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Written by Lucy Hope

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Fledgling Review

Adventure Stories Debuts of the Month Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 9+ readers

A story that soars, powered by imagination

November 2021 Debut of the Month

Cassie Engels lives in a house built into rock, deep in the Bavarian Forest. She shares the house with her parents and her grandmother, who is dying, and with a huge collection of stuffed owls. Then, one stormy night, something else arrives, something extraordinary. The new arrival, small as a baby, four tiny wings protruding from its shoulder blades, is a cherub. But why has she come now and who, or what, is coming after her? How is her arrival connected with Cassie’s friend Raphael, and is there something in her own family history that has brought the creature to the house in the rock? With a nod to David Almond’s Skellig, Lucy Hope’s debut is strange and haunting, daring, sometimes demanding but always compelling.

Readers who enjoy Lucy Hope’s book should also look out for The Lightning Catcher by Clare Weze or Ross Welford’s books.

Andrea Reece

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The Editor at Nosy Crow says: “Beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat stuff. A book to read in one sitting so clear your diaries!”

Fledgling Synopsis

A dark, gothic adventure set deep in a Bavarian forest, with angels and owls and magic and a boy who isn't all that he seems to be...

A cherub is blown into Cassie Engel's bedroom during a thunderstorm, triggering a series of terrifying events. Cassie must discover if its arrival was an accident or part of something more sinister. With a self-obsessed opera singer for a mother, a strange taxidermist father, and a best friend who isn't quite what he seems, Cassie is forced to unearth the secrets of her family's past. As the dark forces gather around them, can Cassie protect all that she holds dear?

The fantastic debut novel from Lucy Hope, with cover illustration by Anna Shepeta.

Fledgling Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Prepare for an exciting journey with this supernatural book! Cassie is about to find out there is more to her stuffed owl collection than she first thought... but that is only one of the surprises in store! Full review

Lucas Blake (Age 11)

Fledgling beautifully follows the story of Cassie Engel as she undercovers facts that will change her and the people around her lives forever. Full review

Lottie Clark (Age 11)

Fledgling is a brilliant book, full of adventure and excitement! This book was thrilling from start to finish and I didn't want to stop reading it. Full review

Skye Summers (Age 8)

Fledgling is a very descriptive book full of plots and twists that will make you feel like you’re in the book with the beautifully presented characters of Cassie Engel and Raphael. Full review

Rowan Helsby (Age 11)

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ISBN: 9781839941887
Publication date: 04/11/2021
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839941887
Publication date: 4th November 2021
Author: Lucy Hope
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Reviewed by Children
Collections: Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021,

About Lucy Hope

Lucy Hope grew up in North Wales, though now she lives in the Cotswolds. After jobs ranging from managing telecoms products to working in schools, she did a master's degree in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa university. Fledgling is her first novel.

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