The Mystery of the Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz

The Mystery of the Colour Thief

Written by Ewa Jozefkowicz

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In a nutshell: grief and loss turned into hope and resilience |

Izzy feels as if colour is leaching from her world, and literally. Plagued by nightmares of a shadowy, threatening figure, when she wakes in the morning colours appear to have been stripped out of the mural her mother painted for her. With her mother in a coma following an accident, Izzy’s world is already changed utterly, but extra pressure is added by her former best friend’s thoughtless, casual cruelty. Meeting Toby, whose own life was changed after a terrible accident, and the discovery of a young cygnet that needs their help, gradually restores Izzy’s understanding of her world. A touching novel of hope, friendship and resilience written with quiet assurance and a real sense of loss and recovery. ~ Andrea Reece


The Mystery of the Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz

A heartwarming story about families, friendships, school, nature, hope and self-confidence. After a frightening car accident, Izzy's mum is in a coma. Her family is in pieces. Her best friend at school has dumped her. And her nightmares are haunted by a shadowy man stealing all the colours from her world. She's trying so hard to be brave, but Izzy thinks everything is her fault. Then she meets her new neighbour, Toby, paralyzed after a skateboarding accident, and together they find a nest of cygnets who need rescuing. Particularly the odd one out, called Spike. Will saving Spike save Izzy? Will she and Toby solve the mystery of the colour thief and bring hope and happiness back to Izzy's life? Written with insight, compassion and empathy - an authentic story about real life and how to survive it.


'Moving and emotionally highly charged, this is a haunting story that will stay with you long after the last page is read' Parents in Touch

. 'A very thought provoking book; deeply moving with a very tragic story which could happen to anybody in real-life ... This is a fantastic story inspired by life' Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

'Paints a convincing picture of a harrowing time in a young life ... By no means a gloomy read, offering ample humour, hope and optimism' Booktrust

'This extremely readable novel lays bare the emotions of friendship and family, as well as exploring the impact of nature on our urban lives, and the ways in which we can find hope and confidence in ourselves' Minerva Reads

. 'A really impressive nuanced debut looking at how to cope with and survive life' Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

About the Author

Ewa Jozefkowicz grew up in Ealing, and studied English Literature at UCL. She currently works in marketing, and lives in Highbury, north London, with her husband.

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192 pages


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Zephyr an imprint of Head of Zeus

Publication date

3rd May 2018




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