An award-winning, evocative book for younger readers by Lee Battersby and Amy Daoud.
Magrit lives in an abandoned cemetery. She is as forgotten as the tiny graveyard that surrounds her. One night a passing stork drops a strange bundle into the graveyard. Master Puppet, her friend and advisor, tells her it is an awful, ugly, terrible thing and that she should get rid of it. But Magrit has other ideas …
This wonderfully strange yet poignant story of accepting the truth about oneself is perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, and David Almond.
Lee Battersby is the author of several adult novels and over 70 short stories, published in Australia, the US and Europe. His work has been praised for its consistent attention to voice and narrative muscle, and has resulted in a number of awards, including the Aurealis, Australia Shadows and Australia SF “Ditmar” gongs. Lee lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, with his wife, writer Lyn Battersby and an increasingly weird mob of kids. He’s been a stand-up comic, tennis coach, cartoonist, poet, and tax officer in previous times, and he currently works as Arts Officer for a local council, where he gets to play with artists all day. Magrit is his first novel with Walker Books Australia.
Amy Daoud is a freelance book designer based in Sydney. Her publishing career began in 2011 when she joined Walker Books Australia where she spent six and a half years creating covers and internal design for children’s illustrated books, junior fiction and young adult titles. In 2016, Amy was shortlisted for the Young Designer of the Year at the Australian Book Design Awards. Magrit is her first book.
This book is an absolute delight: beautifully written and gorgeously packaged, with echoes of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book in Lee Battersby’s powerful, evocative prose and Amy Daoud’s clever papercut illustrations.
A perfect story for your Year 5/6 girls who like a good supernatural story with a twist.
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The whole book is a gorgeous production that Walker Books Australia should be proud of… I would love to see more books like this for kids and teens!You must get your hands on this book! It is a must-read book that I’m sure everyone will be talking about.
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