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By Ash, Oak and Thorn

Written by Melissa Harrison

Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Featured Books for 9+ readers Stories about Animals The Natural World

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Melissa Harrison says 'Stories were a crucial way in which I connected with nature as a little girl, imaginatively and emotionally. I'd love to see a new wave of children's nature writing follow these books and help today's kids do the same. I wanted to write something that was accessible and inclusive, funny and magical – that didn’t prioritise the countryside over the city, and that allowed children to understand that other creatures are as real as they are – that humans are not the only actors on the stage.'

By Ash, Oak and Thorn Synopsis

A breathtaking tale of the rich, wild world and all its wonder from acclaimed nature writer and Costa Award-shortlisted novelist, Melissa Harrison - the perfect read for children for spring and summer! 

Three tiny, ancient beings - Moss, Burnet and Cumulus, once revered as Guardians of the Wild World - wake from winter hibernation in their beloved ash tree home. When it is destroyed, they set off on an adventure to find more of their kind, a journey which takes them first into the deep countryside and then the heart of a city. Helped along the way by birds and animals, the trio search for a way to survive and thrive in a precious yet disappearing world ...

The breathtaking children's debut from acclaimed nature writer and literary fiction novelist, Melissa Harrison,.

Inspired by 1942 classic The Little Grey Men by BB, with shades of The Borrowers. A tale of disappearing wilderness that couldn't be more relevant in today's environmental crisis, brought to life for children by three tiny, funny, eternal beings - the hidden folk.

By Ash, Oak and Thorn Press Reviews

'Timely and magical, it will open the young reader's eyes to the wonders of the natural world.' Natasha Farrant

'Each page brims with the wonder of our natural world, so much to learn but all a sheer delight.' Piers Torday 

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ISBN: 9781913322120
Publication date: 06/05/2021
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913322120
Publication date: 6th May 2021
Author: Melissa Harrison
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Ecological and Environmental, Animals, The Natural World

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