Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Book 1 - Nevermoor (Paperback)Jessica Townsend (author)
Boasting a stunningly imaginative world and characters to take to your heart, the first instalment of Townsend’s fantasy series finds young Morrigan Crowe saved from an early fate and whisked off to the remarkable Wundrous Society.
Younger Fiction Category Winner, Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018
The journalists arrived before the coffin did. They gathered at the gate overnnight and by dawn they were a crowd. By nine o'clock they were a swarm.
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day of the year, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away to the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter wants her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart - an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have.
To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - otherwise she'll have to leave and confront her deadly fate once and for all.
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm
'Funny and delightful' - The Sunday Times, children's book of the week
'The subject of a heated publishers' auction, Townsend's debut fully lives up the hype.' - Mail on Sunday
'This magical debut novel is a dazzling and engrossing feat of imagination' - Daily Express
'Written with a wonderful deadpan humour and sharp dialogue, this is a must for the next Harry Potter generation' - Daily Mail
'Welcome to your new obsession, Harry Potter fans. This perfectly measured combination of mystery, magic, a loveable heroine and an engrossing plot is one of our favourite children's novels of 2017' - iBooks Review
'A wonderful, warm-hearted magical adventure [that] will instantly draw you in-* S Magazine - Sunday Express
'Exciting, mysterious, marvellous and magical . . . quite simply one of the best children's books I've read in years' - Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike
'An extraordinary story full of magics great and small, from the Hotel Deucalion to the Magnificat . . . Townsend has created a book of wunders. In Morrigan Crow I've found a heroine I'm willing to step boldly after, and follow her wherever her adventure takes her next' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars
'Endlessly inventive, with a fresh delight on every page, Nevermoor rewrites the genre of the Chosen Child novel. This is a special book.' - David Solomons, author of My Brother is a Superhero
'A full-speed joy of a book; funny, quick-footed, and wildly, magically inventive' - Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers
'Townsend's debut fully lives up to its hype' - YOU magazine
'Townsend's intensely cinematic writing, quirky humour and superior world-building conjure a genuinely fresh take on magical fantasy' - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
'Utterly mesmerising from start to finish, Nevermoor is a masterful piece of storytelling, full of wonderful characters and world so rich in magical detail you'll think you've actually stepped into it.' - Claire Fayers, author of Accidental Pirates: Voyage to Magical North
'Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is more than just a spectacular debut. Exciting, charming, and wonderfully imagined, it's the sort of delightful grand adventure destined to be many a reader's favorite book * Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society
'Charming, magical and the perfect book to lose yourself in during the Christmas break...' - The School Run
'The plot is fast-paced, there is a pleasing mix of menace and humour and Morrigan is an appealing, compelling hero, always ready to 'step boldly' into the dangerous and enticing world of Nevermoor.' - The School Librarian
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