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Written by Vashti Hardy

Key Stage 2 Fantasy / Magical

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A Ghost Machine Adventure

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards 2020, Best Story category | Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2020

Prue is a young farm girl whose older brother, Francis, had a natural talent for engineering. But after his untimely death, the family have been shattered by grief. Everything changes when a stranger arrives at the farm. A new, incredible technology has been discovered in the city of Medlock, where a secretive guild of inventors have found a way to bring spirits of the dead back into the world, capturing their energy and powering animal-like machines. Unaware that Francis has died, the Ghost Guild wants him to join them as an apprentice. Prue poses as "Frances" and goes to Medlock to learn the craft - but she's on a mission of her own, to bring her brother back home. And to find Francis, she needs to find a way to help the ghost machines remember the people they used to be. But if she succeeds, the whole society could fall apart.


More About This Book

On winning the Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story, Author Vashti Hardy said : “It’s a dream come true for Wildspark to win the Best Story category in the 20th year of the wonderful Blue Peter Book Awards. It’s the most spectacular honour to join such a stellar list of past winners. Firing young imaginations, inspiring big dreams, and connecting through story is a deeply magical thing, and I’d like to send my enormous thanks to Blue Peter, BookTrust, the fabulous judges, and all the brilliant young readers who voted. If only childhood me watching Blue Peter after school could see me now!” 

Find out all about the Blue Peter Awards here.

Wildspark Synopsis

A mind-bending adventure from the author of Brightstorm! A year after the death of her older brother, Prue Haywood's family is still shattered by grief. But everything changes when a stranger arrives at the farm. A new, incredible technology has been discovered in the city of Medlock, where a secretive guild of inventors have developed a way to capture spirits of the dead in animal-like machines, bringing them back to life. Prue knows that the Ghost Guild might hold the key to bringing her brother back, so she seizes the stranger's offer to join as an apprentice. But to find her brother, she needs to find a wayto get the ghost machines to remember the people they used to be. Yet if Prue succeeds, all of society could come apart...

Wildspark Press Reviews

"Hardy has a laser-like sense of what appeals to her readership" -
Literary Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781407191553
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Author: Vashti Hardy
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Fantasy / Magical

About Vashti Hardy

Vashti Hardy was a primary school teacher for several years and has always had a keen interest in children’s writing, leading to her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. Vashti is an alumni member and writing buddy of The Golden Egg Academy, and her books Brightstorm and the award-winning Wildspark are critically acclaimed. Vashti lives near Brighton in Sussex.

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