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The Afterwards

Written by A.F. Harrold

Illustrated by Emily Gravett

Adventure Stories Family / Home Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction

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A powerful, poignant, darkly comic and deeply moving story about friendship at its most extraordinary.

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The Afterwards Synopsis

Fact: Ember and Ness are best friends. There's nothing more to say about it. It is what it is. It is what will always be. Ember and Ness. Then Ness dies. It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. How can this be? When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that's what friends do isn't it? They rescue each other. They help. They never give up. Ember and Ness. That don't change.

Dark, poetic, comic and heartwrenching with wonderfully apt illustrations

The Afterwards Press Reviews

A brave, challenging and beautifully written book that unflinchingly confronts death, grief and denial, but which is redeemed by a dark humour and, beneath everything, a beating heart of love - Daily Mail

Gripping and poignant, a look at what it means to be brave and alive in the face of loss - Kirkus, starred review

Inventively meshes - and blurs - the realistic and the fanciful ... Aided by Gravett's evocative art, Harrold brings this eerie, Briticism-laced tale about accepting change, letting go, and love's indissoluble bonds to an affecting finale that is very much grounded in real life - Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Imaginary;

By turns scary and funny, touching without being sentimental, and beautifully illustrated by Emily Gravett, The Imaginary is a delight from start to finish - Financial Times

A moving read about loyalty and belief in the extraordinary - Guardian

This is young fiction of the very best quality, showcasing inspiration, inventiveness and an intoxicating passion for storytelling. The Imaginary has the potential to be a family favourite and a future classic - Booktrust

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781408894347
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408894316
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408894347
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Author: A.F. Harrold
Illustrator: Emily Gravett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories, Fantasy / Magical, General Fiction

About A.F. Harrold

A.F. Harrold is an English poet who writes and performs for adults and children. He spends his time showing off on stage, writing poems and books, and stroking his beard (it helps churn the ideas). He is the author of the Fizzlebert Stump series and the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal longlisted The Imaginary, illustrated by Emily Gravett. He lives in Reading with a stand-up comedian and two cats. Emily Gravett was born in Brighton. After leaving school with few qualifications, she spent eight years living on the road before getting a place on the BA illustration course ...

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