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Maggie Blue and the Dark World

"A new author with a thrilling tale of courage, friendship and determination"

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Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2021 | October 2021 Debut of the Month

A debut author is always a new experience to read – and this new fantasy-type novel aimed at middle grade readers does not disappoint. Maggie is a child, isolated from her family (Dad left, Mum recovering from a breakdown of some sort) whilst she is nominally looked after by her somewhat odd Aunt Esme. She befriends a rather battered old cat with torn ears and one eye – whom she is convinced hums tunes to her.  

 

But that is only the start of rather strange occurrences – Maggie sees her enemy from school apparently disappeared into a parallel reality by the new, odd, threatening careers mistress.  What can she do – no one will believe her if she tells the truth…

 

So, Maggie is left with only one course of action – she must rescue Ida from whatever has made her disappear. The characters are so well drawn and delightfully eccentric that one can become totally engaged in this well-developed story. Hoagy, the cat, proves to be a firm friend, and courageous – helping Maggie not only rescue her enemy Ida, but by doing so rediscover some of the happiness she has lost in her oddly disconnected life.

 

An author worth watching – and a good read for fans of fantasy-based adventures. 

Tricia Adams

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