1919. Henry has moved to the countryside with her parents and her baby sister, Piglet – all still scarred by the death of her brother. Alone in her head, she begins to explore her surroundings, encouraged by her only friends – characters from her favourite books. Nobody much notices when she wanders into the woods at the bottom of the garden and meets Moth, a striking witch-like woman. Together they form a bond that could help Henry save her family.
About The Author
This is the first novel written by Lucy Strange, a teacher who was once a singer and an actress.
I picked this book up as a Christmas present for my daughter Lily. It was recommended by the lady that worked at Waterstones and the blurb was quite intriguing. Its themes are of loss of loved ones, depression and mental illness. The last two aren’t themes touched upon often in fiction aimed at younger readers. However, I think Lucy Strange wrote about them with care and consideration and in a way that is understandable but not heavy. The overriding theme is hope, strength and strong will, written through the eyes of our courageous little star, Henry.
Though this book is aimed at middle-grade children, I thoroughly enjoyed following Henry’s emotive journey in this beautifully descriptive and magical book. All my questions were answered and there’s a lovely sprinkling of other well-known books for the little reader to search out once they’re done reading this one.
I would definitely recommend this book for you or your children to read and it would make a lovely gift.
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