In a nutshell: magical quest adventure story with a strong sense of the natural world
Perfect for readers who enjoy magical adventures set in the wild world, Sylvia Linsteadt’s beautifully told story stars two children called upon to be brave and resolute, and has starring roles too for talking animals. Tin has grown up in the bleak environment of the City, taught to believe that everything beyond its walls is dead or dangerous; Comfrey is a country child, getting by on what her family can grow, and cautious of the mysterious Wild Folk. The children must work together to unite warring factions before it’s too late for everyone. Like the best fantasy adventures, the story feels as though it has grown out of legends passed down through generations, while at the same time conveying a topical message about the way nature and mankind’s future are inextricably linked.
** Note the extract available is a manuscript of the text only.
When Tin, an orphan City boy with a passion for invention, and curious Country girl Comfrey are visited by two young hares, it is the start of a magical quest. To stop the City from ravaging the Country, they must complete seemingly impossible challenges set by the mystical Wild Folk to find the one who holds the secret to saving their world.
The Wild Folk is a timeless adventure, weaving fantasy and folk lore into an enchanting tale that will fill you with wonder. The first in a duology, with a dash of Ursula Le Guin, a pinch of Frances Hardinge, and a generous helping from C.S. lewis, this is a future classic, filled with unforgettable and diverse characters, and a story to be read time and time again.
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|Publication date:||31st May 2018|
|Author:||Sylvia V. Linsteadt|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children, Summer Reading|
Sylvia graduated from Brown University, in Literary Arts, in 2011. She writes both fiction and nonfiction concerned with the relationship between human beings and the natural world. She won the James D. Phelan Literary Award from the San Francisco Foundation for The Gray Fox Epistles, which takes old fairytales and myths and plants them in a new landscape. She lives near San Francisco.More About Sylvia V. Linsteadt