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Written by Alexandra Page

Illustrated by Penny Neville-Lee

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Animal Stories Fantasy / Magical

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A magical Christmas adventure

October 2021 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2021

A whirlwind adventure unfolds from the moment that lonely Penny Black helps a mysterious furry creature escape from a mouse trap in her uncle’s post office. But the creature isn’t a mouse…nor is it a rat – as it is quick to tell Penny when it introduces itself as Wishyouwas as a Sorter. Second Class. Soon Penny finds herself swept off on a wild underground adventure following the mystery of missing letters and helping the army of Sorters, Deliverers and the rest return them to their rightful owners. Rich in word play, including the wonderful names of the hidden Post Office team, this is a magical and cleverly created world of make-believe.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for October 2021

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe and Robert Ingpen

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift and Robert Ingpen

The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl by Stella Caldwell and Quentin Blake

Wishyouwas by Alexandra Page and Penny Neville-Lee

Count by Melvin Burgess and Chris Mould

How Was that Built by Roma Agrawal

Wishyouwas Synopsis

Classic-feeling storytelling with bags of charm. Fans of thrilling animal adventure and enchanting underground worlds will fall in love with Wishyouwas.

It's 1952 in smog-shrouded London. Christmas might be fast approaching, but with her mum away and Uncle Frank busy running the post office, Penny Black is lonelier than ever. All that changes when Penny discovers a small, fluffy, funny, springy and - most importantly - talking creature in the post office one night, trying to make off with a letter. But Wishyouwas is no thief. He's a Sorter, and he soon introduces Penny to a fascinating secret world hidden in the tunnels underneath the city's streets.

Self-appointed guardians of lost mail, the Sorters have dedicated their lives to rescuing letters that have gone astray and making sure they get delivered to their rightful owners. Penny is determined to protect the Sorters, but how long will she be able to keep them safe with Stanley Scrawl, the sinister Royal Mail Rat Catcher, on the prowl? Can Penny save the Sorters and deliver a joyful Christmas?

Wishyouwas Press Reviews

For a feel-good, fast-paced, magical Christmas journey beneath London then look no further than Wishyouwas ... it's a story you can get truly lost in! - Treat Yo Shelf

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526641212
Publication date: 30th September 2021
Author: Alexandra Page
Illustrator: Penny Neville-Lee
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Animal Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Festive Fiction

About Alexandra Page

Alexandra Page spent her early childhood being airmailed between England and Zimbabwe and making up stories to entertain her younger sisters and brother. After studying English Literature at University College London, she worked for several years in book production and then in the City, before venturing into writing. Alexandra loves being creative, travelling to far-flung places and swimming in anything bigger than a puddle. She lives in London with her husband and daughter. Wishyouwas is Alexandra's first children's book. It won the WriteMentor Children's Novel Award in 2019 and was also shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition.

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