about friends, growing up, and the very real magic in the world around us.

About the Author

Sally Christie

Sally Christie's first job, nearly thirty years ago, was with a publisher of children's books. While she was there, she had a go at writing herself and (cunningly calling herself Syd Carter) sent the story to an editor in her own office. It was accepted. She has grown up a lot since then, with two notable results: The Icarus Show is a much better story than Syd's was; and she felt able to submit it to David Fickling Books under her own name.

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282 pages


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David Fickling Books

Publication date

3rd May 2018




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