SHORTLISTED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2021
‘Harper Lee has a worthy successor. Wolk is a big new talent’ The Times
‘Lyrical, timeless . . . A luscious, shivery delight’ Kirkus starred review
1933. When Ellie and her family lose everything, they flee to Echo Mountain. Ellie runs wild, exploring the mountain’s mysteries. But the one she can’t solve is who’s leaving the gifts for her: tiny wooden carvings of animals and flowers, dotted around the mountain for her to find.
Then Ellie’s father has a terrible accident. When she sets out to find a cure for him, she discovers Cate, the outcast witch, and Larkin, a wild mountain boy. From them she learns about being a healer, being brave – and how there can be more to a person than first meets the eye.
An unforgettable novel from the award-winning author of Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea.
‘It is a magical thing to step into a world created by Wolk . . . Captivating’ Booklist starred review
‘Historical fiction at its finest’ The Horn Book starred review
Lyrical, timeless . . . A luscious, shivery delight * Kirkus * It is a magical thing to step into a world created by Wolk . . . Captivating * Booklist * Exquisitely layered . . . Powerful * Publishers Weekly * Lyrical and affecting * Wall Street Journal * Historical fiction at its finest * The Horn Book * Evokes the mountain environment in language so lovely that long passages read like a novel in verse . . . Ellie is a deeply appealing character, and her story feels right for this moment. A reader who wants to make a difference will appreciate the way she rolls up her sleeves and gets things done. And surely there has never been a better time to read about healing, of both the body and the heart * New York Times * Soothing and exquisitely written * People * Evocative and touching . . . In this complex, memorable novel, Wolk explores themes of social responsibility, modern versus traditional medicine, biological versus chosen family and more * Bookpage *
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