There May Be a Castle (Paperback)
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There May Be a Castle (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 05/10/2017
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After a car accident, a boy called Mouse finds himself in a magical land in this powerfully original, surprising and wonderfully moving tale about love, family and the power to shape your own story from the award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.

A remarkable story about love, loss and the power of the imagination, from an award-winning, celebrated writer for children.

On a frozen Christmas Eve, Mouse Mallory and his family set off across a snow-white valley to visit his grandparents. They never arrive.

As the wheels skid off the icy road, Mouse is thrown from the car. When he wakes, he finds himself in a magical landscape, with only a talkative sheep and a very bossy horse for company. And they tell him: this is your story now.

So begins Mouse's extraordinary quest through a world of wonder. A world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known. All to find a castle, somewhere, beyond.

But why is Mouse looking for a castle? As thoughts of his family back at the car begin to surface, Mouse realises this might be the most important journey he will ever make...

This is a novel about love and death. It's about the power of stories to change the way we view the world - and it's about the power of a child to change their own world. Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times.

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781784292744
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 27 mm


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'Piers Torday is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure... Torday understands the lot of the younger sibling, the power of the imagination to heal and the strong, irregular rhythms of grief.' - The Times

'Heartbreaking, surprising, uplifting - Mouse's snowbound journey is one you'll remember for a long, long time. There May Be a Castle proves that stories matter. They really do.' - The Bookbag

'Piers Torday continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best writers for children working today.' - The Guardian

'Original, ingenious and bold... I am still reeling.' - The Sunday Times

'Brimming with humour and excitement... beautifully described and the tension never breaks.' - Philip Womack, Scoop

'Heart-warming and heart-wrenching... another fantastic tale from Piers Torday and one not to miss.' - Carousel

'An outstanding book and a future classic.' - School Librarian

'Mesmerising and overwhelming with emotion.' - Booktrust

'Full marks... for a story not afraid to take on some of the fundamentals of life while still managing to preserve the lightest of touches.' - Books For Keeps

'Not many books change readers' views of the world, this might be one of them.' - LoveReading4Kids

'Original in its accurate representation of the actual experience of children and its satirical approach to the fantastical... this novel works emotional truth and tension into its adventure and comedy.' - The Sunday Times

'Piers Torday... is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure.' - The Times

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“A fiercely imaginative adventure threading reality with fiction in a moving tale of courage”

It's Christmas Eve when Violet, Mouse and their little sister Esme bundle up in the car with mum to make the trip across the valley for the annual festive celebrations with their grandparents. Because of a snow... More

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Sharon, Bookseller at Waterstones Gloucester

“Stunning, moving & emotional”

I received a proof copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

It has been a long while since a read this book, but it has stayed with me.

This novel was an emotional journey (I cried a lot), but I feel that it... More

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