The Mystery of the Colour Thief (Paperback)
  • The Mystery of the Colour Thief (Paperback)
  • The Mystery of the Colour Thief (Paperback)
  • The Mystery of the Colour Thief (Paperback)
The Mystery of the Colour Thief (Paperback) The Mystery of the Colour Thief (Paperback)

The Mystery of the Colour Thief (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages
Published: 07/02/2019
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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019

First the accident, then the nightmares. The shadowy thief steals all the colours from Izzy's world leaving her feeling empty and hopeless. Will her new neighbour and a nest full of cygnets save Izzy and solve the mystery of the colour thief? A heartwarming story about families, friendships, school, nature, hope and self-confidence.

After a frightening car accident, Izzy's mum is in a coma. Her family is in pieces. Her best friend at school has dumped her. And her nightmares are haunted by a shadowy man stealing all the colours from her world. She's trying so hard to be brave, but Izzy thinks everything is her fault. Then she meets her new neighbour, Toby, and together they find a nest of cygnets who need rescuing. Particularly the odd one out, called Spike.

Will saving Spike save Izzy? Will she and Toby solve the mystery of the colour thief and bring hope and happiness back to Izzy's life? Written with insight, compassion and empathy - an authentic story about real life and how to survive it.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781786698957
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


'Ewa Jozefkowicz tackles big themes with sincerity and a keen insight into the pre-teen mindset' - The Financial Times.

'A really impressive nuanced debut looking at how to cope with and survive life' - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

'Paints a convincing picture of a harrowing time in a young life [while] offering ample humour, hope and optimism' - Book of the Month, BookTrust

'This book positively deals with difficult issues ... It's perfect for teachers to promote discussions about what it is to feel happy, how we cope when faced with difficult situations and what we can do to support each other to feel well again' - Nikki Gamble, Just Imagine

'This extremely readable novel lays bare the emotions of friendship and family, as well as exploring the impact of nature on our urban lives, and the ways in which we can find hope and confidence in ourselves' - Minerva Reads

'A very thought provoking book; deeply moving with a very tragic story which could happen to anybody in real-life ... This is a fantastic story inspired by life' - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

'Moving and emotionally highly charged, this is a haunting story that will stay with you long after the last page is read' - Parents in Touch

'A really moving story inspired by real experiences and it may see you reaching for the tissues. Powerful feelings are handled in a compassionate way, characters are authentically nuanced and the plot is compelling' - Books for Topics

'[The narrative is] adroitly handled; and the impressive aspect of the story is the depiction of Izzy's disordered state of mind' - Books for Keeps

'A powerful story recording the ripple effect of a tragic accident and the healing process. It is about the rebuilding of self-esteem and the blossoming of new friendships and most importantly the return of hope' - The School Librarian.

'Helping a friend rescue an ailing cygnet offers redemption in a poignant, beautifully poised tale' - The Financial Times, Books of the Year.

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“Stunning debut”

Bullying, life changing events and the endurance of nature and friendship are all addressed here. The story is engaging, the descriptions vivid, and the working through of feelings is beautifully observed. Probably... More

Paperback edition
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“Hope brings the colour back”

The Mystery of the Colour Thief
The Mystery of the Colour Thief
Izzy is beset by a lot of problems in this story, her mum is in a coma in the hospital after a car crash that she feels is her fault, her dad is not... More

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“Don't let the colour disappear from your life”

When I first started reading The Mystery of the Colour Thief I was unsure how the theme of guilt would be portrayed. Izzy is clearly going through a lot with her mother being in hospital and thinking she is... More

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