The Time of Green Magic (Paperback)Hilary McKay (author)
Sprightly and magical, this story of hauntings and house-guests finds the author of former Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, The Skylarks’ War, at the top of her game. Spooky shenanigans abound when our young heroes find themselves alone in their new home, as McKay judges the jumps and the giggles to absolute perfection.
From Costa Award-winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding novel about family, magic, an old house and a mysterious visitor . . .
Abi and her two step-brothers, Max and Louis, find that strange things happen when they are alone in their eerie, ivy-covered new house.
Abi, reading alone, finds herself tumbling deep into books, while Louis summons a startling guest through his bedroom window. Even Max has started to see shapes in the shadows . . .
Their busy parents see none of it - but Louis' secret visitor is growing too alarming to keep secret, and he finds he cannot manage without Max and Abi's help.
Can they find out where the mysterious creature has come from - and how to get it back there?
'An instant classic' New York Times
'Wise and kind . . . full of characters you will give your whole heart to' Anna James
'The emotions of real families have always been [McKay's forte], but in this evocative novel she makes something fantastical happen' Sunday Times
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 172 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 16 mm
'The emotions of real families have always been [McKay's] forte, but in this evocative novel she makes something fantastical happen' - Sunday Times
'This is magic without whimsy, a story about secrets and the power of books, with enough edge-of-the-seat moments to keep you hugging a cushion.' - Observer
'A wonderful, sensitive depiction of the highs and lows experienced when trying to blend two families.' - The Times - Children's Books of the Year
'The real pleasure of McKay's fiction lies in her eye for the everyday. There is always drama in her books, but she is too confident a writer to feel the need to shatter any teacups - and unusually for a children's author, many of her tales have no obvious villain.' - The Telegraph - Best Books of the Year
'Wise and kind and utterly heart-wrenching and full of characters you will give your whole heart to' - Anna James
This story of blended families and a house where books come to life would make a perfect Christmas present for any bookish nine- to 12-year-old.' - Sally Nichols, The Observer - Children's Books of the Year
'Wise, funny and thoughtful, there are so many touching moments in this lovely book.' - ReadingZone
'Vivid, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Hilary McKay's radiant characters touch my heart like real people, friends and loved ones I know well. Possibly the finest writer of our time.' - Elizabeth Wein
'A bewitching tale about blended families and the power of books told with all the wisdom and heart you would expect.' - Bookseller
'Hilary McKay is one of the great writers of children's fiction' - Sarah Hughes, Independent
'McKay couples warmth and grace with wry humour like nobody else out there' - Katherine Rundell, The Guardian
'Picking up a book by Hilary McKay is like slipping on bed socks on a chilly night. She knows how to look after her readers by ensuring that her characters are interesting and loveable from the start . . .' - The Times on The Skylarks' War, selected as Children's Book of the Year
'Hilary McKay has a rare gift for novels about families and their interplay.' - LoveReading4Kids
'McKay is a superb writer' - Sally Morris, Daily Mail
'Hilary McKay writes with a wry wit, warmth and just the right amount of now-characteristic whimsy' - Anne Fine, BookTrust Books of the Year, 2019
'McKay leaves enticing ambiguity between the real and fantastical, creating an unassailable magic of her own in an incandescent portrait of family, friendship, and imagination.' - Publishers Weekly
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