The Boy Who Lost His Spark, Maggie O'Farrell ( hardback October 2022)
The new children's book from multi-award-winning author of Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell, paired once more with Daniela Terrazzini's stunning illustrations. When Jem and his family move to the countryside, he doesn't like his new home one bit. It's an old cottage on the side of a hill, where strange things keep happening: shoes are filled up with conkers, the stairs become tangled in a woollen maze.
Jem's sister Verity is certain it is the work of a "nouka", an ancient creature from local folklore that lives deep down inside the hill. Jem, however, is adamant that there is no such thing. But this small mythical creature, so attuned to the hearts and minds of others, does exist.
And, what's more, it is determined, through mischief and mayhem, to help Jem reignite the spark within himself once more.
Those of you who know Maggie O'Farrell's soothing style of writing will know that this is a very special children's story - Linda