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The Colour of Hope

Written by Ross MacKenzie

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The Colour of Hope Review

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers

The captivating story of a brave girl struggling to find her place in a world where her very appearance puts her in danger

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2022

Award-winning Ross MacKenzie’s The Colour of Hope is a tour de force! It’s an adventure which is as warm-hearted as it is exciting, and as imaginative as it is full of meaning. Set in a cruel world from which all the colour has been stolen by the wicked Emperor and his Necromancer, it tells how a few brave people fight to bring back the colour which they know is rightfully theirs.

At the heart of the story is Hope, a miracle baby girl who cannot disguise her natural colour. Hope’s parents are killed trying to get her to a place of safety. Can her adoptive father keep her safe by staying hidden deep in the forest? And what part can she play in bringing colour back to everyone?

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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The idea of a child born in colour in a black and white world had been living in my head for quite some time, but I think the stresses and trials of the past eighteen months really focussed the concept in my imagination. Many of the simple pleasures that I had taken for granted disappeared for a while, and those dark times made it that much easier to imagine a place where colour and joy could quite literally be drained away. This is a story about friendship and loss, betrayal and bravery. But at the core of it all is hope. Because there is always hope, isn’t there? - Ross MacKenzie

Julia Eccleshare's Picks for May 2022
Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush by Camilla Sucre
The Colour of Hope by Ross MacKenzie
The Wind In The Willows by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
Magicborn by Peter Bunzl

The Colour of Hope Synopsis

Years ago, the Emperor used dark magic to steal all the colour from the world. Now he keeps it for himself, enjoying its life-giving power while everyone else must exist in cold shades of grey.

That is, until a miracle baby is born - everything she touches turns to colour. But the child's life is in danger from her very first breath. Soon the Emperor's murderous Ripper Dogs and Black Coats come hunting.

Can the girl and her adopted father survive in the forest - and what will it take to return colour and hope to the world?

The Colour of Hope Press Reviews

'Pure brilliance... A dazzling spectrum of non-stop thrills' - Piers Torday

'It's as magical as it is original; infused with a glittering rainbow of strange enchantments, colourful characters, and brave hearts' - Thomas Taylor

Praise for Evernight;

“There’s epic good-versus-evil fantasy in Evernight, an assured and atmospheric novel.”  Guardian

“A vivid imaginative world, dripping with genuine menace, violence and rich, complex characters. You’ll be breathless by the end.”  Daily Mail

“Themes of loyalty, bravery and the abuse of power are driven through a fast-paced plot set in a richly textured world.”   The i

“With its heart-in-mouth chases, evil witch and two brave friends, it’s compellingly scary.”  New Statesman

“A fast paced and gripping thriller,... Evernight maintains the suspense right until the final page...”  The Scotsman

“An assured fantasy adventure set in a richly imagined world.”  The Bookseller

“A story to devour, and then savour. Evernight is alive with thrilling darkness and vivid magic”  Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

“Evernight is an artfully spun story, vividly conjuring a complex and convincing world of witches and magic unlike any other. A triumph of the imagination”  M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy


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ISBN: 9781839132025
Publication date: 05/05/2022
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839132025
Publication date: 5th May 2022
Author: Ross MacKenzie
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Ross MacKenzie

Ross MacKenzie is the author of fantasy adventure, Zac and the Dream Pirates, winner of a Scottish Children's Book Award in 2012. He lives in Renfrew, where he grew up, with his wife and baby daughter, but spends much of his time in another world. A Q&A with Ross about his novel The Nowhere Emporium Where did your inspiration for The Nowhere Emporium come from? It’s a bit mysterious, actually! The Emporium sort of popped into my head fully formed. I could see this strange old shop so clearly in my head, the sparkling black brick and ...

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