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Alex Mullarky joins us to share her beautiful fantasy adventure story - The Sky Beneath the Stone - a soaring journey of family, friendship, overcoming fear -- and realising that we are never as lost as we think we are.
Thirteen-year-old Ivy North is an adventurer. She can pitch a tent in four minutes flat, knows the local landscape like the back of her hand, and she's an expert map reader. There's just one problem.
She's afraid to go outside.
But when her little brother is transformed into a kestrel by a powerful sorcerer, Ivy is the only one who can rescue him. Following him through a mysterious hole in the garden wall, she emerges in Underfell -- an enchanted realm that seems like the Lake District she knows, but is dangerously different.
Battling her dread of being out in the open, Ivy must gather all her courage to navigate a path across this extraordinary world, where powerful fairies with birds' wings fly through purple skies and a ghostly spectre haunts her every step. With the help of an unexpected new friend, can Ivy break the spell -- before her brother becomes a bird forever?
Suitable for age 9 - 12 year olds.
"I absolutely adored this! The Sky Beneath the Stone is beautiful, bright and brilliant – a perfect blend of magic, adventure and heart, with a gorgeous Cumbrian setting, a wonderful weaving of nature, folklore and history, heart-lifting incidental inclusivity, and OS grid references at the start of each chapter so you can map the journey! It is one of those books I want to press into every young reader’s hands, because I know so many of them will fall in love with it.” - Sophie Anderson, Carnegie-shortlisted author of The House with Chicken Legs
Cover art by Diana Renjina