Illustrated by Joanna Lisowiec.
Editor’s Choice in The Bookseller. The Times Children’s Book of the Week. The Week Junior Book of the Week. Toppsta Book of the Month.
The Island of Morovia is shaped like a broken heart. The humans live on one side of the island, and the alkonosts – the bird-people – live on the other. But it wasn’t always this way…
Linnet wishes she could sing magic, like her father, Nightingale – and bring the two sides of her island together again. For her land has been divided by a terrible tragedy, and Linnet has been banished with her father to the deepest swamps, leaving behind her best friends, Hero and Silver.
So when her father is captured, Linnet must be brave and embark on a treacherous journey. Through alligator pools and sinking sands, she finds new friends. Yet without her singing magic, Linnet discovers something even more powerful. Something that could save her father, and heal the broken heart of her island once more…
With themes of grief, trust, love, and that we have more in common than that which divides us, this is a heartfelt book filled with adventure and stunning storytelling from bestselling Sophie Anderson.
“Themes of division, community and kindness are woven into this spellbinding adventure from one of my favourite contemporary children’s writers.” Fiona Noble, The Bookseller Editor’s Choice
“A story of the dangers of division and the world-saving power of unity, with her fourth novel Anderson cements her place as one of my all-time favourite storytellers.” Kiran Millwood Hargrave, multi-award winning author of Julia and the Shark
“This powerful tale based on Russian folklore tackles issues of prejudice, fear, loyalty and death with a poetic and evocative sensitivity… Richly imaginative, with an important message about cooperation and harmony.” Sally Morris, The Daily Mail
“Timely quest infused with magic.” Alex O’Connell, The Times
“It’s easy to melt away into this story’s world of shipwrecks, floating islands, fortresses, swamp homes and magical bird-people. Underneath the fantasy sit a number of highly relatable themes – divided societies, grief, prejudice and the power of finding hope in dark times. It’s a mesmerising story that has many layers to unpack.“ Alison Leach, Books for Topics
“Captivating fantasy… with evocative setting and strong characters.” Books for Keeps.
“Vividly imagined and rich in detail, this is also a thoughtful and beautiful way of encouraging tolerance.” LoveReading4Schools Staff Pick
“A warm and heartfelt adventure, and just the sort of book that makes youngsters want to read!” Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post
“Linnet’s story blew me away – a nation divided and a young girl who pledges to unite them. There’s so many incredible messages in this about unity, being kind and believing in your own power… Just exceptional.” Steph Elliott, Teacher and Blogger
“Heart warming, legendary and hopeful. Another complete triumph!” Erin Hamilton, Reading Lead and Book Reviewer
“Poignant…powerful…beautiful…a new favourite.” Through the Bookshelf; Teacher, School Librarian and Reviewer
“Readers will be completely mesmerised by the emotion of the story and carried on wings of magic.” Kate Heap, Primary English Consultant and Children’s Book Blogger
“I adore Sophie’s books and this is my favourite one yet.” Tom Griffiths, Teacher and Blogger
“This is just tremendous. An epic, twisting, glorious tale of friendship, courage and magic, and, as is always the way in Sophie’s books, the world-building is just on a whole other level. You truly feel yourself there.” A New Chapter, Children’s Bookstore