Brimming with hope and gorgeously illustrated by Tom de Freston, Julia and the Shark is a mesmerising story of a family, a lighthouse and a quest to find the elusive Greenland shark from the award-winning author of The Girl of Ink & Stars.
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'Days before lockdown there was a fire in my studio that destroyed twelve years worth of work. From the burnt out husk I rescued burnt frames, bags of ash, fragments of destroyed artworks. Much of the artwork for Julia and the Shark was made using these materials, as an act of mourning, transformation and repair. It reflects the central message of the book, that even in the deepest darkness there is always the light of hope.' - Tom de Freston
A timeless story of family, hope and environmental crisis from the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning author of The Girl of Ink and Stars that is also a stunning work of visual art, Julia and the Shark has been taken to our booksellers’ hearts like no other children’s novel.
When her father is required to repair an old lighthouse on a remote island, Julia finds herself on a strange and magical summer holiday. Her mother becomes increasingly determined to find the great Greenland shark – an awesome yet elusive creature that soon fills Julia’s thoughts as well. But when her mother’s determination tips over into obsession, Julia is forced to dive into an adventure with hidden depths and turbulent emotional currents which threatens to submerge them all.
With breathtaking black, white and yellow illustrations created using the ashes from the fire that destroyed de Freston's studio, Julia and the Shark is both a testament to artistic rebirth and an exquisite reflection on family, science and the fragile yet sublime beauty of the environment. Intoxicating and impossible to put down, it is a future classic whose beauty and heart will resound for generations.
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 41 g
Dimensions: 216 x 153 mm
'Captivating' - The Telegraph
'A tale of courage, understanding and compassion' - The Observer
'A triumph' - The Daily Mail
'Illustrated with dreamlike fluency' - The Observer
'A truly beautiful book, with text and illustrations in perfect harmony. A book to treasure!' - Jacqueline Wilson
'Julia and the Shark is deep, beautiful and true. The art shines and the writing soars. A classic from cover to cover' - Eoin Colfer
'There are no wasted words in this book. Like a seashell, or a flying bird, it is uncluttered and vital. The illustrations, by Tom de Freston, are mesmerising. I loved it' - Hilary McKay
'Tom de Freston's stunning illustrations perfectly complement the poetry of Kiran Millwood Hargrave's story' - Cressida Cowell
'A rich, immersive and wondrous journey, through deep darkness to hope and light' - Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs
'What a gorgeous book - calm, funny, heartfelt, wise, full of the quiet and force of the sea' - Ross Montgomery, author of The Midnight Guardians
'I fell in love with the tale itself, the setting (I do love a lighthouse!), the characters and the little details - it's a beautiful, forceful storm of a book' - Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse
'INCREDIBLE. Poignant and lyrical and beautiful, it's my favourite of Kiran's books so far and that is saying something. Tom's stunning artwork just brings it to a whole other level' - Cat Doyle
'Truly extraordinary. Julia and the Shark is contemporary MG at its best but with a hint of the fantastic. It is the kind of book that you will want to have on your shelves and treasure' - Katherine Webber Tsang
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