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Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: icicle-beautiful story of a girl touched by magic | In a story of magic and ancient beings, Amy Wilson allows us all to dream of what it would be like to have special, elemental powers. Owl has always wanted to know who her father is, but her mother has answered her questions only with folk stories. As she turns 12, the urge to find him is even deeper, as bizarre events disturb Owl’s ordinary teenage life. The truth is strange if wonderful: her father is none other than Jack Frost and Owl, half fay, shares some of his powers and trickster ways. As her father pays the fairy price for his misdemeanours, Owl is in danger too. Mystery, fantasy and gentle romance, this story will cast its magic over young readers and is the perfect winter read.
A Girl Called Owl is a fantastic wintry read, combining memorable characters, magic, adventure and, at its heart, the relationship between a young teenager and her mysterious, mischievous father. Inspired by the personifications of the seasons in folklore and ancient mythology, Amy Wilson has created an incredible debut novel with a difference, that will entrance and charm readers with its wit and warmth.
It's bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when you've got a dad you've never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, there's not a lot of room for much else. So when Owl starts seeing strange frost patterns on her skin, she's tempted to just burrow down under the duvet and forget all about it.
Could her strange new powers be linked to her mysterious father? And what will happen when she enters the magical world of winter for the first time?
Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read their full reviews.
[a] magical debut The Bookseller
A story of wild winds and bitter frosts with the warmth of friendship at its heart. Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher
A winter treat full of frosty magic Katherine Woodfine, bestselling author of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow
Absolutely breathtaking Judith, age 11 - Lovereadingkids reader reviewer
A magical and enchanting story about the mystical world of winter ... [with] adventure, power, trust, friendship and discovery. Freya, age 13 - Lovereading4kids reader review
Full of mystery with every turn of the page Rose, age 11 - Lovereading4kids reader review
|Publication date:||26th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
|Other Categories:||Books of the Year|
Amy Wilson has a background in journalism and lives in Bristol with her young family. She is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Creative Writing and is the author of the critically acclaimed novels A Girl Called Owl – nominated for the CILIP Carnegie medal – and A Far Away Magic. Snowglobe is her third novel for Macmillan. Photo credit Christopher RatcliffeMore About Amy Wilson