Sylvie and the Songman by Tim Binding

Sylvie and the Songman

Written by Tim Binding

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By turns thrilling adventure and enchanting fantasy, this novel brims with music and magic as Sylvie tries to understand why her dog has lost its bark, the birds have stopped singing and her music-making father has disappeared. As she sets off on her journey with best-friend, but tone deaf, George, they are drawn into the haunting world of the Songman. This is definitely a classic in the making; a compelling and original story with vivid writing and some truly unforgettable scenes.


Sylvie and the Songman by Tim Binding

Sylvie Bartram lives alone with Mr. Jackson the dog and her eccentric composer father who invents strange and wonderful musical instruments. One day she returns from school to find a message left in toothpaste on the bathroom mirror; her father has been kidnapped. Later that night, the house is visited by a terrifying apparition - a half-man/half-creature who is searching for something and will not rest until he has found it ...Sylvie uncovers an underground world of magic and evil, and with help from her friends, she must hold off a power that threatens the lives of all beings in the world. The Songman is at large, and is determined to steal music and use it for his own evil ends ...An exhilarating and magical story that will appeal to all readers aged 9-14.

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Binding's magical story combines the thoughts of a confused young girl and those of the animals she encounters on her journey Daily Telegraph The stunning pencil illustrations add immeasurably to this story. Vivid writing, unforgettable scenes and a compelling story Carousel A well written fantasy adventure based around the issue of dealing with the loss of a parent. Vivid, original imagery in the writing is complemented by wonderful line drawings throughout The Bookseller A charming and original tale, ably told Observer Powerful, haunting ... Angela Barrett's delicate illustration intensifies the eerie magic. This is a classic in the making Irish Post

About the Author

Tim Binding

Novelist Tim Binding was born in Germany in 1947. A former editor at Penguin Books in London, he is a part-time commissioning editor at London publishers Simon & Schuster. He is the author of the novels, In the Kingdom of Air (1993), A Perfect Execution (1996) (shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize), Island Madness (1998), set on Guernsey during the Second World War, and Man Overboard (2005).

Tim Binding lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

1st October 2009




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