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A modern witchy story about celebrating difference
Written by the first Children’s Laureate for Wales, Wilde is a wonderful mix of old legends in a contemporary school setting. The heroine, Wilde, is plagued by strange, supernatural and downright strange events that all seem to gang up and make her stand out from the crowd.
Set in Wales, near a waterfall which has a long history of association with witches – founded on a gruesome tale of death caused long ago in the falls – and a set of strange experiences for Wilde as she tries to settle into her new school all combine to create a beautifully written modern witchy story.
When a local drama practitioner is brought into class to help facilitate a play about the local legend for the end of term it seems as if something has stirred and the witch is trying to curse and frighten everyone. Can Wilde survive all of this – still be herself and yet manage to fit in to the new school?
The book is written with an obvious love of old legends, the sense of place in the book is palpable and Wilde is a delightful lead character – well drawn and thoroughly engaging. This book promises to be equally as feted/praised as Williams previous two novels, Gaslight and Seaglass.
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Can she break the curse of the witch called Winter?
Being different can be dangerous. Wilde is afraid strange things happen around her. Are the birds following her? Moving to live with her aunt seems to make it worse. Wilde is desperate to fit in at her new school. But In a fierce heatwave, in rehearsals for a school play telling the local legend of a witch called Winter, ‘The Witch’ starts leaving pupils frightening curse letters. Can Wilde find out who’s doing it before everyone blames her? Or will she always be the outsider?
‘A spookily good adventure that will hold children spellbound. Bewitching.’ Children's Book of the Week, South Wales Evening Post
‘I loved this contemporary adventure of witches, curses, identity and belonging, from Wales’ children’s laureate.’ Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
‘Completely gripped by Wilde’s fight to find acceptance and friendship, from within herself as well as from others. Full of courage and kindness, and rich with the power of nature, loved it.’ Amy Wilson
‘Packed with chills and thrills, but is also full of heart. I loved it!’ Kat Ellis
‘A truly brave and beautiful book! … Utterly beguiling.’ Zillah Bethel
‘Short, snappy, mysterious and moving – lovely Y6 book.’ Ashley Booth/@MrBoothY6
‘Thrilling throughout … her best yet.’ Scott Evans, the Reader Teacher
|Publication date:||1st May 2020|
|Publisher:||Firefly Press Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3|
|Topics:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical|
Eloise is the inaugural Children’s Laureate Wales 2019-2021, an initiative run by Literature Wales. Having originally trained in Theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she went on to work as a performer, theatre maker and creative practitioner for over a decade before studying for a Masters in Creative and Media Writing at Swansea University in 2011. She is the author of Elen's Island, Gaslight, Seaglass and Wilde.More About Eloise Williams